Engineering longer lasting artificial joints

BioTrib: The international collaboration, led by the University of Leeds and funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, will focus on improved design and testing to reduce incidence of implant failure, faults, and other orthopedic complications

The BioTrib ETN project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 956004
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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

5 Universities

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

BioTrib Conversations: Spinal modelling for patient specific clinical interventions | Dr Jude Meakin

Dr Jude Meakin from the University of Exeter (UK) discusses her work towards developing image driven subject specific spine models along with developments towards tailored individual patient orthopaedic interventions, digital diagnostics and implants. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThZNvpehi5g

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Cartilage Tissue Engineering and Electrospinning

Cartilage-related diseases are a promising field to explore in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The cartilage hydrated structure is aneural, avascular, and non-lymphatic, which complicates natural regeneration [1,2]. The increase in life expectancy and obesity is directly correlated to osteoarthritis –the disease caused by the degradation of cartilage. The painful consequences also increase comorbidities and…

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BioTrib Conversations: Clinical expertise in polymer, dental and joint replacement biotribology

In Episode 5 of BioTrib Conversations, Prof Nazanin Emami (BioTrib Lead Scientist, Luleå University of Technology) discusses with Prof Richard Hall (BioTrib Co-ordinator, University of Leeds) her career path to becoming a leading researcher in biotribology and the importance of a clinical understanding within medical device development.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlL8aMQ8AVQ

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