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Dr Anna Di Laura
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  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Dr Di Laura is an orthopaedic engineer with a background in biomedical engineering. She is the Surgical Imaging Fellow at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust  and Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL. 

She leads and supports projects related to the development and execution of software analysis for imaging studies of joint disease and reconstruction that have led to: (1) >40 journal articles that are either published or in press, (2) over 50 acceptances of abstracts to leading international conferences and (3) collaboration with over 30 co-authors, including surgeons, engineers, scientists, statisticians and students from Germany, USA, Finland, China and across the UK.

Research Themes
Research Summary
Her current research is aimed at a better understanding, through medical image computing, surgical planning and assessment of outcome, of how to improve hip function in humans; in patients with hip problems and also those with hip replacements. She works  closely and on a daily basis with orthopaedic surgeons, fellow engineers and healthcare practitioners. Her research interests focus on the translation of innovative imaging and surgical technologies from flagship research projects into clinical tools for the active management of patients.

Previous work on the forensic analysis of retrieved hip implants (metrology, synchrotron, microscopy) has contributed to the development of pathways and procedures for monitoring patients and improving implant design as well as informed European implant safety recommendations, UCL REF 2021.

Teaching Summary

MPhil/PhD. Co-supervisor (secondary supervisor, thesis committee member) to 4 UCL students working on: The effect of marathon running of the hip and knee joints; 3D CT surgical planning and PSI in primary THA; The use of 3D printed custom implants for the management of large acetabular defects; Retrieval analysis of spine, hip and knee implants.

MSc/Meng. Supervisor to 6 students : 2 awarded distinction passes, one of them won the John Scales’ prize for best dissertation of the year.

BSc/BEng. Lecturer to groups of up to 50 students on clinical aspects of Orthopaedics, clinical aspects of MSK Medicine.

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