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Leeds researchers team up with international partners for better osteoarthritis treatments


Led by Prof Ruth Wilcox, the iMBE at the University of Leeds will be working with The Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics based at the University of Denver (USA) on better treatments for osteoarthritis.

The £1.2m project aims to improve the outcomes of surgical treatments for osteoarthritis - a condition affecting more than eight million people in the UK and costing the NHS more than £10 billion a year. The research is intend to use personalised approaches to evaluate devices such as hip and knee replacements so they can be matched to individual patients’ needs, reducing the risk of complications.

Leading UK researchers will work with international collaborators to develop the technologies of tomorrow through 12 projects announced on the 27 December 2021.

The 12 projects are funded by a £17 million investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Partners are providing cash and in-kind contributions.

Each brings together some of the world’s leading research groups, in the UK and internationally, to catalyse cutting-edge research and develop engineering and technological applications.

Developing pioneering solutions
Science Minister George Freeman said:

From improving cancer treatment and generating clean growth to designing the communication networks of tomorrow, UK science, technology and innovation is developing pioneering solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

These 12 international projects will harness the expertise of the UK’s world-leading researchers and global collaborators, helping us accelerate our path to an innovation nation and underline our position as a science superpower.

Transforming the way we live
EPSRC Executive Chair Professor Dame Lynn Gladden said:

From better, cheaper medicines to powerful quantum computers and next-generation communications networks, these new technologies have the potential to transform the way we live.

By bringing together world-leading researchers to deliver ground-breaking science and engineering solutions, these projects will generate impact that will be felt across all of society.