From hip replacements in space to how new technologies are already improving outcomes for patients, the inaugural lecture by BU Professor of Orthopaedics Rob Middleton covered a broad range of topics.
Professor Middleton also heads up the Orthopaedic Research Institute at BU, which specialises in cutting edge research into the prevention and treatment of Osteoarthritis of the hip.
Attendees also had the chance to see for themselves the state-of-the-art technology being used by the institute – including virtual reality surgical simulators.
Professor Middleton said: “Often the things that go on at universities are exciting but no-one else knows about them, and I think Bournemouth University’s plan of interacting with the public, allowing anyone who lives locally to come – whether they’ve been involved in the university or not – is very important.
“We’re discussing things that may affect them or their families, they can see the future and also see what BU is really doing to help them as well.”
An orthopaedic surgeon with more than 20 years’ experience in the field of robotic surgery, Professor Middleton spoke about the impact that technology has already had on surgical techniques and patient care.
He also discussed the potential need for hip operations to be performed in space on astronauts unable to return to earth for surgery.
“It’s not as far flung as one would have thought,” explained Rob. “It’s something we will have to develop but the key thing is that the technologies that we used to have a hip replacement in space will be applicable for use down here on Earth and we should be able to get better results for those who stay on Earth as well as being able to offer the astronauts something for them when they have problems.”
This was the latest in BU’s series of free public inaugural lectures, giving newly-appointed professors the chance to share their knowledge, research and expertise.
The next event - Secrets of Storytelling in documentaries, movies, and games - will be given by Professor Kerstin Stuttenheim at Poole Lighthouse on Tuesday 9th May.
For more information, and to book tickets, visit the Inaugural Lecture Series web pages.