prof. dr. ir. Nico Verdonschot
About Nico VerdonschotProfessor Nico Verdonschot's research interests are focused on orthopaedic-biomechanical problems of the lower extremity. Utilizing computer modeling techniques in combination with cadaveric testing, animal research and clinical studies his group tries to optimize diagnostic and evaluation tools for orthopaedic patients. Verdonschot works with researchers and orthopaedic companies to optimize the functionality and longevity of orthopedic implants such as knee and hip prostheses. Furthermore, he focuses on the calculation of bone strength for patients that have osteoporosis or metastatic lesions.
Verdonschot is running a large European project (TLEMsafe) to predict functional outcome of patients requiring severely musculoskeletal surgery (due to a tumor or revision surgery).
In December 2012 Verdonschot was awarded a 'European Research Council - Advanced Grant' for follow up research. His group is currently expanding their modeling efforts to generate patient specific models and feed these models with innovative dynamic imaging techniques (ERC BioMechTools).
Verdonschot got his mechanical engineering degree in 1989 at the University of Twente. Thereafter he moved to the Radboud University Medical Centre where he started his PhD studies at the Orthopaedic Research laboratory led by Prof. Rik Huiskes. He got his PhD degree in 1995 and is now leading the Biomechanics group. He also has a position at the University of Twente where he is doing research mostly focusing on musculoskeletal modeling.
- 1976-1983 Secondary school (Atheneum, Marcus College, Grootebroek)
- 1983-1989 University (Mechanical Engineering, University of Twente)
- 1995 PhD (Catholic University Nijmegen). Promotor: Prof. ir. H.W.J. Huiskes. Title thesis: Biomechanical failure scenarios for cemented total hip replacement.
Personal prizes & awards
- 2014: Winners of the '5th Grand Challenge Competition to Predict In Vivo Knee Loads', awarded during the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, July 6-11, 2014, Boston, Massachusetts USA.
- 2012 December: 'European Research Council - Advanced Grant' (2.45 million euro) for 'Biomechanical Diagnostic, Pre-Planning and Outcome Tools to improve Musculoskeletal Surgery'
- Member of the editorial board of Bone and Joint Journal (2009-?).
- Editor of Hip International (Biomechanics part) (2011-?).
- Board member of the scientific advisory board for the national registration of orthopedic implants (2011-?).
- Consultant for orthopedic companies Invibio and Exactec (2014-?).
- Former chairman of the European Orthopedic Research Society.
- Former chairman of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty.