LifeLongJoints at the European standards agency (CEN)

LifeLongJoints partners have been at CEN, the European standards agency, in Brussels this week to discuss two CEN Workshop Agreements based on wear particle isolation and the biological impact of those wear particles from total joint replacement. (see previous post)

Prof. Joanne Tipper of Leeds University chaired the workshops, tirelessly assisted by Jacqui Burman from BSI, acting as secretariat for the CWAs.
Stakeholders from industry, research, regulatory bodies and standards agencies commented on the drafts and took part in the workshop to refine the CWAs, which are voluntary but could form the basis of a new European standard. They enable the methodologies developed by LifeLongJoints for isolating wear particles and evaluating their biological impact to be shared and utilised widely thus meeting a key project objective.

International Travelling Research Fellowship Award for LifeLongJoints Research Fellow

LifeLongJoints Research Fellow wins 2018 British Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Fellowship Award

Dr Saurabh Lal, Research Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences received 2018 British Orthopaedic Research Society/Bone & Joint Research International Travelling Research Fellowship Award at the annual British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) conference held on 4th and 5th September 2017 at the Imperial College London.
The travelling fellowship involves close collaboration with a number of international centres of excellence in musculoskeletal research and will coincide with the ORS meeting in New Orleans in March 2018.
Saurabh, along with other five fellows, will present his research at the Centres and assimilate the work of the Centre through local presentations, lab visits and discussions. There will also be an opportunity for social and cultural interaction.
Saurabh has been contributing to LLJ WP2 and WP5 on isolation, characterization and biological evaluation of silicon nitride wear particles. He has also been actively involved in the preparation of the CEN Workshop 87 documents.

Registration Open for LLJ CEN Workshop

LLJ is contributing to the enhancement of standards with the preparation of two CEN Workshop Agreements – ‘Novel methods for isolating wear particles from joint replacements and related devices’ and ‘ Tiered toolkit approach to evaluate the biological impact of wear particles from joint replacements and related devices’.

The kick-off meeting for CEN Workshop 87, which will oversee the development of these CWAs, was held on 15 June. The process will now continue with a workshop in Brussels from 26 – 28th September to discuss the two draft documents and review comments received prior to the workshop. If you would like to be part of this process please register for the workshop at www.cencenelec.eu/….

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Please note that even if you are unable to attend the physical workshop your registration will enable you to comment on the drafts at the various stages of their development. In order to comment on the first draft of the documents you will need to register before 11th August. Your later registration will still enable you to comment on the revised drafts following the workshop.

LLJ at EuroNanoForum 2017

LLJ is exhibiting alongside a few other nanotechnology projects on a stand organised by the Nano Industries Association at this year’s EuroNanoForum held in Valetta, Malta 21-23 June. Around 1000 delegates have gathered to gain a snap shot of not only what projects are being supported by the Framework Programme but also measures being taken to support innovation.

LifeLongJoints at EuroNanoForum 2017 (Booth 17)

On the exhibition stand itself, the NIA organised two very interesting presentations relating to regulation development for nano-technologies embedded in products which generate some thoughtful discussion. Guillaume Flament, working for NIA based in Paris gave an overview of the current regulatory framework, followed by Anthony Bochon a lawyer specialising in nano-technology compliance with Squire Patton Boggs, who discussed the legal position that companies need to take account of. This generated quite a bit of discussion over how to ensure good management of risks while not discouraging innovation.

LLJ is an example of a development that can shine positive benefits of nano-technologies, but as with all new medical device developments has now to take into account a more stringent compliance regime following the introduction of the new Medical Devices Regulation which takes effect from 2020.

LLJ Partner Uppsala University uses LLJ to present the excitement of science to the wider community

SCIFEST 2017 is a festival of science organised  in Uppsala which reaches out especially to schoolchildren and their teachers as well as the general public. Through workshops, shows, competitions opportunities to meet researchers and lectures, people of all ages have a chance to be inspired by the excitement of science and its application. The Uppsala team led by Cecelia Persson were present and used the opportunity to present some of their materials work for LLJ.

www.teknik.uu.se/…