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Spinal scan investigating a back problem (NCSD, Budapest)
Back pain is an extremely common problem with more limited solutions than limb joints. Together with other musculoskeletal disorders back pain creates a long term financial burden both due to both the costs to health services and social care and the loss of income; 60% of people on early retirement or long term sick leave state that musculoskeletal problems are the reason (1). Back pain is an extremely common problem with more limited solutions than limb joints. The number of patients requiring complex spine surgery is rapidly expanding, and the biomedical engineering industry needs suitably trained innovators to produce economic solutions to support healthy ageing for the people of Europe.

SPINNER is a doctoral training programme aimed at Bioengineering early stage researchers, to train bioengineers to be in a position to design the next generation of repair materials and techniques for spine surgery. SPINNER brings together partners from the biomaterials (Finceramica), implantable devices (Aesculap), and computational modelling (Ansys, Adagos) industries with orthopaedic clinicians (National Centre for Spinal Disorders, NCSD) and academic experts in cell, tissue and organ scale biomaterials and medical device testing (Universities of Sheffield and Bologna).

Key SPINNER objectives are:

  1. Training of orthopaedic Bioengineers capable of integrating in vitro, ex vivo and in silico data across scales for a holistic approach to spine reconstruction.
  2. Development of bioactive, bioresorbable, mechanically competent materials for restoration of the vertebral bone and stable fusion.
  3. Mechanical characterisation of implant materials and reconstructed spines in vitro and in silico.
  4. Integrated, user-friendly, in silico models of the mechanics of damaged and reconstructed spinal segments that can be used for predictive design, patient specific analysis and surgical navigation.

(1) European Action towards better musculoskeletal health. Published by The Bone & Joint Decade Department of Orthopedics, University Hospital. SE-221 85 LUND, Sweden.

RBF Morph joins Spinner as a Partner

Spinner is pleased to announce that RBF Morph has joined the project as a partner. RBF Morph are pioneers in providing reliable and high-performance mesh-morphing-based technology for CAE multiphysics modelling and optimisation. RBF Morph will work with Spinner Fellow, Marco Senale, who is based in Ansys, Lyon, to use their technology to develop in silico …

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Introduction to the ESR Blog

Welcome to the SPINNER ESR Blog. Over the project the Spinner Fellows will reflect on their research and training experiences, giving an insight to their research project and the processes of doing research in their fields.

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