Second Meeting of the External Expert Advisory Board (EEAB)

The second meeting of the LifeLongJoints EEAB took place on the 2nd of February 2016 in Amsterdam. Our photo shows the EEAB Members and our LifeLongJoints Workpackage Leaders during our pre-meeting dinner at a typical Dutch family restaurant during which the EEAB members and LLJ Work Package leaders discussed topics of common interest.


At the EEAB meeting itself, under the Chair of Prof. Andrew Carr (Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedics and Head of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford) the EEAB Members present Professors Maria Grazia Benedetti (Bologna), Tom Joyce (Newcastle) and Dr Catherina van der Straeten (London) discussed the project’s progress with the WP Leaders.

Presentations were given on the most recent project results in the analysis of coating biocompatibility and the methods applied. There was a lively discussion of both project work details and the broader context of medical device development, its regulation and the challenges of introducing new technologies into this field.

The next meeting of the EEAB will be held in February 2017 and will provide an opportunity of a hands-on visit of the mechanical simulation laboratory at the University of Leeds, focussing on the simulation aspects of the LifeLongJoints project and the comprehensive approach it is taking to this subject.

LLJ Second Review Meeting

June 11 saw the LLJ partnership gathered in Brussels for the second review meeting. This year the Project Technical Assistance Laurence Archibald was joined by the Project Officer Fergal Donnelly, from DG R&I Nanomaterials.

Presentations were given by the Work Package leaders to bring both up to date with the progress which has been good for such a large and complex projects. Most of the work is on track despite some challenges with the coatings. Particular interest was expressed in some of the early ‘spin-offs’ from the project in terms of simulation testing and modelling as well as the contribution LLJ can make to discussions on regulation.

The LLJ team gathered the day before to run through the presentations and then continued discussions while being educated into the art of Antipodean wines.

The LLJ team

LLJ Project team with PO Fergal Donnelly and PTA Laurence Archibald, Brussels 11 June 2015

5th Partner Assembly held in snowy Uppsala

LLJ’s 5th Partner Assembly was held at the The Ångström Laboratory, at Uppsala University and hosted by Professors Håkan Engqvist and Cecilia Persson who are leading Work Package 1 (Synthesis and Characterization of Silicon Nitride Coatings)

LLJ_PA5_Uppsala_IMG_1559Partner Assemblies provide the opportunity for the full LLJ partnership to come together and discuss not only progress, but also share views and discuss issues arising from current developments both inside and outside the project. At this Partner Assembly, aside from presentations of each WP, the comments of the EEAB were presented as preparations for the forthcoming second milestone and review discussed. Those present also discussed the Biomaterials for Health Strategic Roadmap published as a discussion paper by the European Commission in December and available here. The major points of discussion will be communicated by LLJ Coordinator Richard Hall to the Commission at the Cluster meeting on the same topic to be held in February 2015.

Document (PDF): Biomaterials Roadmap December 2014

First Meeting of the External Expert Advisory Board (EEAB)


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.

4th LLJ Partner Assembly held at Imperial College London

The 4th LLJ Partner Meeting was held at Imperial College in South Kensington, London, 26-27 November. Partner Assembly meetings are held regularly to provide a communication platform for all partners in the project to be informed of work going on across the project. Operational management is provided by the Technical Management Committee (TMC) comprising work package leaders which meets by telephone conferencing several times between PAs.

Aside from reporting on progress, a key topic of the PA has been Data Management and the matter of Open Access to data. The PA also provided a platform for young researchers in the project to speak about their research.