LifeLongJoints at the European standards agency (CEN)

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)

Prof. Joanne Tipper of Leeds University chaired the workshops, tirelessly assisted by Jacqui Burman from BSI, acting as secretariat for the CWAs.
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.

International Travelling Research Fellowship Award for LifeLongJoints Research Fellow

LifeLongJoints Research Fellow wins 2018 British Orthopaedic Research Society Travel Fellowship Award

Dr Saurabh Lal, Research Fellow, School of Biomedical Sciences received 2018 British Orthopaedic Research Society/Bone & Joint Research International Travelling Research Fellowship Award at the annual British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) conference held on 4th and 5th September 2017 at the Imperial College London.
The travelling fellowship involves close collaboration with a number of international centres of excellence in musculoskeletal research and will coincide with the ORS meeting in New Orleans in March 2018.
Saurabh, along with other five fellows, will present his research at the Centres and assimilate the work of the Centre through local presentations, lab visits and discussions. There will also be an opportunity for social and cultural interaction.
Saurabh has been contributing to LLJ WP2 and WP5 on isolation, characterization and biological evaluation of silicon nitride wear particles. He has also been actively involved in the preparation of the CEN Workshop 87 documents.

LLJ Lead researcher honoured in UK New Year Honours List

Anne Neville’s, Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, distinguished career and contribution to engineering has been honoured. She has been made an Officer of the (Most Excellent) Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the UK New Year’s Honours list for services to engineering. Among many achievements cited, her research group was the first to be able to monitor corrosion in a full hip joint simulator, which enabled the team to understand corrosion processes and link this to lubrication of the joint in a way previously not possible. LLJ is building on this knowledge.read more

New channels of dissemination

LLJ as a project community takes broader dissemination of what we do and why we do it seriously. We have had two very successful events for hip replacement patients. In October the project was represented by Prof. Morlock in a more radical science dissemination event “Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge“. In a ‘speed dating type of set up’ people have an opportunity to meet experts and discuss a topic for 30 min. An expert and a knowledge seeker discuss, observed by an observer to see what is imparted. The concept of Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge. The art of the assembly is explained in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5Q65QFx22M.

Professor Michael Morlock was billed as head of the Hamburg Institute of Biomechanics, a professor at the Technical University, Hamburg, and former president of the German Society for Biomechanics. As a mathematician and sports scientist, he tries to develop endoprostheses that last a lifetime – and even beyond. “He will discuss societal challenges of medical technologies by showing prostheses that outlived their owners (such as artificial heart valves and hip joints)”. In other words Life Long Joints!

The event as a whole attract around 500 participants.

Professor Anne Neville awarded

Professor Anne Neville, University of Leeds – Picture: ©University of LeedsMany congratulations to our LifeLongJoints Partner, Professor Anne Neville, from the University of Leeds, who has been awarded the Leverhulme Medal for “revealing diverse physical and chemical processes at interacting interfaces, emphasising significant synergy between tribology and corrosion”.

She was further commended for “exceptional research which has enhanced the understanding of basic processes and addressed major industrial problems”.

Professor Neville will be presented with a gold medal at the Royal Society’s Anniversary Day in November 2016.
The award is supported by the Leverhulme Trust, established under the will of Victorian entrepreneur William Lever, and was first awarded in 1960 to mark the Tercentenary of the Royal Society. It is awarded triennially for “an outstandingly significant contribution in the field of pure or applied chemistry or engineering, including chemical engineering”.
Past winners of the Leverhulme Medal include Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS in 2013, who also won the Nobel Prize and Sir Martyn Poliakoff FRS in 2010.