Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Soslowsky Laboratory

Benjamin Freedman

Benjamin Freedman

Graduate Student in Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania

2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Hometown: Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2011, University of Rochester

Areas of Special Interest: Tendon and bone biomechanics, imaging-based methods to study tendon healing, MRI, patellofemoral pain, osteoarthritis, wear debris induced periprosthetic osteolysis.

Publications:

  1. Schiavenato M, Freedman BR, Lam E. Validation of The Procedural Load Index Scale for Estimating Procedural Distress in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. (in preparation)
  2. Freedman BR, Gordon JA, Soslowsky LJ. The Achilles Tendon: Fundamental Properties and Mechanisms Governing Healing. (in review)
  3. Riggin CN, Sarver JJ, Freedman BR, Thomas SJ, Soslowsky LJ. Analysis of Collagen Organization in Mouse Achilles Tendon using High-Frequency Ultrasound Imaging (in review)
  4. Freedman BR, Brindle TJ, Sheehan FT. Re-evaluating the functional implications of the Q-angle and its relationship to in vivo patellofemoral kinematics. (in review)
  5. Freedman BR, Sarver JJ, Buckley MR, Voleti PB, Soslowsky LJ.  Biomechanical and structural response of healing Achilles tendon to fatigue loading following acute injury. J Biomechanics November 2013.
  6. Ahmadzadeh H, Connizzo BK, Freedman BR, Soslowsky LJ, Shenoy VB. Determining the Contribution of Glycosaminoglycans to Tendon Mechanical Properties with a Modified Shear-Lag Model. J Biomechanics, July 2013.
  7. Buckley MR, Sarver JJ, Freedman BR, Soslowsky LJ. The Dynamics of Collagen Uncrimping and Lateral Contraction in Tendon and the Effect of Ionic Concentration. J Biomechanics, July 2013.
  8. Schiavenato M, Antos SA, Bell FA, Freedman BR, Kozak AJ, Kroot, TB, Lam EH, Ross, KE, Sternfield BA, Carney, LH. Development of a scale for estimating procedural distress in the newborn intensive care unit: The Procedural Load Index. Early Hum Dev., May 2013.
  9. Freedman BR, Sheehan FT. Predicting Three-dimensional Patellofemoral Kinematics from Static Imaging-Based Alignment Measures. J Orthopaedic Research, October 2012.

Conference Abstracts:

  1. Freedman BR, Lerner AL. MR-based analysis of patellofemoral cartilage contact, thickness, and alignment during deep knee flexion. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, 2014.
  2. Freedman BR, Tseng WJ, Fryhofer GW, Liu XS, Soslowky LJ. Novel application of a µCT perfusion technique to evaluate Achilles tendon vessel microarchitecture in three dimensions. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, 2014.
  3. Freedman BR, Zuskov A, Sarver JJ, Buckley MR, Kumar AK, Soslowsky LJ. Evaluating changes in tendon crimp with fatigue loading as an ex vivo structural assessment of tendon damage. Trans Orthop Res Soc, New Orleans. 2014.
  4. Zuskov A, Dunkman AA, Soenjaya Y, Freedman BR, Soslowsky LJ, Goldberg HA. Alterations in the Mechanical Properties of Patellar Tendons in Bone Sialoprotein-Null Mice. Trans Orthop Res Soc, New Orleans. 2014.
  5. Freedman BR, Sarver JJ, Buckley MR, Voleti PB, Soslowsky LJ. Biomechanical and structural response of Achilles tendon to fatigue loading following acute injury. Trans Orthop Res Soc, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2014.
  6. Connizzo BK, Freedman BR, Sun M, Birk DE, Soslowsky LJ. Collagen V Null Mice Have Decreased ACL Mechanical Properties and Altered Fibril Morphology. Trans Orthop Res Soc, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2014.
  7. Hossein, Connizzo, Freedman BR, Soslowsky LJ, Shenoy VB. Determining the Contribution of Glycosaminoglycans to Tendon Mechanical Properties with a Modified Shear-Lag Model. MRS, Boston, MA, 2013.
  8. Sheehan FT, Freedman BR, Brindle TJ. Re-evaluating the functional implications of the Q-angle and its relationship to in vivo patellofemoral kinematics. International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat, Vancouver, Canada, 2013.
  9. Riggin CN, Sarver JJ, Freedman BR, Thomas SJ, Soslowsky LJ. Analysis of collagen fiber organization in mouse Achilles tendon using high-frequency ultrasound imaging. ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Sun River, Oregon, 2013.
  10. Freedman BR, Sarver JJ, Voleti PB, Buckley MR, Soslowsky LJ. Injured Achilles tendon exhibits inferior mechanical and structural response during fatigue loading. Trans Orthop Res Soc, San Antonio, Texas, 38:0615. 2013.
  11. Ilkhani-Pour S, Voleti PB, Buckley MR, Freedman BR, Iozzo RV, Birk DE, Soslowsky LJ. Achilles Tendon Repair Response to Injury is Enhanced by the Absence of Decorin. Trans Orthop Res Soc, San Antonio, Texas, 38:0616. 2013.
  12. Freedman BR, Baig HA, Guarino BB, Winkelstein BA. Biomechanical Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Spinal Ligaments: A Potential Mechanism of Tissue Damage. Northeast Bioengineering Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2012.
  13. Freedman BR, Sheehan FT. Reliability and Predictability of Static MR Joint Alignment Surrogates to Patellofemoral Kinematics. Trans Orthop Res Soc, San Francisco, California, 2012.
  14. Freedman BR, Behnam AJ, Sheehan FT. Predicting Maltracking in Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome through Novel MR-based Joint Posture Measures. International Society of Biomechanics Congress, Brussels, Belgium, 2011.
  15. Antos SA, Bell FA, Freedman BR, Kozak AJ, Kroot TB, Ross KE, Sternfield BA, Carney LH, Schiavenato MS. Defining and Measuring Procedure Load Index Values for Premature Infants. Biomedical Engineering Society, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, 2009.

Honors and Awards

Phi Beta Kappa 2011; Tau Beta Pi, 2010

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011.

International Society of Biomechanics Student Travel Award, ISB Congress, Brussels, Belgium 2011.

2nd Place Poster Winner, Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium, University of Pennsylvania, 2011.

BME Undergraduate Service Award, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2011.

2nd Place Presentation, University of Rochester Research Expo, "What is the Q-angle really measuring? A Novel Alternative to Predict Patellar Maltracking", 2011.

1st Place Forbes Entrepreneurial Competition, University of Rochester, 2011.

3rd Place Mark Ain Business Plan Competition, University of Rochester, 2011.

Ben joined the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory in the fall of 2011 and is currently working towards the completion of his graduate studies in the Department of Bioengineering. In his spare time, Ben enjoys sailing, skiing, playing piano, and explaining tendon biomechanics to local Sherpa while climbing Mount Everest.