Public lecture: engineers armed for medical rehabilitation

A free public lecture at the University of Bath will describe how biomechanical engineering is improving joint replacement treatment for older people, on Friday 8 October.

Professor Garth Johnson from Newcastle University will discuss a state-of-the-art biomechanical model of the shoulder and its use to design novel shoulder joint replacements, at the annual lecture organised by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME).

He will show how biomechanical measurements are used to understand arm function and evaluate the effectiveness of treatments, and discuss the future role of robots in the rehabilitation of the arm.

Professor Johnson said: “Skilled use of the arm is vital to the performance of the daily tasks of personal care and mobility. For many older people this function is compromised by arthritic changes or neurological damage following a stroke or other impairment.

“The engineering challenge is to understand the biomechanics of the limb and to develop models and measurement techniques that lead to new implant designs and rehabilitation methods.”

Professor Johnson held a Personal Chair in Rehabilitation at Newcastle University and focused his research on orthopaedic implant design for the arm and shoulder, the quantification of impairment after stroke, and related assistive technology. He retired from full time employment in 2008 and is now Head of Research at ADL Smartcare Ltd, as well as holding a part time post at Newcastle University.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering, and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He is author of more then 150 publications in journals, books and conference proceedings.

The lecture will be held on Friday 8 October at 7pm in lecture theatre 5 West 2.1. There will be a drinks reception and exhibition in the foyer at 6.30pm. Free tickets are available from Gail Gillespie in the Events & Ceremonies Office on 01225 383659.

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