View Full Version : Call for Papers: Engineers and Surgeon - Joined at the Hip

06-20-2006, 10:29 PM
Engineers and Surgeons: Joined at the Hip
19-21 April 2007
One Great George Street, London, UK

Abstract Deadline: 31st October 2006

This conference will bring together surgeons and engineers to discuss the current issues related to the future development of hip arthroplasty.

It is well-accepted that conventional hip replacement performs well in the elderly patient, with survivorship rates in excess of 90% at 10 years. However, the current challenge is to find a viable alternative for the young active person. Some would argue that the latest generation of conventional hip replacements, using hard on hard articulations and either modern cementing techniques or cementless fixation systems, are suitable for the younger patient. However, many would argue that they are not suitable and this has lead to the resurgence in the use of hip resurfacing over the past five years. Although the short to mid-term results look encouraging, there is still significant debate around the optimal design of the bearing, choice of fixation method and appropriate patient selection criteria.

There have also been significant advances in surgical technique over the past 5 years, with adoption of navigation, robotic and computer assisted surgery (CAS), as well as the development of minimally invasive approaches. There are certainly questions about whether CAS has a measurable impact on the performance of hip replacement, either in terms of improved function or longevity. Minimally invasive surgery may offer some advantages, such as quicker rehabilitation times, but the lack of access may lead to mal-orientation of the components and the associated increased risk in failure. So, how can we improve minimally invasive surgery and is the development of smaller implants, e.g. short stemmed femoral components, the way forward?

The number of revision procedures is increasing, so what happens when it all goes wrong and the implant needs revising? As a community, do we devote sufficient research effort to revision surgery as opposed to primary hip arthroplasty?

One of the reasons for so many unanswered questions is that we still do not possess the necessary tools to evaluate adequately the performance of hip replacements in vitro or in vivo. The vast majority of pre-clinical testing is comparative rather than predictive. What are the challenges that need to be addressed in order to develop truly predictive pre-clinical tests? What technologies and techniques are available to give us greater insight into the in vivo behaviour of hip replacement?

The main programme topics will include:

* Conventional hip replacement
* Conservative hip replacement
* Minimally invasive surgery
* Navigation, robotic and computer assisted surgery
* Revision surgery
* Clinical assessment of implant performance
* Functional assessment of hip arthroplasty
* Surveillance of hip performance
* Alternatives to hip replacement
* Tribology and wear
* Bone cement and cementing techniques
* Cementless fixation
* Experimental testing
* Computer simulation
* Musculo-skeletal modelling

Confirmed Speakers: Prof. Harlan Amstutz (US), Prof. Justin Cobb (UK), Prof. Georg Duda (Germany), Prof. John Fisher (UK) , Prof. Henrik Malchau (US), Prof. Kenneth Mann (US), Ms Sarah Muirhead-Allwood (UK), Prof. Laurent Sedel (France), Dr Nico Verdonschot (The Netherlands), Dr Marco Viceconti (Italy).

Offers of Papers

If you work in this field and think others may be interested in your way of working or the technology being developed, why not share your knowledge and expertise by producing and presenting a paper. The first step is to produce a synopsis of your proposed paper.

Synopses of papers comprising up to 250 words should be submitted by 31 October 2006.

Selected authors will then be invited to submit extended summaries of up to 4 pages in length by 28 February 2007.

The Conference papers will be written and presented in English. Although all submitted papers will be considered by the Organising Committee, final acceptance will depend upon the Committee's decision based on the contents of the final manuscript and receipt by 28 February 2007. The presenting author of each paper will be entitled to a substantial reduction in the registration fee and it is the Institution's policy that no speakers will be reimbursed any travel or accommodation expenses. All papers will be published in a soft-bound volume available to all Conference delegates. Authors are expected to attend the Conference to present their work.

Conference Enquiries
Alison Payton
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ, UK
Tel: 00 44 (0)20 7304 6829
Fax: 00 44 (0)20 7222 9881
Email: a_payton@imeche.org.uk

Kind regards,


Myself and a team of 4 others are competing in the 3-peaks challenge - Climbing the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. We are aiming to raise 1800 for Action Medical Research. You can sponsor me online at http://www.action.org.uk/~profmtaylor. Any contributions welcome!

Prof. Mark Taylor
Professor of Bioengineering Science

Bioengineering Science Research Group
School of Bioengineering Science
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ

Tel: ++ 44 (0)2380 597660
Fax: ++ 44 (0)2380 593016
Mobile: ++ 44 (0)7939 101019