Stefaan and Niamh travelled to San Diego this month for the 2017 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) meeting. Stefaan was a finalist for a prestigious New Investigator Recognition Award for his paper on “Exploring the link between fetal movements and hip dysplasia in singleton and twin pregnancies”. Niamh presented a paper on “Short periods of fetal immobility lead to dramatic effects on spine and rib development”, and also showcased Vivien’s poster entitled “Quantifying the effects of fetal immobility on joint morphogenesis using 3D image registration techniques”.
Stefaan and Niamh have published a new review paper entitled “Ontogeny of the human pelvis“, in a special issue of the Anatomical Record dedicated to the anatomy, development and function of the human pelvis
Vikesh was a finalist in the Stem4Britain competition this week, giving him the unique opportunity to present his PhD research on in vitro mechanostimulation of developing limb explants to UK Members of Parliament. Well done Vikesh!
Welcome to the group Kaushik Mukherjee, who joins us all the way from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, where he did his PhD. Kaushik will be developing mechanobiological models of joint shape morphogenesis in developing animals and humans.
Rebecca’s paper entitled “Abnormal fetal muscle forces result in defects in spinal curvature and alterations in vertebral segmentation and shape” has been accepted by the Journal of Orthopaedic Research! Former UROP and MRes students (James, Tyler and Zuheir) are also co-authors, as are Nowlan group collaborators Michelle Oyen (University of Cambridge, UK) and James Iatridis (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA).
The Developmental Biomechanics group grows again- a big welcome to postdoctoral researcher Cristian Parisi who joins us from King’s College London, and who will be continuing on Vikesh’s work on in vitro mechanostimulation of developing limbs.