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PhD Studentship: Quantitative Assessment of Bone Fracture Healing and Early
diagnosis of delayed and non-union conditionsLoughborough University
There is a major need to monitor and evaluate the healing of fractured
bones, both in the military and the civilian population, as many of them
(up to 30% in military settings) may result in delayed union or non-union
requiring further conservative or even surgical procedures. These fractures
can be painful, expensive, and a drain on the military and civilian
resources, especially if not diagnosed early enough. Today, the remaining
bottleneck in evidenced-based fracture care is the lack of clinical tools
that allow for direct quantitative assessment of fracture healing and early
diagnosis of non-union conditions. Special interest in clinical setting is
monitoring the bone healing between the sixth and twelfth week after
fracture, where there is no radiological evidence on the callus formation
and an early diagnosis of a delayed union or non-union could be done.
The research question is: can we identify a trend in the mechanical
properties of the callus during the early healing period to distinguish a
normal fracture healing from a delayed or a non-union fracture, to support
The aim of this study is to develop and validate a non-invasive technique,
based on ultrasound, capable of recognizing different tissues at the
fracture site with high sensitivity during the early stage of healing. The
technique should have high soft tissue contrast to investigate the first
phase post-fracture and then support orthopaedic surgeons in the early
diagnosis of delayed union or non-union conditions.
*Find out more:*
General information about the Wearable BioRobotics group can be found at
For Informal inquiries about the project, please contact Professor
Massimiliano Zecca [hidden email]
Applicants should have a good Master’s degree in a relevant engineering or
science degree such as (but not limited to) biomedical engineering,
mechatronics, robotics, bionics, preferably with some experience with
modelling and experimenting on bone fracture healing. Good problem solving
and analytical skills are essential. A background in modelling and
simulation, and proficiency in software coding are highly desirable.
This project is funded partly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC) as part of the Doctoral Training Partnership
(DTP), and partly by the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing
Benefits of this DTP-studentship include:
- A tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum for 3.5 years (this will
increase in line with EPSRC recommended rate)s
- Tuition fees at the UK/EU rate
- A Research Training Support Grant worth at least £1,750 to assist with
- Admission to the University as part of a cohort of EPSRC-DTP funded
Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are
eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all
applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum
Name: Professor Massimiliano Zecca, [hidden email] , +44-1509-227122
*How to apply:*
All applications should be made online at
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.lboro.ac.uk_study_apply_research_&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=sNlE-yMt4UDw9EgmUOocFa26HdNkfdHX7bEDKLc35UM&s=K9wyqKGAYpMcmZ7axb9pkV9uiEZaQ6IRdgx4a5EL3LQ&e= . Please quote the reference
‘MZ140217’ on all correspondence and especially on the application form.
Please ensure that you select ‘Electronic, Electrical and Systems
Engineering’ under programme name on the application form.
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