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Dr Russ Alberts 

Visiting Research Fellow

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Dr Russ Alberts is a Visiting Research Fellow within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Russ Alberts joined nCATS in 2012 to investigate the problems associated with the wear of metal-on-metal (MOM) artificial hip implants. He is also charged with enhancing a hip wear simulator that seeks to duplicate the effects of millions of walking cycles on the wear of the implants. This work investigates the reasons for the early failures of some metal-on-metal hip implants that had to be removed in thousands of patients after only three years of use and seeks to find solutions.

His efforts are part of a larger multidisciplinary undertaking involving the University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital and medical device industry partners to find solutions to the current problems and shortcoming of artificial joint implants. This will benefit millions of people globally. In 2013, about 84,000 new hip implants are placed in patients in England and Wales with an additional 11,200 revision implants that replaced older implants in patients that had failed. In the USA, about 400,000 hip replacements are performed every year and according to Business Wire, the global hip implant market will top over £4.4 billion in 2019.

Doctor Alberts has over thirty years of experience in orthopaedic biomechanics. Previously he served as Director of the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska from 19945 to 2001 where he lead research with a Stanmore knee wear simulator working primarily on corporate funded projects. He later did consulting work with his own company, Alberts Biomechanics. He began doing research with the Omaha Veterans Administration Hospital in 2007. His Doctoral degree is in Bioengineering and Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University. His undergraduate degrees are from Nebraska Wesleyan University and Columbia University.

Research group

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)

Research project(s)

Particle analysis

Most hip and knee implants fail due to the effects of wear particles created by the implant.

Upgrade and validate simulator

To understand how hip implants fail, we must better understand how they wear.

Effects of vitamin E and natural lubricants on wear and oxidation of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

Understanding the effects of natural lubricants in artificial joints to improve implants.

Better methods to measure wear of hip implants

To understand how hip implants fail, we must better understand how they wear.

Dr Russ Alberts
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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