Network Partners

Network Partners

There are seven partners involved in the SpineFX network; each group has an experienced researcher (ER) or early stage researcher (ESR) training with them. Group details can be found below.

Prof Richard M Hall, University of LeedsRichardHall

Richard is the SpineFX ITN co-ordinator. He gained his BSc in Physics from the University of Leeds and was subsequently awarded a PhD in Physics from the University of Lancaster. His research interest is Spinal Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, including:

  • Cement augmentation (vertebroplasty), but not limited to the axial skeleton
  • Motion preservation devices (total disc and nucleus replacements, interspinous process devices)
  • Neural tissue mechanics
  • Biomechanics of spinal trauma and cord injury
  • Cartilage tribology
  • Advanced mechanical simulation systems

He has extensive experience of the use of human cadaveric tissues in both a research and knowledge transfer context. More

Dr Nik Kapur, University of LeedsNik_Kapur

Nik was educated at the universities of Bradford and Leeds, where he gained his PhD and now works as the Director of the Institute of Engineering Thermofluids, Surfaces and Interfaces (iETSI). He specialises in fluid flow. His research ranges from developing a fundamental understanding of fluid flow and behaviour, through to the practical implementation of the findings at the commercial level. His work is highly interdisciplinary, and Nik works with mathematicians, chemists, materials scientists, physicists and biologists, to name a few. Within the SpineFX project, Nik is working on the treatment of bone fractures with polymer cements and the characterisation of spinal disc replacement material. More

Ondrej Holub, Antony Francis and Nicola Brandolini are the SpineFX fellows at Leeds. Click to find out more about Ondrej, Antony and Nicola, and their research.

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Dr Michael Damsgaard, AnyBody TechnologyMichael_Damsgaard

Michael holds a MSc and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark. His areas of expertise are multibody dynamics, numerical methods, and object-oriented software development.

After gaining his doctorate, Michael was appointed Assistant Professor at Aalborg University within the areas of mechanical analysis and design, and biomechanical modelling. Later he worked as Associate Research Professor with the AnyBody Research Group headed by Prof. John Rasmussen. Michael still actively collaborates with the AnyBody Research Group at Aalborg University on research topics, as well as the occasional co-supervision of Master's and PhD students.

Michael is co-founder of AnyBody Technology and is now leading the company's software development. He has been one of the key developers and architects of the AnyBody Modeling System from its early beginnings at Aalborg University in 1997. 

Dr Pavel Galibarov recently completed his training as the SpineFX fellow at ABT. Click to find out more about Pavel and his research.

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Dr Eva Lidén, BoneSupportE_Liden

Eva studied Chemical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. Her first position was as a research engineer at a research institute for ceramic materials, the Swedish Ceramic Institute (SCI). During her employment at the SCI, Eva also conducted her PhD studies in Ceramic Technology. 

At SCI she collaborated with many different companies and research groups, both in Sweden and abroad. For more than two years, Eva was in charge of SCI’s branch office at Ideon Science Park, Lund, with the main goal of supporting small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the Oresund region. In 2004, she joined one of those innovative SMEs – BONESUPPORT AB, which deals with medical devices. Since 2007, Eva has been director of research at BoneSupport. Her extensive experience in the area of ceramic materials has been invaluable to her deep involvement in the development of ceramic bone substitutes at BoneSupport. This work has so far led to two commercial products (CERAMENT™ΙBONE VOID FILLER and CERAMENT™ΙSPINE SUPPORT). 

Eva has been in charge of several research projects/studies at universities and research institutes both in Sweden and abroad. She has also supervised several MSc students at Lund University, and is a board member of MARCHAL, the graduate school of Materials Science, at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg.

Dr Argiris Kasioptas also recently completed his training as the SpineFX fellow at BS. Click to find out more about Argiris and his research.

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Dr Stefan Breuer, ulrich medical

Dr Bartosz Nowak is the SpineFX fellow at UM. Click to find out more about Bartosz and his research.

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Prof Michael Morlock, Technical University of Hamburg-HarburgMichael_Morlock

Michael received his university degrees in Mathematics and Sport Sciences from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1985, and completed his PhD in Medical Science at the University of Calgary (Alberta, Canada) in 1990. After three years as the head of the Biomechanics Laboratory of novel GmbH (pressure distribution measurement systems) in Munich (Germany), he went back to University to take a position as a Senior Research Associate at the Biomechanics Institute of the TUHH. In 2000 he was awarded a professorship at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria) and in 2004 took up the position he still holds as a full Professor of Biomechanics and Director of the Biomechanics Institute at the TUHH. His major scientific interests are in pre-clinical testing, failure analysis, surgeon education, materials in orthopaedics, as well as the interaction between implants and the human body. More

Dr Gerd Huber, Technical University of Hamburg-HarburgGHuber

Gerd was born near Freiburg in Germany and studied mechanical engineering at three universities - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon (France) and the Technical University, Vienna (Austria). He worked as a research assistant in the Institute of mechanical engineering at the TUHH Hamburg University of Technology (Germany) focusing on mechanical modelling and multiaxial servohydraulic test rigs. In cooperation with the AO research institute in Davos he investigated the biomechanical properties of spinal specimens and obtained his PhD in mechanical engineering under the supervision of Prof. Uwe Weltin, Prof. Keita Ito and Prof. Michael Morlock. He is currently Deputy of the Institute of Biomechanics. His research is focused on the dynamic properties and fatigue loading of spinal specimens in cooperation with the Federal Institute of Safety and Health (Germany) and other industrial and academic partners. He chairs the Training Subcommittee of the SpineFX international training network. More

Miklós Ivicsics, Rebecca Kueny, Jean-Philippe Berteau and Reza Danyali are the SpineFX fellows at TUHH. Click to find out more about Miklós, Rebecca, Jean-Philippe and Reza, and their research.

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Prof Philippe Zysett, University of Bern pzysset

Philippe was born in Geneva and studied engineering physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He worked as a research assistant at the Laboratory of Applied Mechanics of EPFL, where he obtained his PhD in biomechanics. In 2003, Philippe was nominated as a professor of biomechanics at the Vienna University of Technology, where he founded a laboratory for micromechanics of biological tissues and initiated a novel master program in biomedical engineering. Since 2011, he has been a professor of biomechanics at the Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics of the University of Bern. His research concentrates on the theoretical and experimental characterization of the hierarchical mechanical properties of biological tissues and the development of patient-specific simulation models of the musculoskeletal system. More

Hadi Hosseini, Ghislain Maquer and Allison Clouthier are the SpineFX fellows at the University of Bern. Click to find out more about HadiGhislain and Allison, and their research.

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Prof Stephen Ferguson, ETH Zürich Stephen_Ferguson

Stephen was appointed in 2011 as Full Professor of Biomechanics at the Institute for Biomechanics of the ETH Zurich. He completed his studies as a mechanical engineer at the University of Toronto in 1991. Following a stint in industry, he completed his master's studies at Queen's University in 1994, followed by a research internship at the AO Research Institute in Davos. From 1996 - 2000 he wrote his doctoral thesis at Queen's University. In 2006 he received his Venia Docendi in "Musculoskeletal Biomechanics" at the University of Bern, where he was also co-director of the ARTORG Spine Research Center.

The focus of Stephen's research is the study of the mechanical and biological mechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries and the use of innovative technologies for their treatment. The challenge presented by an ageing population is of primary importance. He and his group study new biomaterials and implant concepts and develop the technical means for their application in the clinic. More

Giacomo Marini, Ilsoo Koh and Olga Krupková are the SpineFX fellows at ETH Zürich. Click to find out more about Giacomo, Ilsoo and Olga, and their research.

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