It is a doctoral training programme aimed at Bioengineering early stage researchers, to train bioengineers to be in a position to design the next generation of repair materials and techniques for spine surgery. SPINNER brings together partners from the biomaterials (Finceramica), implantable devices (Aesculap), and computational modelling (Ansys, Adagos) industries with orthopaedic clinicians (National Centre for Spinal Disorders, NCSD) and academic experts in cell, tissue and organ scale biomaterials and medical device testing (Universities of Sheffield and Bologna).
One Key SPINNER objective is making of Integrated, user-friendly, in silico models of the mechanics of damaged and reconstructed spinal segments that can be used for predictive design, patient specific analysis and surgical navigation.
With our RBF Morph ACT Extension, we contribute to the development of the medical digital twin. Thanks to mesh morphing the FEA model of the vertebra and the parametric shape of the implanted screws can be squeezed into a reduced-order models (ROM) that allows real time interaction thus enabling a precise and accurate positioning and dimensioning of the correction.