Shahab Khakpour

Research group: Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology
Research subject: Patient-Specific Finite Element Analysis of Hip and Pelvic Bones Fracture
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Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT), University of Oulu.

My ongoing research is about Patient-Specific Finite Element Analysis of Hip and Pelvic Bones Fracture, focusing on low-energy acetabular and sacral fracture biomechanics. Nowadays, osteoporosis and related fractures are known as a critical health concern in developed countries where total number of hip fractures almost doubled within 10 years. Osteoporotic fractures possess a significant public health problem that is increasing due to aging population. Whereas the incidence of hip fractures has declined, the incidence of low-energy pelvic fractures is increasing significantly. The reason for this contradictory change is totally not known. Thus, more attention should be paid to understand the mechanisms behind hip and pelvic fractures and their different risk factors. Computational investigations are able to provide deep understanding of hip fracture mechanism and seem to be more cost-effective than experimental studies solely. Among computational methods, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a feasible tool for multiscale studies. Also, FEA can yield reasonable accuracy in the assessment of failure load. Whereas a novel method to automatically create personalized 3D models from standard 2D hip radiographs has been presented by MIP, more accurate results could be achieved by using direct 3D patient specific model of hip and pelvic bone geometries as well as tissue properties obtained from CT/µCT scans or tissue-level mechanical testing. Currently, MIPT has focused on biomechanical background for the controversial relationship between hip osteoarthritis and hip and acetabular fractures, as well as low-energy sacral fracture and FEA can be a fast and reliable approach to study these issues accurately. I am going to conduct this research by combining biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, medical imaging, clinical databases, and statistical and computational methods provided by university of Oulu.

I was born in Tehran, Iran. After finishing B.Sc. Mechanical engineering successfully, I decided to study M.Sc. mechanical engineering (Computational Biomechanics), whereas my M.Sc. thesis subject was about computational modelling and study of the human arterial tree by using finite element analysis. Also, I have researched and collaborated with the biomechanics team of KNT University of technology, Tehran, Iran since 2009. These researches led to publish several M.Sc. theses, articles and conferences. I have learnt application of biomechanical software such as ANSYS, Abaqus, ADINA, Materialize Mimics, Nexus 2 (motion capture analyze software) and BioSculptor (Automatic Prostheses Production) in biomechanics during my M.Sc. studies and researches in at KNT University and University of Malaya.

After conducting several biomechanical researches (Such as human arterial tree and patient-specific amputees organ fabrication and analysis) and applied industrial (FEA) projects (such as composite sandwich plans invention and exploded propone shipping tank analysis), I decided to pursue my studies at PhD level. During seeking for a suitable PhD position, I found out that I4Future is a well-designed multidisciplinary programme that can provide me a wide range of opportunities such as the state-of-the-art facilities and participating in related conferences. It would result in broadening of my knowledge and scientific horizons by learning new computational and experimental methods. I think I4Future programme can guarantee my future career as an academic researcher and present me the opportunity of perusing studies as a musculoskeletal biomechanics postdoctoral researcher. At the moment and after conducting literature reviews, I am going to design a research plan that includes collaboration with I4Future universities and private and public partner organizations and start practical steps.

Last updated: 2.3.2018

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