Office Bearers

President – A/Prof Nathan Pavlos

Associate Professor and Head, Bone Biology and Disease Laboratory, The University of Western Australia (Perth, UWA)

Tel: +61 (08) 6457 2085

A/Prof Pavlos completed his PhD (UWA) in 2005 and post-doctoral training at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry as an NHMRC CJ Martin Fellow (2007-2010). His research program focuses on the cellular and molecular pathogenesis of bone diseases with a particular interest in bone-digesting osteoclasts. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (FASBMR Class of 2020) and a passionate advocate for musculoskeletal research, having served extensively both on the Executive and Council for ANZORS (2012-2018, Treasurer) and ANZBMS (since 2013, Member, Research and POC Chair and Treasurer).

Secretary – Dr Martina Barzan

Research Fellow, Griffith Centre of Biomedical & Rehabilitation Engineering, Griffith University (Brisbane, QLD)

Tel: +61 (07) 730 697 288

Martina is a bioengineer with several years of academic and clinical experience in orthopaedic biomechanics. She is currently working at the Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (Griffith University), developing personalised digital twins of children with lower limb deformities. In collaboration with several orthopaedic surgeons at the Queensland Children's Hospital and medical device companies, she uses the digital twins to inform virtual surgery planning and design personalised surgical guides. In 2019 she completed a PhD on the development of personalised knee kinematic models of children with recurrent patellar dislocation at Griffith University.

Treasurer – Dr Danč Turner

Senior Lecturer, Orthopaedic Biomechanics Research Group, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University (Sydney, NSW)

Tel: +61 (02) 9850 2754

Dr Danč Turner’s research interest is focused on the use of imaging technologies to study joint biomechanics. Working closely with clinical partners Dr Turner and her team use a combination of finite element modelling, musculoskeletal modelling, clinical research methods, gait analysis, fluoroscopic analysis, mechanical testing methods and image analysis techniques to answer questions related to joint arthroplasty, surgical reconstruction and improving orthopaedic implant design.

Immediate Past-President - A/Prof Egon Perilli (2018-2021)

Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering, The Medical Device Research Institute, College of Science & Engineering, Flinders University (Adelaide, SA)

Tel: +61 (08) 8201 3586

A/Prof Perilli's research is in 2D and 3D quantitative imaging and characterisation of bone, joints and biomaterials, combining micro-structural and material properties with those obtained from biomechanical tests and histology. The main field of research is in osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, as well as inflammatory arthritis and particle-induced osteolysis in cross-collaboration with other groups. His research involves a number of biomedical imaging techniques, in particular state of the art micro-CT, both in vitro and in vivo, of bone samples and entire bone segments such as vertebra, tibia, femur, radius, on human tissue and animal models. These techniques are used for quantitatively determining bone macro and micro-structure, density and morphometry. The mechanical strength of the bone is determined via experimental testing, for investigating the relationships between bone structural and mechanical properties.

New Zealand Representative – Dr David Musson

Senior Lecturer, The University of Auckland (Auckland, New Zealand)

Tel: +64 9 923 7514

Dr Musson has a research love of all things tendon, and supervises biological, engineering and clinical students working towards improving tendon health.

Committee Members

A/Prof David Ackland
Deputy Head,
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The University of Melbourne
I-CORS representative

A/Prof Dominic Thewlis
School of Medicine,
Faculty of health and Medical Sciences,
The University of Adelaide

Prof Hala Zreiqat
National Health and Medical Research Senior Research Fellow,
Head Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Research Unit, Faculty of Engineering,
University of Sydney

Professor Bogdan Solomon
Discipline of Orthopaedics and Trauma
The University of Adelaide

A/Prof John Costi
Medical Device Research Institute
College of Science & Engineering, Flinders University

A/Prof Justin Fernandez
Auckland Bioengineering Institute
The University of Auckland

Dr Zufu Lu
NHMRC Early Career Fellow
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
The University of Sydney

A/Prof Saulo Martelli
ARC Future Fellow, Faculty of Engineering
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Gerald Atkins
Scientific Co-Director, Head Bone Cell Biology
The University of Adelaide

Prof Jiake Xu
Winthrop Professor/Head of Molecular Laboratory, School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, The University of Western Australia

Dr Pazit Levinger
Senior Lecturer
Victoria University

Prof Peter Pivonka
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology

Prof Thor Besier
Auckland Bioengineering Institute
The University of Auckland

Prof Cory Xian
School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
University of South Australia

Dr Ramin Rohanizadeh
Senior Lecturer, Pharmaceutics
The University of Sydney

A/Prof Tania Crotti
Adelaide Medical School (AMS)/School of Biomedicine,
Leader of the Bone and Joint Osteoimmunology Laboratory, The University of Adelaide

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