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My STEPS Experience: Masters in Biomedical Engineering

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From September 2012 till September 2013, I carried out a Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. I was able to accomplish the degree thanks to a STEPS scholarship that is part financed by the European Social Fund.

The course was a taught course and it had four streams. I chose the Biomechanics stream. There were various modules covering the vast field of Biomedical Engineering. These included the application of engineering principles to the human body on a macroscopic level, bones and muscles, as well as at cellular level. Other modules involved various biomaterial and their interaction and effect on the human body. The course also covered a number of medical devices including everything from imaging technologies, to surgical tools and implants.

My thesis was titled: “Design and Development of a Novel Implant for Lower Limb Trans-diaphysial amputations”, and was supervised by Professor Anthony Bull. The thesis was carried out in a group consisting of Darshan Shah, Rushil Patel and myself. We each tackled different aspects of it, my focus was on a femoral implant.

Current amputation procedures result in the residual lower limb bones not being subjected to natural loading conditions. Instead, the prosthesis transfers the load through the soft tissues to the hip, which causes a number of problems such as pain and skin irritations. The idea of this project was to design and study the feasibility of an implant that would mimic the natural load transfer through the bone. The design was based on a finite element study of the load transfer through the bone, as well as a number of surgical and rehabilitation parameters.

I was awarded the degree of “Master of Science with Merit in Biomedical Engineering” on the 1st of November 2013.

I would like to thank all the people who helped and supported me throughout the year. It was an invaluable learning experience.

 

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