Cameron R. Bass

Adjunct Professor in the Department 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

  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information


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

Research Interests

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

  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 590: Special Topics in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 535: Biomedical Aspects of Blast and Ballistics (GE, BB)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Ortiz-Paparoni, Maria, Concetta Morino, Jefferson Bercaw, Joost Op ’t Eynde, Roger Nightingale, and Cameron “Dale” Bass. “Translating Cadaveric Injury Risk to Dummy Injury Risk at Iso-energy.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering 52, no. 2 (February 2024): 406–13.
  • Yoganandan, Narayan, Alok Shah, Jamie Baisden, Brian Stemper, Mary Otterson, Lewis Somberg, Cameron Bass, et al. “Matched-pair hybrid test paradigm for behind armor blunt trauma using an experimental animal model.” Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open 9, no. 1 (January 2024): e001194.
  • Morino, C., S. Middleton, J. Op’t Eynde, E. Dimbath, J. Kait, J. Luck, and C. Bass. “Primary Creep Characterization in Porcine Lumbar Spine Subject to Repeated Loading.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, January 1, 2024.
  • Yoganandan, Narayan, Alok Shah, Lewis Somberg, Jamie Baisden, Brain D. Stemper, Cameron Bass, Robert S. Salzar, Valeta Carol Chancey, and Joseph McEntire. “A Novel Paradigm to Develop Regional Thoracoabdominal Criteria for Behind Armor Blunt Trauma Based on Original Data.” Military Medicine 188, no. Suppl 6 (November 2023): 598–605.
  • Ortiz-Paparoni, Maria, Joost Op ’t Eynde, Jason Kait, Brian Bigler, Jay Shridharani, Allison Schmidt, Courtney Cox, et al. “The Human Lumbar Spine During High-Rate Under Seat Loading: A Combined Metric Injury Criteria.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering 49, no. 11 (November 2021): 3018–30.