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 of the Board were present : Professor Maria Grazia Benedetti – Professor at the Ospedale Universitario Rizzoli Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna; Professor Tom Joyce – Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering Mechanical and Systems Engineering, University of Newcastle; Professor Dr. Frank Lampe – Professor at the Schön Klinik Hamburg Eilbek, Zentrum für Endoprothetik; and  Dr Catherine Van Der Straeten – Head of the Clinical Research and Innovation Institute and Network Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Imperial College London, UK.

The presentations focussed on the results of the coating development and future plans for exploitation presented by Antonio Santana Global Head Segment Medical at Ionbond; Prof. Stephen Ferguson  and doctoral student Enrico De Pieri from ETH presented on “Advances in computational methods and impact on treatment strategies” and Dr David Lunn from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust presented on “Stratified approaches in Clinical Motion Analysis”.

These presentations stimulated an intensive exchange on future directions of work in implant replacement, but there was particular praise for the advances made musculoskeletal modelling software systems with Prof. Lampe expressing appreciation for the fact that this will allow surgeons to take a more individualistic approach.

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 on key results of the projects. The final deliverables were discussed and signed off followed by a session looking ahead at possible future projects on topics proposed from the LLJ work. Many participants are old hands at EU projects and everyone was in agreement that LLJ had been a particularly harmonious project with exceptionally good working relations between partners.

Another milestone for LLJ!

Congratulations from the LLJ community to Prof. Michael Morlock, TUHH.

Partners meet in Hamburg

LLJ Partner Assembly at TUHH in Hamburg on 7-8 February 2018 – the last time the full project gathers.

Film crew on tour for LifeLongJoints

We’re compiling a video dossier to highlight key achievements of the LifeLongJoints project. Heiner Schäfer and Jo Dawes were in Leeds this week to film the research teams im action.They’ve also visited ETH Zurich and project partner Ionbond.