Dr. Tom Joyce's research group, is undertaking a really interesting project. While the New England Jrnl of Medicine has branded the ASR recall a "public health nightmare", the needs and concerns of the patients and their families are often not heard or taken into account.
Taking a patient-centered approach, this group has been funded to document and report patient experiences, expectations and concerns in order to expand the discourse around this Depuy hip and other hip replacements and revision.
They are starting with a survey that I took myself to kick this project off and Dr. Joyce's group would really like to get more participants involved. (For those of you who read this blog, you might recall that Dr. Joyce's lab performed the metal analysis on my revised hip explant.)
Can you take 10 minutes to complete the survey? The results are being collected by New Castle University in England (which is where Dr. Joyce and his colleagues reside) and all surveys are anonymous. The questionnaire can be found here:
Dr. Thomas J Joyce, Dr. Matthias Wienroth, Dr. Pauline McCormack
Newcastle University, England.
Their project was funded to do the following:
- Record and document patients' experiences with failed hip replacements
- Support the patients in the North East of England in developing links with other stakeholders in the UK, Europe and the world.
- Bring together engineers and industry representatives with patients to discuss the 'lessons learned' from ASR.
- website and twitter
- public talks and Q and A events
- a dedicated patient centered workshop
Who is Dr. Tom Joyce?
Tom Joyce is a biomedical engineer specialising in the design, testing, analysis and evaluation of artificial joints including hips, knees, shoulders and fingers. He works extensively with industry and clinicians in order to inform and improve future designs of artificial joints. As a professional engineer he takes an interest in patient experiences with joint replacements, particularly where these fail in-vivo.
He takes a holistic approach to engineering, feeding his research into teaching and supervision of students. He undertakes and oversees research into engineering pedagogy and has published in this area.
QualificationsPhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Durham, UK
MSc (Eng) Tribology in Machine Design, University of Leeds, UK
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK
Previous PositionsLecturer in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Galway, Ireland. 2004-2005
Senior Research Associate, School of Engineering, University of Durham. 1997-2004
Action Research Training Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Durham. 1993-1996
MembershipsFellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chartered Engineer
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the British Orthopaedic Research Society
Member of the UK Society for Biomaterials
Honours and Awards2011: National Teaching Fellowship
2010: Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award.
2009: “Serum Cobalt Concentrations Post Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty: Analysis of 585 Results” by D J Langton, S S Jameson, T J Joyce, K de Smet, and A V N Nargol. Prize awarded for this paper at the London Hip Meeting.
2009: BORS/ORS Travelling Fellowship allowed Tom to attend the ORS and AAOS meetings in Las Vegas before visiting five leading US orthopaedic research centres and showcase his research at these venues.
2008-09: ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching award.
2008: Pulvertaft Prize awarded by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand.
You can also see some BBC interviews with Dr. Joyce and his colleagues in this post which I published a few months ago. The interviews may or may not still be up on the BBC site but you can try: