Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia Biennial Conference

Last week the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia (SESA) held its Biennial Conference at the Hyatt Regency Sydney. The ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics Members and Network had the chance to attend the conference in person.

This was the first time that SESA opened the conference up to non-clinical researchers which was an amazing opportunity for our students Max Lavaill, Yilan Zhang, Hossein Ahmadi, and post-doc Wolbert van den Hoorn to network with industry and hear first-hand all the challenges facing shoulder surgeons.

Over the three days of the SESA  conference, attendees had the chance to hear presentations from our Centre’s Network. It was wonderful to see our biomechanical studies on stage at a clinical meeting and to participate in the discussion.

Read below to hear about our students experience and what they gained from attending the conference.

Hossein Ahmadi, PhD student

“I had a fantastic time at the Shoulder & Elbow Society Biennial meeting, the most relevant shoulder-focused clinical meeting in Australia. The conference was unique as it was rare that this clinically focused conference was open to non-clinical researchers. Engaging with clinicians, academics, and industry partners was incredible. The presentations and discussions were impressive, mainly covering the shoulder surgeons’ first-hand challenges to improve patient outcomes. I had exciting discussions with surgeons, industry partners, and some colleagues from QUT. The conference was also an excellent opportunity for me to better understand the gap between academia and clinical research. Finally, I would like to congrats the ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics, QUASR, and akunah members for their solid efforts and incredible teamwork”




Yilan Zhang, PhD student

“Had an amazing experience to attend the Biennial Congress of the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia (SESA) in Sydney – first in-person conference post COVID! It was great to catch up with QLD colleagues from QUASR and ITTC team.

The four-day conference was packed full of inspirational and driven group of surgeons and engineers, discussing the current thinking, tech, and advancement in shoulders – not to mention all the lovely conversations had during lunch and conference dinner, and over coffee. I also appreciate the chance to talk with multiple amazing companies in industry (e.g., Stryker, Zimmer Biomet and Materialise). 

It seems an obsession of trying to implement our research findings in clinical practice or commercialise research outputs without understanding the real obstacles and appeals of clinicians and industries. This meeting helps bridge the gap between research and practice. It makes me aware of the need for accurate and personalised computational modelling in pre-operative planning and post-operative care for shoulder surgeries, and how to make research outputs useable in practice settings.”


Max Lavaill, PhD student

“I was truly grateful being able to attend the Biennial Congress of the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia. Especially as it was the first congress where the society allowed academics and PhD students in. It is essential to reduce the gap between academic research and clinics.

I was personally amazed by the quality of the shoulder and elbow research happening in Australia. Particularly, I learnt a lot about clinical complications following a Latarjet procedure and reverse shoulder arthroplasties, and I leave this congress with new ideas on how computational modelling could be used to better understand what is actually happening after an operation and avoid these issues.

During my trip, I could liaise with surgeons and bring them closer to my poster to start fruitful conversations, talk with our industry partners (Zimmer Biomet and Materialise) and finally get to meet and laugh with other PhD students from the centre who are based in Sydney.

Last but not least, it’s wonderful to finally being able to travel interstate, enjoy the beautiful city of Sydney and do extra activities with colleagues.”

Australia & New Zealand Society of Biomechanics – ABC 12 Conference

Thank you to everyone at the Australian New Zealand Society of Biomechanics (ANZSB) and everyone involved in the organisation of the 12th Australasian Biomechanics Conference (ABC12). 

Well done to the seven team members from the ARC Training Centre for Joint Biomechanics who took to the (virtual) stage to present, including:

  • Dr. Hoa Hoang  presented his work on femoral mechanics together with A/Prof.
  • Saulo Martelli 
  • Marco Giuseppe Branni presented on the mechanical properties of the whole human femur 
  • Dr. Edmund Pickering presented a poster on trabecular bone adaptation in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis 
  •  Dr. Bart Bolsterlee – presented on deep learning methods for automated measurement of lower leg muscle volumes from MRI scans of children with and without cerebral palsy
  • Yilan (Olivia) Zhan – presented on the reconstruction of human subscapularis muscle architecture in vivo using diffusion tensor imaging.
  • Maxence Lavaill – presented on statistical simulation of shoulder kinematics : a montecarlo approach.



A big thank you as well to our team members who contributed to the scientific program throughout the conference:  

  • Outgoing President of ANZSB Prof. Peter Pivonka who gave the opening address on Day 1 
  • Scientific session chairs: Prof.  Peter Pivonka and Dr.  Bart Bolsterlee 
  • Prof Rob Herbert giving the Day 1 closing remarks 
  • Industry partner of our Centre, Logemas, hosted the QLD based viewing of the conference on Day 2 and a networking event. 

It was such a shame we couldn’t all be in Adelaide to attend the conference in person, however, we were very fortunate to have the ABC12 ANZSB community in QLD watch the conference together. A massive thank you to The University of Queensland‘s School of Human Movement Science for hosting day one and to Logemas for hosting day two of the ABC12 ANZSB Conference. 

The Centre was proud to sponsor the People’s Choice Best Presentation Award – a huge congraluations to Daniel Devaprakash. 

We are very excited to be a part of the organising committee for the next ANZSB conference – ABC13 – to be held in Brisbane in December 2022. Stay tuned for more updates on the conference proceedings!


Program 2 Welcomes Minister for Science & Youth – Hon. Meaghan Scanlon MP

Last week our surgical robotics team from Program 2 welcomed Hon. Meaghan Scanlon MP, Minister for Science and Youth, to QUT and gave an overview of some of the Centre’s research. 

Dr Jing Peng, Morgan Windsor and Prof Michael Milford shared insights into the development of new robotics systems for orthopedic surgery applications. They got to demo the new visual localization-based k-wire placement techniques, where our robot can repeatedly and reliably position the wire into a scapula model correctly. 

The project team also includes Centre Deputy Director, Prof Peter Pivonka and Program 2 Lead, A/Prof Saulo Martelli as well as our expert clinical team members Dr’s Ashish Gupta and Ken Cutbush.  


Centre for Biomedical Technology Inaugural Conference

Last week the QUT Centre for Biomedical Technology hosted its inaugural conference.  

Centre Director, Prof YuanTong Gu was joined by Deputy Director, Peter Pivonka, Program Lead Associate Professor Saulo Martelli and PhD student Max Lavaill to present the Centre’s work.  

The Centre for Biomedical Technologies aims to deliver better health in our lifetime, by improving how we treat complex medical cases stemming from injuries, infection, and age-related issues.  

Although the conference was focused on advancements and research in biomedical technologies Prof Gu was given the opportunity to give an overview of the Centre’s goals, objectives, and achievements to date. Professor Pivonka introduced the research programs, projects, and scientific progress. Associate Professor Martelli gave a talk on the damage tolerance and toughness of elderly human femora and Max Lavaill presented on his project titled: Statistical simulation of shoulder kinematics: A Monte-Carlo approach.  

Poster presentations from our Centre Network were also featured including: 

  •  A Biomechanical Analysis of Latarjet Coracoid Fixation Constructs – Brandon Ziegenfuss 
  • Modelling Bone Adaptation in Mice Using Beam Theory – Corey Miller 
  • Statistical Shape Model Reconstruction and Analysis in Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty – Nicholas Green 

The conference featured some excellent keynote speakers from industry, including Prof. Mark Kendall – Founder of WearOptimo, and Dr Robyn Stokes, CEO of Bionics Queensland, who generously shared their insights on innovation and impact.  

Stryker Research and Development (R&D) – Hub Announcement

We are very excited to share that Stryker, a key industry partner for our Centre, has announced they will establish a Research and Development lab in Queensland, building on their existing partnerships with researchers, universities and hospitals. Our Centre’s team and research are closely aligned to the Digital, Robotics and Enabling technologies organisation of Stryker internationally and with the Stryker South Pacific team who have partnered with the Queensland State Government, two of our Centre’s leading academic organisations: University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology. 

“We recognise engineering technology and robotics will drive key changes in medicine in the next few decades and we look forward to the continued opportunities our researchers will have in working on real-world projects with Stryker as a partner.” – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Christopher Barner-Kowollik (source: 

The opening of a research facility in Brisbane presents a fantastic opportunity for our researchers to collaborate with industry to “drive the transformation of research into viable, commercially available precision medical device technology.” 

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