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  • Abstract Deadline Reminder: Knee arthroplasty conference - 7-9thApril 2005, London, UK

    Knee arthroplasty: Engineering Functionality conference
    Organised by the Institition of Mechanical Engineers (UK) and sponsored by
    Dates: 7-9th April 2005
    Venue: The Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
    Further details can be found at:

    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

    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,


    Dr Mark Taylor
    Reader in Bioengineering Science

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

    Tel: ++ 44 (0)2380 597660
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    Fax: ++ 44 (0)2380 593230

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