Dr Jay Meswania

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1. Can you tell us a bit about your role within the Institute?

Dr Jay Meswania

My role as a Senior Research Fellow is a technical one. I have been working in the institute of orthopaedics for over 40 years and my role, as a senior research fellow in bioengineering is to design, develop and test orthopaedic implants. Recently I have played a major role in formulating, implementing and managing metrology inspection of retrieved hip implants This project investigates the wear mechanisms associated with bearing surfaces and modular taper junctions. I also oversee a test laboratory for research and development where pre-clinical testing of implants is carried out.  .

2. As a result of your work, what differences are made?

The work done by myself and others at John Scales Centre for Biomedical Engineering has had huge implications in the field of orthopaedics and has influenced many implant designs. My first major project in the 1970’s was to develop hip simulators, which replicated the motion and loads of a hip joint and was used to measure the wear of these implants pre-clinically. This was carried with a grant from the Department of Health and lasted 10 years. Throughout my career I have been involved in the development of segmental replacements for treating bone cancers leading to many innovations, which has increased the success of these implants.

I have been part of the design team and have implemented the development of an award winning Non-Invasive Growing Prostheses for treating bone cancers in children. This prosthesis allows the implant to grow so that the length of the operated limb is not affected by the surgery. My ability to understand bio- engineering associated with implant design has influenced and enabled the formation of a spin out company from UCL called Stanmore Implants Worldwide which is now a successful independent orthopaedic implant company. Currently I am involved in the development of orthopaedic implants for veterinary use and I work closely with a vet called Noel Fitzpatrick. Through this collaboration many of my designs to which have been used to treat animals have had widespread media coverage.   

3. What is a typical day for you?

The daily activities revolve around: Designing implants for animal and human here at BME; overseeing day-to-day activities of the manufacturing, metrology inspection and the test laboratory; programming, evaluating data generated from the metrology inspection of retrieved implants and preparing reports.

On a daily basis I assist students and technicians in test labs, helping with student projects and experimental work.

4. What have been the highlights of your last 12 months?

The establishment of wear measurement protocol on the retrieved implants for the London Implant Retrieval Centre (LIRC) project has been the major achievement this year along with, working with a leading Veterinarian Surgeon, some of the most complex bone replacement cases for animal treatment. 

5. What plans do you have for the next 12 months?

Continue with the current projects where some of the work is envisaged for at least the next two years. I am glad to say that there are no plans for retirement yet!

6. If you were not a Senior Research Fellow for UCL, what would your ideal job be?

I would probably be working in an R&D/management role somewhere in the Orthopaedic field.

7. Who is the person you admire most and why?

Sir John Harvey Jones, former Head of ICI – because he had the ability to make big things happen and was the driving force behind this incredibly successful company. 

8. How do you relax?

I have a philosophical approach to work in that I try not to let the challenges that my job brings, result in stress or upset. I approach everything realistically and methodically, this enables me to keep a calm outlook.

I find DIY very therapeutic and enjoy the many big and small tasks around the house.
I could not do the work or be the person I am without the continued support of my wife and family, they are my main driving force and inspiration.

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