Dr Jude Meakin

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Needle injury to the annulus of the intervertebral disc: mechanisms and minimisation.

Collaborators: Peter Winlove, Claudio Vergari & Jessica Mansfield

Funding: Henry Smith Charity

This project aims to investigate the effect of needle puncture on the mechanics of the annulus fibrosus.

Image driven subject-specific finite element models

Collaborators: Sahand Zanjani-Pour, Chris Smith & Peter Winlove

The aim of this project is to explore the use of imaging data for the geometry and boundary conditions on subject-specific models of spinal biomechanics.

Vertebral morphology characterisation: developing reliable methods for scoliosis research.

Collaborators: Mr Andrew Clarke (Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust)

Funding: British Scoliosis Research Foundation.

The aim of this project was to develop reliable methods for characterising the shape of the vertebrae in the human spine. These methods can be used in future research to understand more about the causes and development of scoliosis. More details can be found on the BSRF website.

Characterisation of the three-dimensional shape of human vertebrae using statistical shape methods.

Funding: Royal Society

This project aimed to develop software tools for characterising the three dimensional shape of the human vertebrae using statistical shape models.