Anglia Ruskin introduces new Professor of Bioengineering

Published: 22 February 2006 at 16:10

Anglia Ruskin University's Bioengineering Research Group has a new Visiting Professor working with the University's Faculty of Science and Technology's Bioengineering Research Group.

Professor Kevin Cheah, MB Chb, MSc, FRSC, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Capio Springfield and Nuffield Hospitals, has joined the University. He has worked with academics and acted as a supervisor of research students since 1996, when research into the stability and performance of total hip and knee replacements commenced in the University.

Professor Cheah has been instrumental in attracting funding for a research fellowship and research students. The group has also carried out small scale research projects with Orthopaedic Registrars investigating the factors that contribute to the loosening of prosthetic devices. He has also helped secure funding for Doctor of Philosophy studentship and already acts as a supervisor for six of Anglia Ruskin's PhD students.

As part of their study they can spend time at his side in the operating theatre in order to understand the complexities of replacing worn or damaged human joints.

Commenting on the news of the Professorship, Paul Ingle leader of Anglia Ruskin's Bioengineering Research Group, said:

"Bioengineering Research continues to expand and Professor Cheah's drive and determination has given extra momentum to the work of our group. We have now developed new expertise in the acoustics of human joints, resurfacing of the femur and wear analysis and gait analysis."

Professor Cheah is delighted and honoured to have received such a distinguished award. He said:

"I hope that Anglia Ruskin will continue to collaborate with health care providers for the mutual benefit of the community as a whole. This is a win-win situation."

Professor Cheah has developed a new method of repairing damage to the articular cartilage in the knee by implanting cultured cells into the damaged cartilage. Some cells are taken from the patient's own knee and then grown in a culture in a specialist centre so there is no issue of tissue rejection.

This work has let to new research funding from Capio Springfield hospital, given for the support a PhD student investigating the stress distribution in the cartilage after implantation.

Working closely with medical practitioners at regional hospitals and several industrial partners, including E2V, First Numerics and Shakespeare Engineering, the University offers graduate students the opportunity to conduct research leading to the awards of MPhil and PhD in diverse areas encompassing both mechanical and computational bioengineering.

The Bioengineering Research Group is now researching into gait analysis and kinetics, pressure-sore prevention and the merging of CT and MRI data in order to produce anatomically correct 3-D models of human joints. The group is equipped with a suite of software for analysing medical image data derived from MRI and CT scans, the production of 3D images of human joints and software for finite element analysis of biomechanical systems.

Anglia Ruskin University has campus locations at Chelmsford and Cambridge.