Engineers and Surgeons: Joined at the Hip III
1st-3rd November 2011
Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
Abstract Deadline: 30th March 2011

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, there is still a significant challenge to find a viable alternative for the young active patient. Since the last Joined at the Hip Conference in 2007, there have been a number of interesting developments in the world of Hip Joint Arthroplasty. The usage of cementless devices continues to climb, despite evidence from registries reporting better clinical performance with cement. What is driving the orthopaedics community down the cementless path despite clinical evidence to the contrary? Hip resurfacing appears to performs well, particularly in young men, however there have been reports of pseudo-tumours associated with large diameter metal-on-metal bearings Although the primary cause of pseudo-tumour formation is still under investigation, acetabular cup inclination is likely to be a key factor. Also, it would appear that subtle changes in resurfacing implant design have an affect on clinical performance. In parallel, there appears to be an emerging problem of corrosion with large diameter modular metal heads on conventional hip stems. This raises questions about the current ability of pre-clinical methods to screen new implant designs. It also raises questions in relation to how new devices should be released onto the market in order to minimise the risk to patients.

Following on from the success of the 2002 and 2007 events, this conference will once again bring together engineers and surgeons, academics and industrialists to discuss the latest issues and to act as a platform for the future development of hip arthroplasty. Abstracts are invited, but not limited to, the following areas: implant design; fixation; bone cement; wear; tribology; corrosion; biomaterials; computer assisted surgery; planning; minimally invasive surgery; alternatives to arthroplasty; revision surgery; functional assessment; clinical assessment; survivorship; preclinical testing; computer simulation.

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 presenting at this event? The first step is to produce a 750-word abstract to be submitted to IMechE by 30th March 2011. The abstract must use 12-14 point font and contain the title, author's name and affiliations. The abstracts must be written and presented in English. Although all submitted abstracts will be considered by the Organising Committee, final acceptance will depend upon the Committee's decision. 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 accepted abstracts will be published in a soft-bound volume available to all conference delegates. Authors are expected to attend the conference to present their work. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit full manuscripts to be published in the Proceedings of IMechE. Authors are encouraged to submit their abstracts with full contact details electronically to Bubli Miah email:

Confirmed speakers include:
Mr David Beverland
Professor Luca Cristofolini
Professor John Fisher
Professor Tom Hogervorst
Professor Michael Morlock
Professor David Murray
Dr Claude Reiker
Dr Edward Valstar
Professor Nico Verdonschot

Organising Committee
Professor Mark Taylor (Conference Chair), University of Southampton
Dr Richie Gill, Oxford University
Dr Brian Jones, Furlong Foundation, London
Professor Justin Cobb, Imperial College London
Mr Douglas Dunlop, Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust

Kind regards,


Changing Role of Engineers in Orthopaedics
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
14th December 2010

Engineers and Surgeons: Joined at the Hip III
Royal College of Surgeons, London, UK
1st-3rd November 2011

Prof. Mark Taylor C.Eng, FIMechE
Professor of Bioengineering Science

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

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