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Orthopaedic Research Society - top study in the 'Hip' category

29 February 2016

Dr Melanie Coathup, Professor Gordon Blunn and co-authors Dr Jay Meswania and Dr Roberta Ferro de Godoy whose study ‘A Novel Ceramic Coating for Reduced Metal Ion Release in Metal-on-Metal (MoM) Hip Surgery’ has been selected as the top scored study in the ‘Hip' category at the Orthopaedic Research Society, Orlando, USA, 2016.

This work was carried out at the Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Science and in collaboration with Professor Tim Briggs and consultant radiologists Mrs Philippa Tyler and Mr Rikin Hargunani based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. The study is important as in vitro simulators failed to predict the clinical issues identified with certain designs of MoM bearings. An in vivo model was developed where the metal ion release and biological response can be measured and a novel coating was tested which prevented the wear and pathology associated with metal ion release.

Receiving this recognition is a major achievement as the prestigious Orthopaedic Research Society is comprised of a global network of leading musculoskeletal investigators and is the foremost international orthopaedic conference. The study was also carried out with and funded by the orthopaedic company ZimmerBiomet.