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Elvis Kwabena Danso
Ph.D.


Post-doctoral researcher


Biomechanics of meniscus

Personal information

  • Phone: +358 50 523 0329
  • Room: Me/331
  • Email: elvis.danso [at] uef.fi (please fix the address before mailing!)

  • Current position: Post doctoral researcher, University of Eastern Finland

  • Previous position: Junior researcher, University of Eastern Finland, February 2012 - September 2016

  • Current research interests:
    • Biomechanical characterization of soft tissues (meniscus, ligaments, articular cartilage)
    • Structure-function relationships of normal and degraded meniscus
    • Finite element modelling of meniscus

  • Education:
    • Ph.D., 2016 (Applied Physics), University of Eastern Finland
    • M.Sc., 2011 (Medical Physics), University of Eastern Finland
    • B.Sc., 2007 (Physics), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

  • Important foreign visit:
    • Department of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, March - May 2014

  • Language proficiency:
    • English, fluent
    • Finnish, basics

  • Membership in professional organizations:

  • Skills:
    • Biomechanical testing of soft tissues
    • Matlab, Abaqus

  • Awards:
    • Best oral presentation award from the Finnish Society of Medical Physics & Engineering, February 2015.

  • Reviews for Scientific Journals:
    • Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
    • Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
    • Annals of Sports Medicine and Research

  • Hobbies: Football, Table Tennis

Publications:

(full papers, conference proceedings)
  1. Danso EK, Julkunen P and Korhonen RK. Poisson's ratio of bovine meniscus determined combining unconfined and confined compression. J Biomech. 2018 Aug 22;77:233-237. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.07.001. Epub 2018

  2. Ala-Myllymaki J, Danso EK, Honkanen JTJ, Korhonen RK, Toyras J and Afara IO. Optical spectroscopic characterization of human meniscus biomechanical properties. J Biomed Opt. 2017 Dec;22(12):1-10. doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.22.12.125008.

  3. Viren T, Honkanen JT, Danso EK, Rieppo L, Korhonen RK and Toyras J. Ultrasound Assessment of Human Meniscus. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2017 Sep;43(9):1753-1763. doi:

  4. Danso EK, Oinas JMT, Saarakkala S, Mikkonen S, Toyras J and Korhonen RK. Structure-function relationships of human meniscus. J Mech Behav Biomed Mater. 2017 Mar;67:51-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2016.12.002.

  5. Honkanen JT, Danso EK, Suomalainen JS, Tiitu V, Korhonen RK, Jurvelin JS and Toyras J. Contrast enhanced imaging of human meniscus using cone beam CT. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Aug;23(8):1367-76. doi:

  6. Danso EK, Makela JT, Tanska P, Mononen ME, Honkanen JT, Jurvelin JS, Toyras J, Julkunen P and Korhonen RK. Characterization of site-specific biomechanical properties of human meniscus-Importance of collagen and fluid on mechanical nonlinearities. J Biomech. 2015 Jun 1;48(8):1499-507. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.01.048. Epub

  7. Danso EK, Honkanen JT, Saarakkala S and Korhonen RK. Comparison of nonlinear mechanical properties of bovine articular cartilage and meniscus. J Biomech. 2014 Jan 3;47(1):200-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.09.015. Epub 2013

Under review:

  1. Danso Ek, Oinas JMT, Saarakkala S, Mikkonen S, Töyräs J, Korhonen RK. Structure-function relationships of human knee meniscus.
  2. Ala-Myllymäki J, Danso EK, Honkanen JTJ, Korhonen RK, Töyräs J, Afara, IO. Optical spectroscopic characterization of human meniscus biomechanical properties. Submitted to Journal of the Mechanical Behaviour of Biomedical materials
  3. Viren T, Honakanen JTJ, Danso EK, Rieppo L, Korhonen RK, Töyräs J. Ultrasound assessment of human meniscus.

Conference Proceedings:

  1. Podium Presentation: Danso Ek, Saarakkala S, Töyräs J, Korhonen RK. Site-specific Variation in the Structural Molecules of Human Meniscus - Relationship with Mechanical Properties. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Orlando, FL, USA, 62:243, March 2016.
  2. Podium Presentation: Danso EK, Mäkelä JTA, Tanska P, Mononen ME, Honkanen JTJ, Jurvelin JS, Töyräs J, Julkunen P, Korhonen RK. Characterization of Site-Specific Biomechanical Properties of Human Meniscus - Importance of Collagen and Fluid on Mechanical Nonlinearities. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, March 2015.
  3. Danso Ek, Honkanen JTJ, Jurvelin JS, Töyräs J, Korhonen RK. Site-Specific Characterization of Mechanical Properties of Human Knee Meniscus by indentation testing. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, USA, 2014.
  4. Afara IO, Honkanen JTJ, Danso EK, Korhonen RK, Jurvelin JS, Töyräs J, Determining the Composition of Human Meniscus using Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Transactions of the Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2015.

Contact: +358 29 4451111 (Switch), email: bbc-l [at] lists.uef.fi