"Fingers crossed: getting to grips with improving artificial finger joints"
(School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University)
17 October 2007
11am, Stephenson Building, room F16 (first floor)
The replacement of diseased hip and knee joints with artificial joints has arguably been the major success within orthopaedics in the 20th century. However, such an achievement has not been seen with other joints of the body, including the finger joints.
Beginning with a look at the diseases which can destroy the natural finger joints, this seminar will outline the bioengineering steps taken towards improving finger prostheses. This journey will include the design of a novel test device, the results from months of testing using it, and the crucial impact of biotribology in the development process.