Presently, up to a third of some types of artificial joints fail within ten years.
Engineers believe problems have arisen with some implants because of weaknesses in the way they were tested prior to being approved for use. Current testing fails to evaluate real-world wear and tear.
£4 million in EU funding
The BioTrib European Training Network project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 956004
The BioTrib teams comprises 5 Beneficiaries from the UK and, Sweden, and Switzerland together with 11 partners from across the globe, including organisations in Australia and China
15 Early Stage Researchers
15 ESR projects reflecting both the underpinning fundamental engineering science and the application through the incorporation of new materials, techniques and assessment methods
Research Showcase: Smart Tissue Scaffolds
Tissue engineering scaffolds formed by melt electrospin writing, which will be the basis for a range of our workpackages on soft-tissue emulating materials
Credit: Mattias Santschi, ETH Zurich
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFlLtNNwnMo Professor Anthony Redmond discusses his experience working in LifeLongJoints and the developments made towards preclinical testing for medical devices following recent lessons learned about insufficient testing leading to severe in vivo failure of hip replacements.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EthlNQ2UZOo BioTrib Co-ordinator Professor Richard Hall interviews Frank Marx the Deputy Head of Unit at the European Research Executive Agency on the challenges of organising and co-ordinating large collaborative European Training Networks for advanced research training.
Seung Hun Lee and colleagues at ETH Zurich have recently published a peer reviewed paper “Comprehensive in vitro Comparison of Cellular and Osteogenic Response to Alternative Biomaterials for Spinal Implants” in Materials Science and Engineering: C. The article explored the effects of silicon nitride (SN) in terms of cell proliferation, mineralization and osteogenesis, all of…