PhD opportunity in respiratory biomechanics in collaboration with industry and the UK National Health Service. Supervisors: Dr Alberto Marzo and Prof Jim Wild at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Deadline: 15 Jan 2019.
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects 5.4M sufferers in the UK alone. Control of the disease can be achieved by administrating drugs (bronchodilators) using pressurised Metered Dose inhalers, often enhanced by the combined use of asthma spacer devices. These devices are mostly effective in children but their design is old, cumbersome and difficult to use, which leads to a low treatment intake with increased risk of serious complications.
Using modelling and experimental approaches, the project will investigate the link between spacer design, patient-specific respiratory system anatomy, and drug delivery. The aim is to ultimately develop a computational framework for the identification of effective and personalised devices that are easy to use, portable, discrete, attractive to the younger population, cost effective, easy to manufacture, disposable and with low environmental impact.
The project is in collaboration with ELAROS (NHS spin-off company), the Sheffield Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit (national NHS referral centre for Clinical Pulmonary Imaging) and the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Figure 1. CFD analysis of drug particles distribution in a typical asthma spacer (left). Comparison of CFD vs MRI data in central airways (right).
Applicants for the post must have (or be expected to attain) a first-class or upper second class degree in an engineering discipline. An aerospace/mechanical engineering background would be an advantage, as would experience of computational fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, or image-based computer modelling.
Please note, this position is only open to UK and EU citizens with 3 or more years residency.
This studentship covers the cost of tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard UK research rate (£14,777 in 2018/19).
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In the frame of the Strituvad project we are opening a new position for communication officer. The position is initially for 12 months, but can be extended for additional two.
The aim of this research contract is the creation of a community of practice around the emerging applications of the so-called in silico medicine, with particular reference to in silico trials, where modelling and simulation technologies are used for the certification of new drugs or medical devices. Under the guidance of Prof Marco Viceconti one of the tope world-wide experts on in silico medicine, the researcher will create the content and manage web sites, social network accounts, e-newsletters, and online communities allowing all those interested in the topic who work in academia, industry, consulting or service firms or in regulatory agencies to exchange good practices on the use of modelling and simulation in medicine. The post is funded by the EU project STRITUVAD, which aims to develop in silico methods to reduce the cost of clinical trials for new therapies for tuberculosis in developing countries where this disease is endemic.
The ideal candidate should have:
A Master degree (Laurea Magistrale) or equivalent title in scientific disciplines or Communication Science
Excellent knowledge of English language (written and spoken)
Priority will be given to candidates with experience in Science Communication, dissemination of research results, networking and community building among scientists, production of press releases
Title: From Virtual Pre-Operative Planning to Surgical Reality – THR Planning with Corin OPS and Simpleware Software
Date: Wednesday, October 03, 2018
Time: 11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
This webinar will explore the Corin OPS™ Total Hip Replacement (THR) system through a patient’s journey. This involves performing pre-operative patient-specific analysis to improve surgical outcomes. We will demonstrate how medical imaging is used to create a personalized plan for the surgical procedure, including patient-specific 3D printed guides. In addition, tools are provided for post-operative assessment.
We will show how Synopsys’ Simpleware™ software has been used to streamline the OPS process, capitalizing on flexible scripting capabilities to enable the development of custom tools and a bespoke robust workflow, reducing the time per surgical case required and increasing consistency and traceability.
In this webinar you will:
Recognize the benefits of virtual pre-surgical planning
Understand Corin’s OPS™ system for transforming medical images into personalized surgical plans
See the value of integrating Simpleware software to automate pre-surgical planning workflows
During the next General Assembly that will be held during our upcoming 8th World Congress of Biomechanics in Dublin, Ireland, we shall have to elect a number of new members to the Council.
Stephen Ferguson completed his two full terms and thus must step down. Hanna Isaksson makes the decision to leave the council for the remaining two years. And finally, Sara Checa, Harry van Lenthe and Markus Heller completed their first term, and intend to stand for reelection.
Hence, five Council seats in total are up for election; the Council thus invites any regular member in good standing to candidate for a seat on the Council of our Society. As our Society considers gender equality as an important aspect in the life of our community, we would particularly encourage women to candidate for these positions. Being an ESB council member is a great opportunity, both socially and professionally, which vastly pays back the effort that such serious commitment requires.
Those who are interested should send their full length CV, complete the application form and attach a small picture, all in electronic format to the Secretary General, email@example.com, by 10th May 2018. Candidates will be posted on the Society web site so that all members can consult them; therefore the information on the application form will be made available to all voting members. Voting will be by an on-line electronic process open prior to the GA. We will send all candidates information about the opening of the ballot at the end of June. The ballot will close during the congress in Dublin, so please make every effort to attend the congress. Candidates with the most number of votes will be presented by the President directly at the forthcoming General Assembly, where the vote will be ratified on July 10th, 2018.
The Council of the European Society of Biomechanics
Open Position for a University Assistant in Biomechanics and Proteomics
Description: The Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics (ILSB) of TU Wien invites applications for the position of a University Assistant in the area of biomechanics and protein analysis. The mechanics of biological tissue are closely related to their hierarchical structure and composition. For example the absence of certain noncollagenous proteins in bone has been shown to be deleterious for fracture toughness. Similarly, the presence of sugar-mediated cross-links in collagen within bone as well as in musculoskeletal soft tissues such as tendons or ligaments is thought to alter their material properties. The candidate sought for this position will work at the cross-roads of tissue composition and mechanics, whereby the compositional aspects will be investigated via mass-spectrometry methods under supervision of Prof. M. Marchetti-Deschmann of the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics of TU Wien. A special focus will be on the compositional aspects of the enthesis (the tendon-to-bone-junction) as well as on tendon and isolated individual collagen fibrils. Mechanical tests will be conducted mostly with via atomic force microscopy in the Interfacultary Laboratory for Nano- and Micromechanics of Biological and Biomimetical Materials, employing where the ILSB is a major stakeholder. In addition to conducting research towards a PhD degree the post will also entail participation in administrative tasks and teaching activities at the ILSB.
Qualifications: We are looking for an individual with a completed MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Physics or a related discipline. Skills and knowledge in biomechanics, biochemistry, chemical analysis will be advantageous. Further, German language skills (native speaker or level B2 according to CEFR) are required.
Every year, the ESB Mobility Award grants up to two early career ESB members a cost-of-living allowance of 4.000 € on a competitive basis, to carry out collaborative research in a different country, as part of the PhD or early postdoctoral research of the applicants. The minimum duration of the research is between two and six months. Supervisors from the host laboratory should be ESB members as well.
Please check here the detail of the call and how to apply. Deadline is May 31st 2018; don’t miss the opportunity!
For your information, feel free to check the profiles and projects of past awardees: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013
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