veski innovation fellow receives more funding

25 November

veski innovation fellow, Professor Marcus Pandy has received two major funding grants for 2008. The grants are in recognition of his already significant contribution to research into muscular skeletal disorders.

Professor Pandy returned from the University of Texas at Austin to take up a veski innovation fellowship in 2004 and he was appointed Head of Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Melbourne University on 1 January 2006.

His research looks at new technologies for the non-invasive assessment of Musculoskeletal Health. Now based on the success of this research he has been awarded a $350,000 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project grant to use computer models to diagnose gait disorders in children with Cerebral Palsy.

The grant will fund the research over three years. Professor Pandy has also been awarded almost $600,000 in a three year NHMRC grant to investigate osteoarthritis in the knee cap.

Professor Pandy says he will again be using his computer model to calculate the stress under the knee cap and run a clinical trial to look at the role and effectiveness of physiotherapy on joint stress. Up to 60 people are expected to take part in the research.

Both projects will begin early in 2008.

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