Professor Anthony Bull
Professor Bull is Professor of Musculoskeletal Mechanics in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. His research is focused on the basic mechanics of joints (including the tissues of joints and the mechanics of joints within the whole musculoskeletal system) and the application of this knowledge and technologies developed to the diagnosis and treatment of pathologies and performance parameters. These are applied to Sport Biomechanics, Injury Biomechanics (focusing on Blast), and the Biomechanics of Ageing including Osteoarthritis. His main areas of expertise in sports biomechanics are in spinal mechanics in rowing and the biomechanics of the upper arm in cricket. As Director of the Musculoskeletal Medical Engineering Centre funded by the Wellcome Trust and EPSRC Professor Bull leads his own research group in musculoskeletal dynamics, and also provides underlying research technology support for nine other investigators funded through the Centre. He has in addition extensive research activity in orthopaedic implant and surgical design in many areas associated with lower limb and upper limb biomechanics and ageing.
Professor Daniele Dini
Professor Daniele Dini, D.Phil., CEng, FIMechE, MASME and FHEA holds a post as a Professor in Tribology at Imperial College London. Prior to joining Imperial College in 2006, and after receiving an M.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari (Italy) in 2000, Professor Dini studied for a D.Phil. in the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford (2004). Professor Dini is Head of the Imperial College Tribology Group, one of the largest tribology groups in the world (about 60 full time researchers). Professor Dini’s research centres on the application of advanced modelling strategies to applied mechanics, materials, physics, chemistry, biomechanics and structural integrity, with a particular focus on tribology. It consists of three basic elements: (i) development of advanced numerical tools for the solution of tribological and related problems, including molecular dynamics simulations and fluid and solid mechanics solvers (ii) development of multi-scale strategies to couple molecular-, meso- and macro-scale solvers, (iii) application of advanced numerical tools, both at a fundamental level to understand the underlying mechanisms governing tribological behaviour and for practical use in design, troubleshooting and virtual testing. His work is published in major international journals in the fields of tribology, solid mechanics, computational and experimental material science, soft matter physics, physical chemistry and biomechanics. Professor Dini has published over 140 journal papers presented a number of keynotes and invited talks and contributions at conferences on these subjects since 2003.
Dr Catherine Van Der Straeten
Dr Catherine Van Der Straeten is a senior scientist in musculoskeletal sciences and technologies at Imperial College, London. She is a medical doctor, specialist in rheumatology, degree obtained at Ghent University in Belgium and did a fellowship in clinical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, USA. She holds a PhD in Health Sciences and has 30 years’ experience in translational orthopaedic research, both in biological systems and in implant device development and clinical outcome studies. Her research has been focused on all aspects of joint replacement and on bone and tissue regeneration and substitution, including menisci. She has led and coordinated many international studies, is external advisor to the SCENIHR of the European Commission and is currently the president of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty.