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Sports Technology and Applied Research Symposium

Towards Personalised Medical Implants, and the Opportunities to Better Measure, Model and Enhance High Performance Athletes


30 Nov 2020


Professor David Lloyd, Director; Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE), Menzies Health Institute Queensland

The nervous system, and musculoskeletal tissues and prostheses, will have improved or degraded function depending on their neurophysiological and mechanically functional environments. These environments are the result of functionally consistent efferent and afferent neural excitation, motion and loading, and tissue biology and morphology.

Repair of musculoskeletal tissues or integration of prostheses require 'ideal' in vivo loading of tissues and appropriately designed and surgically implanted prostheses, and rehabilitation enabled with mechanically relevant real-time afferent biofeedback. In neurorehabilitation, patients must perform the intended rehabilitation consistent with appropriate patterns of muscle excitation and afferent biofeedback.

In all scenarios, implant design and surgical placement, movement assistance, muscle excitation and/or afferent biofeedback can be achieved with technologies enabled by the patient’s personalised digital twin (multiscale computational simulation and AI), are examined in this presentation.

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