Summary of Research
Our multidisciplinary research unit deals with clinical perspectives of historic human remains. A major goal of the project is to gain a better understanding of ongoing processes of development in modern clinically relevant disorders, e.g. trauma or degenerative musculoskeletal diseases. For this purpose, state-of-the-art diagnostic and analytic methods are used, including the evaluation of bone microarchitecture, the assessment of biomechanical parameters or the reconstruction of injury-mechanisms. Furthermore, reliable guidelines are developed for use when assessing findings in diagnostic imaging of skeletal human remains in the context of palopathology.
Diagnostic Imaging (CT, MRI) at the Institute of Forensic Medicine, UZH and the Orthopedic University Clinic Balgrist
Histology at the Institute of Diagnostic Pathology, University Hospital Zurich
Radiocarbon Dating at the Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, ETHZ
Micro-CT and Breast-CT, Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich
Selected Published Articles
van Schaik K, Eisenberg R, Bekvalac J, Rühli F. Evaluating the relationship between lesion burden and aging among the skeletons of an 18th-19th century London cemetery using osteological and radiological analysis. PLoS One. 2018, 13(4):e0196448.
Rühli FJ, Galassi FM, Häusler, M. Palaeopathology: current challenges and medical impact. Clin Anat 2016 Oct; 29(7): 816-22.
Van Schaik K, Rühli F. Health is not always written in bone: using a modern comorbidity index to assess disease load in paleopathology. Am J Physical Anthropol, 2014; 154:215-221.
Gruber P, Böni T, Rühli F. History of Paleopathology in Switzerland. In: Buikstra JE, Roberts CA, Schreiner SM (eds): The Global History of Palaeopathology: Pioneers and Prospects. New York/Oxford, Oxford University Press: 559-568, 2012.
Schiess R, Böni T, Rühli F, Haeusler M. Revisiting Scoliosis in the KNM-WT 15000 Homo erectus skeleton. J Hum Evol 2014; 67:48-59.