Louise Jennings

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Dr Jennings is an Associate Professor of Medical Engineering in the Institute of Medical & Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds. Following a spell in industry Dr Jennings came to Leeds to study for a PhD in cardiovascular bioengineering. Her current research interests now include the area of musculoskeletal interventions in the knee; hip and knee artificial joint replacement; and cardiovascular biomechanical function. In all of these areas Dr Jennings’ interests are predominantly experimental, developing functional pre-clinical simulation and research methods that can then be applied to medical devices and interventions.

A Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Dr Jennings continues to work closely with industry, applying pre-clinical research methods to medical devices in commercial development in order to enhance their safety and reliability, with established collaborations with DePuy Synthes, Vascutek Terumo, Invibio, Mathys Medical, and Biocomposites Ltd.  Dr Jennings also works closely with Simulation Solutions to develop the next generation of physical hip and knee joint wear simulators.

Current projects include developing simulation methods that better reflect the wide range of patient and surgical variables that are observed clinically, in order to enhance the safety and reliability of joint replacements; and developing experimental simulation methods for earlier musculoskeletal interventions in the knee and patella.

Dr Jennings chairs the ISO committee for Bone and Joint Replacements and is convenor of the ‘Wear’ working group, progressing international standards from conception through to publication.