Bone injuries represent a high cost for the European health system, requiring corrective surgery to fix the bones. Traditionally, their treatment relies on classical orthopaedic techniques but, nowadays, it is possible to design and fabricate custom-made implants. Thanks to the current advance in image-based technologies, the reconstruction of models that are exact copies of patient specific bones is possible. Although this methodology is appropriate for preoperative surgical planning, it presents a low impact for quantitatively determine the effectiveness of different treatments on bone regeneration and, consequently, the patient recovery.
CuraBone aims to bridge this gap, integrating and extending numerical simulation technologies based on image analysis to achieve a predictive methodology, to optimize patient-specific treatment of bone injuries and rehabilitation therapies. Therefore, CuraBone will focus on the establishment of a currently non-existent, but essential multi-validation platform at different scale levels for the creation of bone models.
Hence, CURABONE will not only develop patient-specific musculoskeletal modelling based on FEA and bone adaptive algorithms, but will also bring a step-forward to validate these models at different scales together with supervision of different orthopaedic hospitals expert on bone injuries. This step forward in bone healing research serves CuraBone team to develop a European Industrial Doctorate (EID) that allows five young researchers to work together with professionals from universities, companies and hospitals, and achieved a PhD.
An EID project consists of a doctorate programme where 5 selected young researchers participate in a joint academic and industrial training to pursue their thesis. The selected researchers in CuraBone will be exposed to different research environments from companies and universities to hospitals and will be guided through an innovative and customized training to achieve the project scientific goals. The aim is for these young researchers to become top skilled professionals and the next generation of researchers that responds to public and private needs.