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    Dear BIOMCH-L subscriber:

    A big research project entitled "Biomechanics of Structure and Function of
    Living Cells, Tissues, and Organs" was launched in 1992, and very
    successfully continued for 3 years, being financially supported by a
    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas from the Ministry of
    Education, Science, and Culture, Japan with myself as the principal
    investigator. The budget of the project was totally US$7millions. Since
    we don't need to pay for students and postdoctoral fellows from this kind
    of budget in Japan, we could use this budget only for research equipments,
    experimental supplies, and travel expenses.

    The project was composed of the following 5 programs: 1) Mechanical
    properties of living cells, tissues, and organs; 2) Biomechanics of
    orthopaedic systems and motion analysis; 3) Biomechanics of the circulatory
    system; 4) Computational biomechanics; and 5) Functional adaptation and
    remodeling of biological tissues and organs. A report of the project
    which includes brief summaries of the results obtained from all the
    research programs is published by the end of this month, although it is all
    written in Japanese. In additon to this report, however, to document the
    unique and important results from the project, we edited three books
    entitled "Data Book on Mechanical Properties of Living Cells, Tissues, and
    Organs", "Biomechanics - Functional Adaptation and Remodeling", and
    "Computational Biomechanics" for the above mentioned research programs 1),
    5), and 4), respectively. The first volume contains basic data collected
    from published articles and also presents original data obtained from the
    project. The second and third volumes contain 13 and 12 original
    monographs on cardiovascular, orthopaedic, and orthodontic biomechanics.
    These books have been published from Springer-Verlag, Tolyo.

    If you have any question on the project, please feel free to contact me.

    Sincerely yours,

    Kozaburo Hayashi
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    Kozaburo Hayashi, Ph.D.
    Biomechanics Laboratory
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering Science
    Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka 560, Japan
    Phone:+81-6-850-6170 Fax:+81-6-850-6171
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