IEEE Winnipeg Section


EMBS Chapter Seminar



Improved Quality of Life through better Artificial Joints


Thursday, November 25th, 2010 at 3:00 PM


E2 – 365 EITC, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba


Prof. Urs Wyss, Ph.D., P. Eng.
Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Concordia Hip and Knee Institute
University of Manitoba


Musculoskeletal diseases are often associated with severe pain and can limit mobility. It will prevent patients from many types of exercise and sport, and often impairs their ability to work. Artificial hip, knee and other joints are being implanted in the tens of thousands every year in Canada to treat musculoskeletal diseases in order to improve the quality of life of patients. Most of these artificial joints perform very well for many years, but around 15% of the patients will have required revision surgery 15 years after implantation. Younger and more active patients are being treated with artificial joints, which is why it is important to continue to improve the long-term survival of well functioning artificial joints.

A few examples of clinical problems that the presenter had to work on will be discussed, to show the type of problems that can reduce the long-term survivorship of artificial joints. A better understanding of the kinematics and kinetics of important activities of daily living (ADL) will lead to further improvements of the function of artificial joints. The presenter will show results of ADL studies with subjects of different ethnic backgrounds.

The planned research to further improve artificial joints at the University of Manitoba and the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute will be briefly discussed.

Speaker Bio:

Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University until 2007 (early retirement) – the last 5 years as head of the department.

VP research for an orthopedic manufacturer 2007 – 2010.

Currently Professor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Manitoba.


Free, All are welcome.


For questions or more information contact Sherif Sherif at 474-6893.

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