Study level

  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor Saulo Martelli
Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Dr Edmund Pickering
Research Fellow in Biomedical Technologies
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Professor Peter Pivonka
Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering

External supervisors

  • Ashish Gupta


In 2020, 46,919 total shoulder replacement (TSR) procedures were conducted in Australia, a 17% increase on the previous year. At 10 years post-operation, 12.3% will require revision, with 17.3% of revisions due to implant loosening. This is a significant load on the Australian healthcare system.

To reduce the risk of implant loosening, surgeons propose different techniques for attaching the glenosphere (implant) to the glenoid (bone). Limited data is present however on the impact of these different techniques, if they reduce loosening, and if one technique is superior to another. In this research project, we seek to answer these questions.

Research activities

In this project, you will be a member of the Queensland Unit for Advanced Shoulder Research (QUASR). We are exploring different implants and techniques in simulant bones.

In this project, you will conduct a study on the stability of two different implant techniques. This will involve mechanical testing in the medical research lab (QUT O block). Testing follow ASTM F2028 - 17.


The primary outcomes of this work will be a report and analysis of the stability of different techniques and implants. The data from this work will be published in a scientific research paper, of which you will be included as an author.

Skills and experience

We are looking for eager medical/mechanical engineers who are interested in mechanical testing and implants. We will support you in this project and ensure you reach the desired goals.



Contact Edmund Pickering for more information.