Brittany Coats portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioengineering
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Research Keywords

  • Vitreoretinal Disease
  • Vision
  • Traumatic Brain or Head Injury
  • Trauma
  • Retina
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Ocular Trauma
  • Materials Testing
  • Injury in Children
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Eye Injuries
  • Disorders of the Optic Nerve
  • Child Abuse or Neglect
  • Brain Injury
  • Biomechanics

Presentations

  • Do Helmets Make Contact Sports Safer. 35th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium. Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/10/2017.
  • Temporal Progression of Eye Injury following Blast Exposure. 6th Military Vision symposium on Ocular & Vision Injury. Boston, MA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 03/31/2017.
  • Simulating traumatic brain injury. Osher Lecture Series, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/16/2017.
  • Lee HK, Luo S, Colter J, Coats B, Cady N, Wirostko B, Mann B. Carboxymethylated Hyaluronic acid (CMHA-S) based ocular delivery of antibiotics. ARVO. Baltimore, MD. May 2017. Conference Paper, Refereed, Submitted, 12/2016.
  • Colter J, Lee HK, Mann B, Wirostko B, Coats B. Coefficient of friction between carboxymethylated hyaluronic acid (CMHA-S) films and ocular surface. ARVO. Baltimore, MD. May 2017. Selected for Podium Presentation. Conference Paper, Refereed, Submitted, 12/2016.
  • Colter J, Cady N, Mann B, Wirostko B, Coats B. Finite element design of a carboxymethylated hyaluronic acid (CMHA-S) ocular bandage. ARVO. Seattle, WA. May 2017. Conference Paper, Refereed, Submitted, 12/2016.
  • Basics: Biomechanics of abusive head trauma. 15th International Conference on SBS/AHT. Montreal, CA. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/19/2016.
  • Using finite element analysis to improve deformation calculations in MRI imaging. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. Tel Aviv, Israel. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 09/14/2016.
  • Lee HK, Ham B, Luo S, Coats B, Cady N, Mann B, Rafii MJ, Wirostko, B. Cross-linked carboxymethylated hyaluronic acid (CMHA-S) based ocular sustained delivery of antibiotics. ARVO. Seattle, WA. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2016.
  • Temporal progression of ocular pathology following primary blast exposure. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Moran Eye Center. University of Utah. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/20/2016.

Research Groups

  • Robert Metcalf, Undergraduate Student. Mechanical Engineering. 09/01/2016 - 05/15/2017.

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • 1 kN single column commercial testing frame (Instron model 5943) fitted with 5 N load cell. Delicate tension, compression, peel testing, multiple rates available. Contact: Brittany Coats , 5-0586 , 2120 MEB.
  • 15' blast shock wave tube.
  • AR-G2 Rheometer (TA Instruments) for dynamic shear, creep, or compression testing. Contact: Brittany Coats , 5-0586 , 2120 MEB.
  • Bioptigen Optical Coherence Tomography.
  • Finite Element Analysis Software: Abaqus, Patran, Hypermesh. Contact: Brittany Coats , 5-0586 , 2120 MEB.
  • high rate accelerometers, pressure transducers.

Languages

  • English, fluent.

Publications

  • Colter J, Wirostko B, Coats B. Finite element design of a hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel drug delivery device for improved retention. Biomaterials. In Review. Submitted, 12/08/2016.
  • Tsai A, Coats B, Kleinman P. Biomechanics of the Classic Metaphyseal Lesion: Finite Element Analysis. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Submitted, 11/16/2016.
  • Scott GG, Margulies SS & Coats B (2016). Utilizing multiple scale models to improve predictions of extra-axial hemorrhage in the immature piglet. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology. Vol. 15, 1101-19. Published, 09/01/2016.
  • Coats B, Binenbaum G, Smith C, Peiffer RL, Christian CW, Duhaime AC & Margulies SS (2016). Cyclic Head Rotations Produce Modest Brain Injury in Infant Piglets. Journal of neurotrauma. Vol. 34, 235-247. Published, 05/01/2016.
  • Coats B and Shedd D. Biomechanics of eye injury in military scenarios. In. A. Gefen (Ed.) Mechanobiology and Mechanophysiology of Military-Related Injuries. New York: Spring. (2016). Published, 01/2016.
  • Binenbaum, Gil, Evans, Shaun M., Lee, Vivian & Coats, Brittany (2015). Evaluation of optic nerve compression as a potential cause of retinal hemorrhage in infants. Elsevier BV. Vol. 19(4), e37-e38. Published, 2015.
  • Li H, Agarwal J, Coats B, Gale BK. Optimization and evaluation of a vascular coupling device for end-to-end anastomosis: a finite element analysis. Journal of Medical Devices. 2016 March; 10:011003-1-7. In press, 11/2015.
  • Li H, Gehrke C, Sant H, Coats B, Agarwal J, Gale BK. A new vascular coupler design for end-to-end anastomosis: fabrication and proof of concept evaluations. Journal of Medical Devices. 2015 Sept; 9(3):031002-6. Published, 09/2015.
  • Sullivan S, Eucker SA, Gabrieli D, Bradfield C, Coats B, Maltese MR, Lee J, Smith C & Margulies SS (2015). White matter tract-oriented deformation predicts traumatic axonal brain injury and reveals rotational direction-specific vulnerabilities. Biomechanics and modeling in mechanobiology. Vol. 14, 877-96. Published, 07/01/2015.
  • Sullivan S, Coats B & Margulies SS (2015). Biofidelic neck influences head kinematics of parietal and occipital impacts following short falls in infants. Accident; analysis and prevention. Vol. 82, 143-53. Published, 07/01/2015.
  • Farrer AI, Odéen H, de Bever J, Coats B, Parker DL, Payne A & Christensen DA (2015). Characterization and evaluation of tissue-mimicking gelatin phantoms for use with MRgFUS. Journal of therapeutic ultrasound. Vol. 3, 9. Pending, 07/01/2015.
  • Scott G & Coats B (2015). Microstructural characterization of the pia-arachnoid complex using optical coherence tomography. IEEE transactions on medical imaging. In press, 02/01/2015.
  • Payne A, de Bever J, Farrer A, Coats B, Parker DL & Christensen DA (2015). A simulation technique for 3D MR-guided acoustic radiation force imaging. Medical physics. Vol. 42, 674-84. Published, 02/01/2015.
  • Colter J, Williams A, Moran P & Coats B (2014). Age-related changes in dynamic moduli of ovine vitreous. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials. Vol. 41, 315-24. Published, 12/01/2014.
  • Brooks, Amanda E., Brooks, Benjamin D., Coats, Brittany, Davidoff, Sherry N., Grainger, David W., Lawson, Scott, Sinclair, Kristofer D. & Williams, Alex G. (2014). Molded polymer-coated composite bone void filler improves tobramycin controlled release kinetics: Molded Polymer-Coated Composite Bone Void Filler. Wiley-Blackwell. n/a-n/a. Published, 2014.
  • Brooks BD, Sinclair KD, Davidoff SN, Lawson S, Williams AG, Coats B, Grainger DW & Brooks AE (2014). Molded polymer-coated composite bone void filler improves tobramycin controlled release kinetics. Journal of biomedical materials research. Part B, Applied biomaterials. Vol. 102, 1074-83. Published, 06/01/2014.
  • Coats, Brittany & Saffioti, Jami M. (2013). Age Dependent and Anisotropic Material Properties of Immature Porcine Sclera. ASME International. V01AT05A015. Published, 2013.
  • Frasier L, Coats B, Kleinman P. Abusive Head Trauma. In P. Kleinman (Ed.) Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse. 3rd Edition. Elsevier Science Health, St. Louis Missouri (in preparation, est. publication date: 2014). In press, 10/2013.
  • Grant E, Coats B, Hedlund G. Neuroimaging. In P. Kleinman (Ed.) Diagnostic Imaging of Child Abuse. 3rd Edition. Elsevier Science Health, St. Louis MIssouri (2014). In press, 03/2013.
  • Moran, Patrick & Coats, Brittany (2012). Biological Sample Preparation for SEM Imaging of Porcine Retina. Cambridge University Press (CUP). Vol. 20(02), 28-31. Published, 2012.
  • Tsai A, Coats B & Kleinman PK (2012). Stress profile of infant rib in the setting of child abuse: A finite element parametric study. Journal of biomechanics. Vol. 45, 1861-8. Published, 07/01/2012.
  • Coats B and Margulies SS. Material properties of the pediatric head. In J. Crandall, D. Meaney, & B. Myers (Eds), Pediatric Injury Biomechanics. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Published, 05/2012.
  • Coats B, Eucker S, Sullivan S, Margulies SS. Finite element model predictions of intracranial hemorrhage from non-impact rapid head rotations in the piglet. Published, 05/2012.
  • Margulies SS and Coats B. Biomechanics of head trauma in infants and young children. In C. Jenny (Ed), Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, treatment and evidence. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier. (2010). Published, 09/15/2010.
  • Coats B, Binenbaum G, Peiffer RL, Forbes BJ & Margulies SS (2010). Ocular hemorrhages in neonatal porcine eyes from single, rapid rotational events. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science. Vol. 51, 4792-7. Published, 08/01/2010.
  • Ibrahim NG, Natesh R, Szczesny SE, Ryall K, Eucker SA, Coats B & Margulies SS (2010). In situ deformations in the immature brain during rapid rotations. Journal of biomechanical engineering. Vol. 132, 044501. Published, 04/01/2010.
  • Margulies SS and Coats B. Biomechancis of pediatric TBI. In V. Anderson & K Yeates (eds), Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: New Frontiers in Clinical and Translational Research. New York: Cambridge University Press. (2010). Published, 03/15/2010.
  • Margulies SS, Coats B, Christian C, Forbes B, Duhaime AC. What can we learn from computational model studies of the eye? JAAPOS. 2009 Aug; 13(4):332. Published, 08/2009.
  • Coats B & Margulies SS (2008). Potential for head injuries in infants from low-height falls. Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics. Vol. 2, 321-30. Published, 11/01/2008.
  • Coats B, Ji S, & Margulies SS (2008). Parametric study of head impact in the infant. Stapp car crash journal. Vol. 51, 1-15. Published, 02/01/2008.
  • Coats B & Margulies SS (2006). Material properties of porcine parietal cortex. Journal of biomechanics. Vol. 39, 2521-5. Published, 09/01/2006.
  • Coats B & Margulies SS (2006). Material properties of human infant skull and suture at high rates. Journal of neurotrauma. Vol. 23, 1222-32. Published, 08/01/2006.
  • Coats B and Margulies SS. Characterization of pediatric porcine skull properties during impact. Proceedings of the International Conference of Biomechanics of Impact (IRCOBI). 2003:pp. 57-66. Published, 09/2003.
  • Prange MT, Coats B, Duhaime AC, Margulies SS. Anthropomorphic simulations of falls, shakes, and inflicted impacts for infants. J Neurosurg 2003, 99:143-150. Published, 07/2003.