LLJ concludes with a successful final review meeting

The project coordinator and work package leaders gathered in Manchester for the final review of the LLJ project at which Laurence Archibald who has followed the project from the beginning declared himself very satisfied with the outcome. Although there is still work to do to achieve the silicon nitride coating performance as originally specified, sufficiently positive results have been achieved for the industrial coatings specialist Ionbond to commit to further development. There has been particular praise throughout the project for the advances made in musculoskeletal modelling software systems which promise in the future to enable surgeons to take a more individualistic approach towards joint replacement and improve testing standards.

LLJ has produced two important CEW Workshop Agreements

Over a hundred persons worked on the project; 30 journal publications and over 50 conference publications produced; 12 researchers were awarded PhDs with more to come. Many prizes have been awarded to young researchers, and a number of participants have advanced their careers. Above all many friendships have been forged which will last ‘life long’.

In the words of Gerhard Kappelt, Head of Materials and Biomechanical Testing at Peter Brehm, “For me the LLJ-project has been a quite extraordinary experience. Besides the interesting scientific aspects from very different subject areas, I learned a lot about the structure of big R&D-projects on a EU-wide scale –how to organise them internally and externally. This knowledge will help a lot in projects to come after “Lifelong Joints“.
At the personal level, LLJ allowed me to meet most interesting people from all over Europe and get to know them closely during the five years of collaboration – each and every one of them a highly experienced specialist on her/his area, but all of them very friendly and respectful people! Unfortunately there is no chance to stay in contact with all of them, but there will be new collaborations and, yes, even personal friendships lasting beyond LLJ.”


LLJ – the movies

By way of conclusion of the project and to share some of the experiences, a series of videos has been produced (more fun to watch than reading reports). See the viewing options on the video page HERE: lifelongjoints.eu/the-videos.


Publication of CEN Workshop Agreements

A key result of LLJ from the work on in vitro simulation and biological assessment of wear conducted by the University of Leeds has been the development of novel methodology to isolate very low volumes of wear particles from simulator lubricants and tissues which is 100-fold more sensitive compared to current methods. The work has […]


Final External Expert Advisory Board meeting held in Lisbon

At the start of the LLJ project, a board of experts (EEAB) was appointed to be our ‘critical friends’. Since 2015 it has met with representatives of the project annually to receive information about progress on developments and to give the project team an opportunity to hear external expert opinion. Four of the six members […]


LLJ wraps up in Lisbon

The last week of the project grant period is a busy week for the project in Lisbon. Project Members gathered here to hold a special workshop at the 15th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering (CMBBE). On Sunday 25 March the final Partner Assembly was held. Presentations were given by researchers […]