First Meeting of the External Expert Advisory Board (EEAB)

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The purpose of the EEAB is to provide the LLJ project with an independent view on what the project might contribute to the wider community and to ensure the views of leading orthopaedic surgeons are taken into consideration for specifications of the intended future products to be derived from the results. The EEAB is chaired by Prof. Andrew Carr Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedics and Head of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford (second left in photo). Other members (left to right in photo) are Prof. Richard Hall (Coordinator of LLJ) Professor at the University of Leeds (School of Mechanical Engineering), Prof. Tom Joyce – Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering Mechanical and Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle, Prof Dr. Frank Lampe – Professor at the Schön Klinik Hamburg Eilbek, Zentrum für Endoprothetik, Prof. Maria Grazia Benedetti – Professor at the Ospedale Universitario Rizzoli Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna and Prof. Vincent Gremeaux – Professor at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Dijon, Pôle Rééducation – Réadaptation. Other members of the EEAB are Prof. Gordon Blunn – Professor at University College London (UCL) Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Sciences and Dr. Catherine Van Der Straeten – Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent (Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology) in Belgium.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the work package leaders to show what has been achieved so far, and to discuss results and approaches. An interesting discussion was had on the need to address regulatory issues particularly those that have arisen from the debates around metal-on-metal implants since the project has started. The meeting was an extremely useful opportunity to disseminate knowledge about the breadth of work being undertaken by LLJ and identify areas for further work.

The next meeting of the EEAB will be in 2016.