LLJ meets Patients in Zurich

About 80 people packed into the auditorium at the Schulthess Klinik in Zurich, Switzerland, on 22 September 2016 to hear about the future of artificial joints. Among them were hip-replacement patients who had agreed to have their muscle strength measured before and after their operations. The muscle strength data feeds into LifeLongJoints computational models, complementing the motion capture data obtained from patients in Leeds. Journalist Jo Dawes was in Zurich for LifeLongJoints and produced together with the Schulthess Klinik Media Team two videos:

English Version

German Version


Pictures by Anne Fröhlich, Schulthess Klinik

Hands-on musculoskeletal modeling and integration with FEA, Lyon (France), July 10th 2016

LLJ partner AnyBody Technology welcomes you to a 4-hour hands-on workshop.

Your multi-scale models of bones, ligaments, cartilage etc., could be more realistic by using musculoskeletal models to compute the in-vivo muscle and joint contact forces.

stand_0000By the end of this workshop, you will have learned to create such a simulation pipeline, combining musculoskeletal and finite-element simulations. You will learn to use the AnyBody Modeling System to create personalized musculoskeletal models and simulate simple daily motions such as squats, even when motion capture data may be unavailable. You will also gain hands-on experience of passing on the simulation results as boundary conditions for a finite element analysis.

Many of the tools and methods that will be shown were developed or enhanced through in the LLJ project.

For more details and registration, please visit http://www.anybodytech.com/index.php?id=1207

Very good progress has been made over the past 12 months!

This was the key observation made by the Project Technical Assistant Laurence Archibald at the third LLJ annual review meeting held in Manchester 8 June.

Work package leaders presented the achievements of the past 12 months and the ongoing work. The coating development is proceeding towards final specification; there are exciting developments in the area of simulation and modelling; a new method for the toxicology measurements has been achieved; over 50 scientific presentations and paper submissions have been made; LLJ young researchers have received awards; a very successful outreach event was held.


In commending the progress made, Laurence Archibald, stressed now the importance of preparing for exploitation. Monica Schofield speaking for the work of WP6 which tackles Medical device regulation, exploitation, dissemination pointed out that the work was being carried out in accordance with a Regulatory Plan defined at the start of the project which is intended to smooth the route too exploitation of the coating on implants, though commercial support for this cannot be guaranteed. There is certainly a lot of exploitation interest in the modelling and simulation work.

LLJ partners are pleased with the positive feedback from the PTA. It is very helpful to the project to have a competent external view on developments.

Publications list grows

LifeLongJoints consortium members have been busy on the publications front recently. To make it easier for users to find their way round what is now quite a long list, we have added a function to sort articles by title or publication date. Articles available online are hyperlinked from their listings, while a click on the publication’s authors takes users to the consortium member’s page on this website. Check out the publications page to see what’s new.

Another LLJ Presentation Award!

LLJ supported PhD candidate Abimbola Oladokun , Leeds University, wins 1st Prize for Best Oral Presentation at TriboUK 2016.

The 13th TriboUK conference was hosted in Leeds 14th -15th April 2016. This conference has been taking place annually for just over a decade. TriboUK brings together active early stage researchers in the field of tribology and creates an avenue for industrialist and researchers to engage in some fruitful networking.

Abi’s presentation was titled “Sub-surface Investigation of Fretted CoCrMo and Ti6Al4V Alloys”. Dr Michael Bryant, one of Abi’s Supervisors explains ‘The degradation processes occurring at the modular taper interfaces are complex, involving wear, corrosion and metallurgical processes. Currently there is some speculation as to why the ‘softer’ Titanium alloy results in accelerated degradation of CoCr alloys when used in the modular taper interface. Abi has taken a holistic approach to understand these processes by applying tribocorrosion simulation methods complemented with advanced surface analysis techniques. By adopting these methods we can determine surface and subsurface processes across multiple length scales ensuring fundamental knowledge can be translated to engineering systems. We are excited that this work is gaining recognition by the scientific community’.

The award was presented by Emeritus Professor Duncan Dowson of the University of Leeds, known as the man who coined the term “Biotribology” and the writer of the book “History of Tribology”.

The LLJ team congratulates Abi on an excellent achievement!