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mtaylor75
08-26-2004, 06:35 PM
Knee arthroplasty: Engineering Functionality conference
Organised by the Institition of Mechanical Engineers (UK) and sponsored by
DePuy
Dates: 7-9th April 2005
Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
Further details can be found at:
http://www.imeche.org.uk/conferencesandevents/

Abstract deadline: 30th September 2004

This conference will bring together surgeons and engineers to address the
issues related to knee arthroplasty and to act as platform for the future
development of partial and total knee replacement and its alternatives.

Partial and total knee replacement is the preferred option for the surgical
management of the arthritic knee in the elderly population and although it
enjoys considerable success, there is room for improvement. Although
survivorship rates are impressive, there is a need to improve function, to
reflect the increasing activity demands of patients. There is also a need to
increase the repeatability of the procedure to try and reduce variability in
the post-operative kinematics and enhance the long term performance. We also
still face significant challenges in the treatment of the young arthritic
knee, where often only a single compartment is affected and where early
intervention with new or novel materials would be preferable. The additional
benefit of early intervention by a minimal approach is shorter
rehabilitation times and the associated reduction in cost. As well as
discussing the latest technology, this conference will explore the issues
related to the development of radical new designs of knee arthroplasty,
innovative new materials, advanced minimal invasive techniques and computer
assisted surgery.

In order to advance the current state of the art, there are a series of
challenges which need to be addressed. New designs will focus on improving
functionality without compromising longevity. This represents a significant
challenge in the development of appropriate performance assessment tools.
Early failure of the articular surface in the young adult is not
satisfactorily addressed with current procedures. There is a need for
enhanced materials and new designs capable of substituting for the damaged
articular cartilage. Minimally invasive techniques may offer some advantages
but the lack of access can lead to mal-positioning. How can minimally
invasive surgery of the knee be improved and is computer assisted minimally
invasive surgery the way forward? Advances in computer assisted surgery have
lead to the prospect of individualised functional alignment to maximise
performance. Although the computing modelling technology exists, its
application to intra-operative prediction of TKR performance presents a
significant challenge.

The programme will consist of invited lectures and submitted papers. The
main programme topics will include:
Computer assisted surgery
Minimally invasive surgery
Alternatives to knee arthroplasty
Functional assessment of knee arthroplasty
Surveillance of implant performance
Experimental evaluation (wear simulation, kinematics and fixation)
Computer simulation (performance assessment, intra-operative planning)
New materials
Biomechanics of the intact and implanted knee
Revision

Invited speakers include:
Professor Thomas Andriacchi, USA
Dr Scott Banks, USA
Mr David Barrett, UK
Professor Jean Briard, France
Mr Justin Cobb, UK
Dr Clifford Colwell, USA
Professor Roy Crowninshield, USA
Professor Brian Davies, UK
Dr Douglas Dennis, USA
Professor John Fisher, UK
Mr Michael Freeman, UK
Dr Seth Greenwald, USA
Dr Gregory Keene, Australia
Professor Lars Lidgren, Sweden
Professor Rick Komistek, USA
Professor Marcacci, Italy
Mr David Murray, UK.
Professor John O'Connor, UK
Dr Robert Poggie, USA
Professor Leif Ryd, Sweden
Dr Edward Valstar, The Netherlands
Dr Jos van der Sloten, Belgium
Professor Anthony Unsworth, UK
Professor Peter Walker, USA
Dr William Walsh, Australia


Prospective contributors to the conference are invited to submit two page
extended abstracts to the IMechE by 30th September 2004. The abstract must
use 12-14 point font and contain the title, authors names and affiliations.
The extended abstracts will be written and presented in English. Although
all submitted extended abstracts will be considered by the Organising
Committee, final acceptance will depend upon the Committee's decision.
Those abstracts not accepted for oral presentation will be considered for
poster display. The presenting author of each paper will be entitled to a
reduction in the Conference registration fee. Authors are expected to
attend the Conference to present their work.

Kind regards,

Mark

Dr Mark Taylor
Reader in Bioengineering Science

Bioengineering Sciences Research Group
School of Engineering Science
University of Southampton
Highfield
Southampton
SO17 1BJ
UK

Tel: ++ 44 (0)2380 597660
Mobile: ++ 44 (0)7939 101019
Fax: ++ 44 (0)2380 593230

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