Discussing exploitation issues

Besuch bei Peter Brehm und Aesculap

On February 5 and 6 a team from TuTech Innovation (Michaela Germinario, Monica Schofield and Axel Wegner) visited Peter Brehm GmbH in Weisendorf near Nürnberg and Aesculap AG in Tuttlingen.

The purpose of this visit was to gain an understanding of the two companies’ exploitation routes for results from the project. A similar visit already had been paid to AnyBody Technologies in Aalborg and another is scheduled to see Ionbond in Switzerland.

These discussions serve as input for an exploitation report which is currently prepared by TuTech Innovation.

Free Webinar: Investigating the influence of vertebral geometrical parameter on lumbar spine loads

LLJ partner AnyBody Technology is offering a free webinar on 8 April 2014, a presentation by M.Sc. Michael Putzer and Professor Sebastian Dendorfer of the OstbayerischeTechnische Hochschule Regensburg in Germany.

For more information see: http://www.anybodytech.com/index.php?id=1148#c1278

2nd Partner Assembly in Hamburg

llj_consortiumOn 11 February 2014 the LifeLongJoints consortium met for the 2nd full assembly at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg. The purpose of the meeting was to inform each other about progress in the various work packages, discuss technical issues and their solutions and to prepare the work to be done in the immediate future

NHS hospitals to be banned from fitting metal-on-metal hip replacements after high failure rate

An article in The Daily Telegraph reports that NHS hospitals are to be banned from fitting most metal-on-metal hip replacements after a study found unacceptably high failure rates among implants in 17,000 patients.

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Estimating edge-loading risk in patients with metal-on-metal hip resurfacing

This recording of a webcast details the method employed to investigate the contribution of patient-specific motion patterns to edge-loading risk in patients with metal-on-metal hip resurfacing arthroplasty. Fifteen subjects were recruited for motion analysis. The musculoskeletal model used a three-stage procedure. First, the patient specific joint kinematics were estimated based on a stick-figure model constructed from the standing reference frame and the estimated hip joint centres The Twente lower extremity model (TLEM) was nonlinearly morphed using radial basis functions to match the segment lengths and joint parameters of the stick-figure model. Inverse dynamic analysis was performed for the morphed TLEM model with the measured ground reaction forces as external loads and polynomial muscle recruitment criterion of power 3 to estimate muscle and joint contact forces. The distance of the hip contact force from the edge of the acetabular component during gait and sit-to-stand was used to estimate the edge-loading risk.

This webcast was released by the LifeLongJoints partner Anybody Technology and held by Stephen Mellon, University of Oxford, and Michael Skipper Andersen, Aalborg University, on 12. November, 2013