• University of Leeds

MedTech: Orthopaedic Implants and Regenerative Medicine

Explore regenerative medicine and learn how MedTech is revolutionising orthopaedics.

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MedTech: Orthopaedic Implants and Regenerative Medicine
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study5 hours
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This course is part of the Medical Technology Futures program, which will enable you to explore cutting edge innovations, developments, and technologies in the field of MedTech..

Explore the future of orthopaedics and developments in regenerative medicine

On this course, you will learn about the MedTech currently used in orthopaedics, and explore how the benefits of regenerative medicine will affect the future of this technology.

You will consider the design and development process of orthopaedic implants, and understand current medical regulations. You will also explore regenerative therapies and the regulatory framework that ensures the technology will benefit patients.

You will learn how stem cells are used for tissue engineering and explore how this technology allows human joint regeneration to occur before a joint needs to be replaced.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds We can repair and replace a wide range of joints within the human body. But what if we could regenerate the human joints before they get so damaged that they need to get replaced? This is the promise of the new field of regenerative medicine. In this course, you will explore the development of new regenerative therapies, as well as how artificial replacement joints are designed to help patients stay active. With an ageing population, and the number of people living with chronic diseases also increasing, it is important to help people to remain healthy for longer. This also reduces costs to healthcare providers in the long term.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 seconds Meet some key players in the field of regenerative medicine and hear from patients about their experiences of joint replacement and regenerative therapies. Discover the expertise and work taking place at the University of Leeds.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 seconds Join us on Medtech: Orthopaedic Implants and Regenerative Medicine today.


  • Week 1

    Exploring orthopaedic joint replacement technologies

    • Welcome

      In the first week of this course, you will explore how orthopaedic implants are used to repair damaged joints.

    • MedTech solutions for damaged joints

      In this activity, you will learn about the kinds of joint damage which MedTech products can be used to treat, and you will meet two patients, Dana and Seth, whose treatment journeys you will follow throughout the course.

    • Designing orthopaedic implants

      In this activity, you will follow Dana as she progresses down a treatment pathway to full or total joint replacement. You will explore the different features of orthopaedic implants.

    • Creating orthopaedic implants

      In this activity, you will explore how orthopaedic implants are made, and the standards they need to conform to. You will also learn how they are tested and regulated.

    • Revision

      This revision activity is optional and is designed for those signed up for the MedTech Futures program.

    • Summary

      This section provides a summary of key points from the week to enable learners to review and look back on any material they need.

  • Week 2

    Regenerative Technologies

    • About Week 2

      This week, you will learn about regenerative technologies and explore how these are applied in real life. You’ll also consider the uses of biological scaffolds and the materials they are made from.

    • Designing regenerative implants

      In this activity, you follow Seth as he progresses towards receiving a regenerative tissue implant. You will explore why this is the most appropriate course of action for him and consider how his implant will be designed.

    • Tissue engineering

      In this activity, you look at the processes involved in creating biological scaffolds for use in regenerative healthcare. You’ll also explore different structures and materials which can be used to create scaffolds.

    • Benefits and challenges of regenerative technology

      In this activity you will explore the benefits and challenges of regenerative technology by considering a patient’s perspective and writing an assignment.

    • Revision

      This revision activity provides further opportunity for you to explore the topics covered this week. It is recommended you complete this activity if you have signed up for the program and are working towards academic credit.

    • Summary

      Here there is an opportunity for you to test your understanding and find out more about the other courses in the program.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

This course has been accredited by the CPD Certification Service, which means it can be used to provide evidence of your continuing professional development.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the materials used to create implants, their qualities and rationale for their use.
  • Describe the manufacturing process of regenerative bio-materials and orthopaedic implants.
  • Explore the regulatory frameworks and bodies who oversee this area of MedTech.
  • Evaluate the merits and challenges in the use of regenerative tissue against the use of orthopaedic implants.
  • Describe how regenerative tissue technologies could impact on anticipated future demands for improved healthcare.

Who is the course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in MedTech and product design.

The course will be of particular interest to undergraduate students studying engineering, product design, and disciplines related to healthcare, and professionals working in the healthcare sector in a medical capacity or as MedTech designers.

If you are interested in MedTech and regenerative medicine, join this course and discover the fascinating work taking place at the University of Leeds.

Who will you learn with?

I'm a University Academic Fellow in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, University of Leeds. My research looks at designing and testing interventions (such as joint replacement)

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.


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