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.

Not your average joint

No two people are alike, or walk alike, so LLJ partner Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust (LTHT) has been putting patient volunteers through their paces to get realistic movement patterns for developing simulation and test systems. In September, just under 100 hip replacement patients with friends and family gathered at Leeds University to hear how their contribution to the project has been used. Here, members of the LLJ team and testing volunteers talk about their involvement in developing better replacement joints.

Double success for LLJ supported researcher Saurabh Lal! (updated)

LLJ supported researcher Saurabh Lal from Leeds University received two awards: One at the ISTA meeting (the principal conference for joint replacement) and one at MEIbioeng which is one of the UK’s largest gathering of Biomedical Engineers, Bioengineers and Medical Engineers.

ISTA meeting: Third prize for best early career E-Poster with Short Talk presentation at the 28th annual congress of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty 2015. The title of the short talk was “Biocompatibility of Silicon Nitride Nanoparticles and Cobalt Chromium Wear Debris From THR”. The award was given at the prestigious “Austrian Night” event held at the Vienna Town Hall.

Saurabh Lal from Leeds University receiving the third prize for best early career E-PosterSaurabh Lal at the ISTA meeting

ISTA is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of joint replacement. Every year they host a congress where the best clinicians, engineers, researchers, and industry members from across the world come together to present and discuss leading works in the field of arthroplasty. In 2015 the conference was held at Vienna (Austria) from Sep 30th till Oct 3rd. It was a successful gathering of over 600 researchers, surgeons and industry members from 36 countries.

MEIbioeng: 1st prize for best osteoarthritis track poster at MEIbioeng15, with the poster titled “Isolation of Ceramic Nanoparticles and Metal Wear Debris from Serum Lubricants under Extremely Low Wearing Conditions”.

MEIbioeng is one of the UK’s largest gathering of Biomedical Engineers, Bioengineers and Medical Engineers, with participants from leading academic centres and the MedTech industry. The event was held at the University of Leeds 7-8 September 2015. The judges for the poster competition were internationally recognised scientists and experts in the areas of biomedical engineering and bioengineering.

Saurabh Lal’s supervisor, Professor Joanne Tipper explains “Current particle isolation methodologies are not sensitive enough to isolate the very low wear volumes produced by modern ceramic ceramic bearings or from ceramic-like coatings, as are being used within the LLJ project. In addition, they are often time consuming, costly and have less than satisfactory recovery rates. Here we have created a method that is 100 times more sensitive, is cost effective, quick and easy to perform. Furthermore, it does not require bespoke equipment and allows recovery of particles for use in biocompatibility studies. We are thrilled that the scientific community has recognised the importance of this work with the award of first prize for our poster presented at the MEI Bioengineering meeting recently”.

Saurabh Lal has been contributing to LLJ WP2 (Biological Assessment of Wear in Silicon Nitride Coatings) and also to parts of WP5 Assessment of Silicon Nitride Coating Performance In Vivo).

Saurabh Lal at MEIbioeng15The LLJ team congratulates Saurabh and the research team at Leeds on another awarding winning piece of work!


LLJ meets Patients

On Friday afternoon 4 September, just under 100 hip replacement patients with friends/family gathered at Leeds University to meet some of the LLJ team and be put into the picture as to how their contribution to the project has been used.


LLJ partner Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust (LTHT) has been putting 133 selected patient volunteers through their paces in order to get data for developing the simulation and test systems. David Lunn, who has been in charge of the testing, showed how their data feed into a virtual patient model to provide realistic movement patterns for implant research. Stephen Ferguson, Professor for Biomechanics at ETH Zurich, then looked at how the virtual patient could help develop better implants faster and at a lower cost. Journalist Jo Dawes reported on the event for LifeLongJoints.

Read full article by Jo Dawes (PDF)

Hip Replacement Part Recall

The website reports: “Zimmer Hit with a Serious Hip Replacement Part Recall”.
A Class I designation for a Zimmer hip replacement parts recall as the FDA recently announced.
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