LLJ moving into its final phase reaches consensus on exploitation scenarios

LLJ held a technical discussion meeting at ETH Zürich 1-2 November focussing on reviewing the coating development and test results. Since commencement of the project the market for hard-on-hard implants has collapsed to be replaced largely by hard on polyethylene systems. This has posed some questions about which product scenarios should now be the focus of the project work to offer the best exploitation opportunities. In concluding the meeting, the scientific coordinator Prof. Richard Hall noted the tremendous progress that had been made and the consensus established around how to move forward to the conclusion of the project.

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

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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.

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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.