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.

The “Virtual Patient” – LLJ on tour at Imperial!

As part of the dissemination activities of the LLJ project, Prof. Stephen Ferguson, ETH, Dr David Lunn, LTHT, and Dr Liaming Gao, Imperial, gave a special “roadshow” workshop at Imperial College on 30 October, hosted by Prof. Catherine van der Straeten a LLJ EEAB member. In the audience were clinicians, orthopaedic surgeons as well as biomechanics researchers to hear presentation about current advances in development of simulation systems relating to implants and the contribution to the field made by LLJ.
The Work Package 3 team of LLJ partners ETH, Anybody Technologies, Imperial, University of Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust and Schulthess Klinik have contributed to substantial advances in the area of Computational Modelling and Simulation of Hip Joint Mechanics and Wear. It has been noted that this work is particularly of interest to the clinicians. We have entered the era of the ˮVirtual Patient“which may one day lead to tailor-made implants and a better understanding of the variables that lead to successful outcomes for patients.

LifeLongJoints at the European standards agency (CEN) – updated

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)


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.

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.