In Episode 7 of BioTrib Conversations – Charlotte Skjöldebrand, a Biomedical Engineering PhD Student at Uppsala University, gives insight to her life as a PhD Student and discusses the numerous challenges encountered whilst studying along with reminiscing about her many trips and research placements abroad!
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.
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.
Early Stage Researchers within the NU-SPINE ETN produced six videos for BeCurious outreach events in 2020/21.
Cervical Total Disc Replacement – Faizal Kamarol
Have you or anyone you know ever suffered from a neck problem? Faizal Kamarol from the University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering explains research into Cervical Total Disc Replacement (CTDR), a procedure for patients who suffer wear and tear of the spinal discs in the neck.
Developing Spinal Simulators – Kaushikk Iyer
Kaushikk Iyer from the Unviersity of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering and Key Engineering Solutions is developing spinal simulators to help test spinal disc implants, to ensure they can be used to treat patients safely.
Tribology of facet joints – Beril Saadet Yenigul
Beril Saadet Yenigul from the NU-SPINE project at the University of Leeds gives an introduction to biotribology, facet joints, and the challenges of designing facet joint replacements!
Spinal fusion surgery – Xiaoyu Du
Xiaoyu Du from the NU-SPINE project at ETH Zurich, interrupts cooking dinner to show us how spinal fusion surgery works with some of her ingredients!
Structural engineering – Thijs Smit
Thijs Smit from the NU-SPINE project at the University of Science and Technology, ETH Zurich, shows us some do-it-yourself engineering, using… LEGO! Why not try building your own super-strong structure at home with lego too?
Understanding Non-Newtonian Fluid with SLIME! – Yijun Zhou
With the help of ‘Ms Shark’, Yijun Zhou from the NU-SPINE project at Uppsala University shows us a fun Non-Newtonian fluid experiment you can do at home by making SLIME!
In Episode 4 of Biotrib Conversations Professor Rod Barrett and Dr. Claudio Pizzolato from Griffith University (Australia) discuss the importance of mechanobiology and cutting edge digital twin models for neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation along with recent advances made within the innovative BioSpine programme.
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.
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.
Prof Richard Hall (BioTrib Co-ordinator University of Leeds) and Dr Rob Hewson (BioTrib Lead Scientist, Imperial College London) discuss applications of advanced computational methods in biotribology, modelling synovial joints and the behavior of synovial fluid, and the roles of experimental engineers working with experts in fluid dynamics modelling.
BioTrib and the RIS EU office joined forces at the University of Leeds to deliver a careers orientated event for all MSCA Early Stage Researchers and Individual Fellows who are employed at the University.
The event comprised a panel session where 4 ESR and IF alumni provided an overview of their careers and provided advice to current MSCA sponsored researchers at the University of Leeds. The panel comprised:
Cecilia Persson, Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Materials Science, Uppsala University, Sweden (MSCA ITN Alumni),
Anna Plotnikova, Assistant Professor of Strategic Change at VU University Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics, The Netherlands (MSCA ITN Alumni).
The panellists discussed the role of internationalisation in their career progression and the importance that provides through the demonstration of the attributes of an independent researcher, networking across national boundaries and being exposed to different cultures and research ideas.
The meeting also comprised speakers from the University involved in delivering opportunities for ESRs and IFs. This included the RIS EU Office, The International Office, the Careers Service and the Organisational and Personal Development Unit.
Please note – the video recordings and slides will also be made available on our MSCA Microsoft TEAMS group so you can consult them as resources for future use!
Dr Anna Plotnikova, Assistant Professor of Strategic Change at VU University Amsterdam, School of Business and Economics, The Netherlands. (Marie Curie Alumnae (2016-2020) from the ITN project COINS, Leeds University Business School.)
Dr Jayakrishnan Chandrappan, Head of Packaging, CSA Catapult, UK
Marie Curie Alumnus (2016-2017), MIRIPSHE project, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Chemical and Process Engineering.
Dr Cecilia Persson, Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Materials Science, Uppsala University, Sweden.
(Marie Curie Alumnae (2006-2009), from the ITN project Spine FX, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Mechanical Engineering.)