MQ Health - Macquarie University

Research

Research – taking a joint approach

At MQ Health, academic surgeons are collaborating with biomedical engineers in Macquarie University’s unique state-of-the-art Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory to gain a deeper understanding of how soft tissues and joints behave under different conditions. This type of research has a profound impact on improving surgical treatments for various conditions affecting joints as well as influencing the design of the next generation of joint replacements. Our goal is to marry surgical need with engineering research to bring new and improved technologies and approaches to patient care.

Our Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory is one of handful of laboratories in Australia that has the capacity to use human tissue for research. We are in the process of developing research programmes in the following areas to improve the care of our patients:

  • Joint simulators to allow biomechanics testing and improve joint replacement implant design
  • 3D modelling to gain a better understand of  anatomical pathology
  • Robotic Surgery to enhance orthopaedic surgical outcomes
  • Augmented Reality to improve surgical planning and improve surgical accuracy

Associate Professor Richard Appleyard, a biomechanical engineer, is the head of our world class Surgical Skills Centre and Biomechanics Lab. Associate Professor Desmond Bokor was also instrumental in establishing the Biomechanics Lab and has supervised various research projects. They have now been joined by Dr Sumit Raniga, who has a background in molecular medicine, including gene therapy, as well as orthopaedic surgical sciences, including biomechanics. His aim is further develop and implement a world class centre of excellence in translational orthopaedic research, that not only produces top quality basic science that influences surgical practice, but also trains the academic surgeons of tomorrow.