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In situ XCT mechanics and digital volume correlation of biological tissues and biomaterials in orthopaedics

Published: 25 January 2018
Dr Gianluca Tozzi
Dr Gianluca Tozzi

Dr Gianluca Tozzi - University of Portsmouth and Director of Zeiss Global centre

Friday 16th February 2018, Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration, IDS Building, Southampton General Hospital


12.00 pm - Seminar in Lecture Theatre

1.00 pm - Lunch and discussion in seminar room



Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) is rapidly growing in the biomechanical evaluation of biological tissues and biomaterials, particularly for orthopaedic research. In fact, due to the rapid development of in situ time-lapse testing protocols combined with high-resolution X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT), DVC has become a powerful tool to measure full-field internal deformations in bone, biomaterials and bone-biomaterial systems. The potential that DVC has to offer to biomechanics is impressive and ranges from the perfect framework for full-field validation of local properties predictions in computational models (i.e. finite element analysis) for in silico medicine, to novel diagnostic tools for risk of fracture assessment in clinical imaging. This seminar is intended to present recent research carried out at University of Portsmouth on DVC applied to orthopaedic biomechanics and to foresee future scenarios in its development.

About the speaker

Dr Gianluca Tozzi is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering, University of Portsmouth. His research activity is devoted to the evaluation of bone/biomaterials using in situ X-ray Computed Tomography (XCT) mechanics and Digital Volume Correlation (DVC), for which he is currently considered one of the major experts worldwide. This expertise led to the formation in 2016 of the Zeiss Global Centre that Dr Tozzi has directed ever since. He also leads the Bioneer Research Group, active in the fields of imaging, 3D printing, experimental mechanics and computational modelling of bio-structures and biomaterials. He sits on the scientific board of the British Society for Strain Measurement (BSSM) and of the Tomography for Scientific Advances (ToScA International); and have editorial roles in journals such as Frontiers in Materials and Journal of Microscopy. Since 2010, he co-authored 35 peer-reviewed papers and contributed to over 60 conference proceedings. His research work has been supported by STFC, Royal Society, Innovate UK and Industry.

 Lunchtime refreshment kindly sponsored by Zeiss.

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