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The University of Southampton
Institute for Life Sciences

Human Development and Health Seminar Series Event

13:00 - 14:00
1 December 2011
Somers Lecture Theatre, Level A, Institute of Developmental Sciences

Event details

Composition and Structural Hierarchy of Bone - Determinants of Mechanical Competence

 he evaluation of fracture risk in osteoporotic patients, which is still mostly based on Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurements, is a challenging task. During the past decades the research community has identified that not only bone mass, i.e. BMD, but also bone quality need to be evaluated in order to achieve a reliable diagnosis of bone fracture risk for the individual. Bone quality includes among many other parameters the matrix material properties, which are dependent on the ultra- and microstructural arrangement of components that make up bone tissue. For this reason we endeavour to characterise both bone structure and mechanics from the nano- to the micro- and up to the macroscale. We aim to improve bone fragility diagnostics and therapies and to develop novel biomimetic materials copying key features of bone.

Lunch Provided at 12:30pm for attendees

Speaker information

Dr Phillip Thurner,Lecturer in Mechanobiology and Deputy Director of the uVIS Tomography Centre, Bioengineering Sciences Group, University of Southampton.

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