• 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

4,853 enrolled on this course

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  • Introductory level

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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.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are the possible medical treatments for joint degeneration?
  • Which joints can be replaced and how?
  • The materials used for orthopaedic joints and how we ensure they are bio-compatible.
  • The production and testing process for an artificial joint replacement.
  • What is regenerative medicine and how does it work?
  • How are biological scaffolds produced and what materials are they made from?
  • Requirements for testing biological scaffolds and regulations which need to be followed.
  • The future of regenerative medicine and technology.

Who is this accredited by?

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

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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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