The 2nd Musculoskeletal ARCTCIBE and SydMSK Combined Online Workshop

About this Event

The 2nd Musculoskeletal ARCTCIBE and SydMSK Combined Online Workshop is hosted by ARC Training Centre for Innovative Bioengineering in coordination with Sydney Musculoskeletal Bone and Joint Health Alliance.

It will bring together clinicians from the Musculoskeletal discipline with biomedical engineers and MSK experts from the University of Sydney. ARC TRAINING CENTRE FOR INNOVATIVE BIOENGINEERING builds links between Engineering, Science, Medicine and Industry.

This half-day meeting will provide an opportunity to the Musculoskeletal clinicians to present clinical issues they would like to solve using technologies to be developed by the Biomedical engineers. There would be an opportunity for one on one interaction and breakout sessions to discuss problems and their solutions. The Centre has strong links to industry (orthopaedic companies) who would be potential partners for any discoveries we may have.

Date/Time: Tue, 10 November 2020
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM AEDT


Program: Download Here



Welcome by Prof. David Hunter 

Speaker: Prof. Zsolt Balogh 
Topic: Segmental Bone Defects in Polytrauma (induced membrane technique for infected non-unions)

Speaker: A/Prof. Rory Clifton Bligh
Topic: Bone health in spinal cord injury–challenges and opportunities

Speaker: Prof. Vasi Naganathan
Topic: Things to think about when developing technology for older people

(Apologies from the organisers: the talk was interrupted several times by internet hackers. )

Speaker: A/Prof. David Parker
Topic: Achieving greater precision in knee reconstruction surgery

Speaker: Prof. David Hunter
Topic: Targeting focal structural abnormalities in osteoarthritis

Speakers: Prof. Lyn March and Dr. Craig Willers
Topic: Integrating research and clinical practice – can we make IT systems and analytics work?

Speaker: Dr Kayla Cornett
Topic: Measuring real-world gait and function in paediatric neuromuscular diseases

Speaker: Prof. Hala Zreiqat
Topic: Solving Musculoskeletal problems

Speaker: Prof. Alistair McEwan
Topic: Electroceutical sensors and stimulation in MSK

Speaker: Prof. Qing Li
Topic: Computational modelling and prosthetic design for mandibular reconstruction

Speaker: A/Prof. Jinman Kim
Topic: Deep learning for musculoskeletal image analysis and visualisation


Prof. David Hunter

Professor Hunter is a rheumatology clinician researcher whose main research focus has been clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis (OA). He is the Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney and the Royal North Shore Hospital. He is ranked as the worlds leading expert in osteoarthritis on since 2014. He is on the editorial board for Arthritis and Rheumatology, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, Arthritis Care and Research and part of the review committee for OA for the American College of Rheumatology, EULAR and OARSI scientific meetings. Dr Hunter has over 450 peer reviewed publications in international journals, numerous book chapters, is the section editor for UpToDate Osteoarthritis and has co-authored a number of books, including books on self management strategies for the lay public.

Prof. Zsolt Balogh

Professor Balogh is the Discipline Head of Traumatology and Surgery and leads the Traumatology Research Group at the University of Newcastle. He is also the Director of Trauma Surgery at the John Hunter Hospital and Hunter New England Local Health District. Apart from a teacher and researcher, he is an active trauma and orthopaedic surgeon with a major interest in complex polytrauma patients and pelvic and acetabulum fracture patients. As the Discipline Head of Traumatology, Professor Balogh is responsible for the Trauma curriculum at the University of Newcastle, which has formal components in years 1,3,4 and 5 in the Medical School. His research covers many areas of trauma care such as orthopaedic trauma, torso trauma and postinjury critical care. He collaborates with academic trauma centres and Universities in Europe, United States and Australia. Professor Balogh supervises the Traumatology PhD program at The University of Newcastle and clinical and research fellowship programs at the John Hunter Hospital.

A/Prof. Roderick Clifton-Bligh

A/Prof Roderick Clifton-Bligh is Head of the Department of Endocrinology at Royal North Shore Hospital, and conjoint associate professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney. He completed a PhD in the genetics of thyroid disorders at the University of Cambridge. He now supervises dual research groups, one of which focuses on the genetics of endocrine neoplasms, and the other on metabolic bone disease.

A/Prof. David Parker

Associate Professor Parker is an orthopaedic surgeon specialising exclusively in surgery of the knee. He completed his orthopaedic training in Sydney, followed by subspecialty knee surgery training in Canada. He has now been in practice in Sydney for 15 years and is nationally and internationally recognised as an expert in the field of knee surgery.

He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, and is the president of the Asia Pacific Knee Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Society. He is also Assist. Secretary of the International Society for Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is regularly involved in teaching and is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, and has a strong interest in clinical research, having established the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute.

A/Prof Parker has special interest and expertise in knee replacement surgery, sports injuries of the knee, ligament reconstruction and knee realignment surgery.

A/Prof Parker also has a keen interest in nonsurgical management of knee arthritis, for those patients for whom surgery would not be helpful, and has established the Sydney Intensive Knee Clinic to manage this optimally.

A/Prof Parker has a goal of optimising the management for each patient, using an evidence based approach to achieve the best outcome for every patient by careful consultation, informed discussion, expert surgical management, and thorough postoperative care.

A/Prof. Vasikaran Naganathan

Associate Professor
Medicine, Concord Clinical School
Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CRGH)

Prof. Lyn March

Professor Lyn March is the Ligins Professor of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology at Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health and Head of the Department of Rheumatology at Royal North Shore. She is on the Executive committees of SydMSK, GMUSC and OMERACT. She was the in- augural Co-Chair of the NSW ACI MSK Network that launched the MSK Models of Care. In her Keynote: Evidence into Practice she will take you on the Osteoporosis Re-fracture Prevention Journey.

Dr. Craig Willers

Dr Craig Willers is the National Director of the Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC), University of Sydney. Since completing his PhD in orthopaedic tissue engineering, he has worked in health and medical research (mainly musculoskeletal) within university, healthcare, industry, charity and government (NSW Health).His core expertise and interest are large scale, integrated data/informatics and biobanking projects that facilitate collaboration and develop more holistic data models for innovative discovery and efficient evidence-based advances in both patient and population health.

Dr. Kayla  Cornett

Dr Kayla Cornett PhD, is a NIH funded postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney and Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is an expert in clinical outcome measurement for pediatric neuromuscular diseases. As an early career researcher Dr Cornett has over 20 publications including a seminal report published in the Annals of Neurology focusing on the natural history of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease during childhood. She collaborates with leading researchers in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and Spinal Muscular Atrophy internationally with her research focussing on reliable and sensitive assessment of function in children with neuromuscular diseases

Dr. Vi Khanh Truong

Dr. Vi Khanh Truong is an RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Truong obtained his Ph.D. in Nanobiotechnology in 2012 from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. He held industrial research positions with the CRC for Polymers and the ARC Steel Research Hub. In these positions, he has designed innovative antimicrobial coatings. In his current research, he further investigates the interactions between microbial cellular structures and nanomaterials to understand “antimicrobial resistance” and develop “next‐generation antimicrobial strategies”.

Prof. Hala Zreiqat

Hala Zreiqat AM is Professor of Biomedical Engineering, a 2016-2017 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow, Director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering and is Head of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Unit in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney. She is also an Honorary Professor at Shanghai JiaoTong University (2013-2019). Her group consists of multidisciplinary team of researchers including engineers, cell and molecular biologists and clinicians. Her lab works on the development of novel engineered materials and 3D printed platforms for regenerative medicine, particularly in the fields of orthopaedics, dental and maxillofacial applications. In addition, her group is interested in the development of novel nanospheres for growth factors, drug and cell delivery as well as novel injectable materials. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Her pioneering development of innovative biomaterials for tissue regeneration has led to one awarded (US) and 6 provisional patents, 5 as a lead inventor, and several collaborations with inter/national industry partners. She is regularly invited to give keynote and plenary presentations at major international and national conferences. She has organized / chaired a number of major international conferences/ symposia / workshops. She is the immediate past president of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic research Society (2010-2012). She is the founder and chair of the Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering and the IDEAL Society network. Amongst her awards are: Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology (2019); Payne-Scott Professional Distinction (2019); Member of the Order of Australia 2019; One of the 10 of Australia’s most influential women in engineering, Create magazine (2019);The King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the Second Class – the highest civilian honor bestowed by the King of Jordan (2018); Leopold Dintenfass Memorial Award, for Excellence in Research (2012) and the University of Sydney Engineering Deans Research Award (2009).

Prof. Qing Li

Professor Qing Li obtained his PhD degree from the University of Sydney in 2000. He received postdoc training from Cornell University, NY, USA 2000 – 2001. He was a recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Postdoctoral (APD) Research Fellowship in 2001 (55 awarded nationwide). Dr Qing Li was a senior lecturer in School of Engineering, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia from 2004 to 2006. He returned to Sydney by taking up a Sesqui senior lectureship in 2006, where he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010 and Professor in 2014. Prior to his academic appointment in Sydney, Dr Qing Li was a recipient of an Australian Academy of Science (AAS) international award to visit the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 2006. Professor Qing Li is now an ARC Future Fellow (2013-2017) in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, at the University of Sydney.

Prof. Alistair McEwan

Professor Alistair McEwan received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2005. He is currently Ainsworth Chair of Technology and Innovation within the School of Electrical and Information Engineering conducting research into bioelectronics, the electrical and optical properties of tissue and disabilities such as cerebral palsy. He works closely with clinicians from a number of hospitals in Sydney, including the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital, Royal North Shore and Nepean Hospital. His research focuses on using signal processing, electronics and modelling to understand the effects of the impedance of tissue as a biomarker in neurology, cardiology, musculoskeletal tissue and the effect on neuromodulation.

A/Prof. Jinman Kim

Associate Professor Jinman Kim received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Sydney in 2005. He is currently the Director of the Visual TeleHealth Lab, the Biomedical & Multimedia Information Technology (BMIT) Research Group , School of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney. As an active key member of the BMIT Research Group, he is in charge of a research commercialisation and industry links. He has produced a number of impact publications, including IEEE Transactions, Medical Image Analysis, etc., and received several prestigious external completive grants, including the ARC Discovery and Linkage grants. He is also a Theme Leader in the Faculty’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technologies (BMET).

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