Cameron R. Bass

Bass

Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Cameron R. 'Dale' Bass is an Associate Research Professor with Duke's Department of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Injury and Othopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory.

A major research focus of Dr. Bass is the study of blast-related brain injury and injury mechanisms. Past research has concentrated air containing organs, such as the lungs and bowel. Results from the limited evidence of over 80 years of experimentation suggested that the brain tolerance for blast was much greater than the pulmonary tolerance for blast. However, recent anecdotal evidence suggests that many soldiers returning from combat have symptoms that are consistent with underlying brain injuries. The etiology for these injuries is unclear and may include a spectrum of sources from blunt impact injuries to post traumatic stress disorder to primary blast injuries.

The primary goals of this research are to:

  • determine injury thresholds for blast brain injury
  • identify injury mechanisms underlying blast brain injury

This research may help reduce the frequency of brain injury caused by blast events, help identify treatments for such injury, and provide the knowledge to develop better protective equipment to protect against such injuries. Many projects involve multi-disciplinary collaborations between BME, Duke University Medical Center, Durham Veterans Affairs, and other major research institutions.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 1994
  • B.S. University of Virginia, 1980

Research Interests

Dr. Bass's research interests include the biomechanics of blast, blunt and ballistic trauma and pediatric trauma. His research focuses on injury risk from microscale to macroscale for the head, neck, thorax and extremities.

Courses Taught

  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 535: Biomedical Aspects of Blast and Ballistics (GE, BB)
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Eckersley, CP; Nightingale, RW; Luck, JF; Bass, CR, The role of cervical muscles in mitigating concussion., Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, vol 22 no. 6 (2019), pp. 667-671 [10.1016/j.jsams.2019.01.009] [abs].
  • Wood, GW; Panzer, MB; Cox, CA; Bass, CR, Interspecies Scaling in Blast Pulmonary Trauma, Human Factors and Mechanical Engineering for Defense and Safety, vol 2 no. 1 (2018) [10.1007/s41314-018-0013-1] [abs].
  • Brooks, ED; Landau, DJ; Everitt, JI; Brown, TT; Grady, KM; Waskowicz, L; Bass, CR; D'Angelo, J; Asfaw, YG; Williams, K; Kishnani, PS; Koeberl, DD, Long-term complications of glycogen storage disease type Ia in the canine model treated with gene replacement therapy., J Inherit Metab Dis, vol 41 no. 6 (2018), pp. 965-976 [10.1007/s10545-018-0223-y] [abs].
  • Op ‘t Eynde, J; Ortiz-Paparoni, M; Lucas, SR; Bass, CR, Novel fractional viscoelastic model of ligaments for high strain rates, Conference Proceedings International Research Council on the Biomechanics of Injury, Ircobi, vol 2018-September (2018), pp. 673-679 [abs].
  • Schmidt, AL; Ortiz-Paparoni, MA; Shridharani, JK; Nightingale, RW; Bass, CR, Time and temperature sensitivity of the Hybrid III neck., Traffic Injury Prevention, vol 19 no. 6 (2018), pp. 657-663 [10.1080/15389588.2018.1480832] [abs].