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Emmanuel Eghan-Acquah

Project title

Performance of the blade plate system in proximal femoral osteotomy: biomechanical analyses

Supervisors

A/Professor Christopher Carty, Queensland Advancing Clinical Research Fellow, Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University

Dr Martina Barzan, Griffith Centre of Biomedical & Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), Griffith University

Dr Azadeh Nasseri, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith Centre of Biomedical & Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), Griffith University

Professor Stefanie Feih, School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University 

Emmanuel has always harboured a passion for orthopaedics since his formative years as an undergrad at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. It was particularly during his Master’s in Engineering degree program that he developed a strong desire to pursue a career in medical implant technologies. He went on to work for a global implants manufacturing company where he gained valuable skills in the application of biomechanical principles in orthopaedics. His expertise lies in the application of finite element methods in orthopaedics, computer-aided design optimizations, musculoskeletal biomechanics, virtual surgical planning, material testing and evaluation, and additive manufacturing.

 

Emmanuel’s PhD project investigates the biomechanical performance of the blade plate system in proximal femoral osteotomies. The blade plate is commonly used in proximal femoral osteotomy for the correction of various paediatric hip deformities. A systematic investigation of their performance will aid in the optimisation of their design parameters to improve upon their short and long-term biomechanical performance. Emmanuel’s PhD project aims to offer a better understanding of paediatric bone remodelling following osteotomy, inform optimal blade plate design, and contribute to optimal surgical procedures and considerations. He hopes to achieve his research goals using finite element analyses and musculoskeletal modelling.

 

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