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BBC hits TOMCAT

First synchrotron measurements in the Academy of Finland funded Contrast Enhanced Computed Tomography project, headed by Prof. Juha Töyräs, are starting at Paul Scherrer Institut, TOMCAT beamline in Switzerland! Cartilage samples and contrast agents are set up and ready for some serious imaging. BBC assigned Annina Saukko, Miitu Korhonen and Mikael Turunen for the task.
15.10.2017, 11:19


Doctoral dissertation, Lasse Räsänen

M.Sc. Lasse Räsänen had his public examination of his thesis Functional MR imaging and biomechanical modeling of the knee on Saturday 11. June 2016 in Snellmania auditorium Sn201 in Kuopio campus. Associate Professor Corey P. Neu from Unversity of Colorado Boulder, Boulder CO, acted as the opponent. The custos was Associate Professor Rami Korhonen from University of Eastern Finland.
15.6.2016, 12:07


Doctoral dissertation, Roope Lasanen

M.Sc. Roope Lasanen successfully defended his doctoral thesis Infrared thermography in the evaluation of skin temperature: Applications in musculoskeletal conditions on Friday 9 October 2015 in auditorium SN201, Snellmania building of University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Associate Professor Arcangelo Merla from University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Professor Juha Töyräs from University of Eastern Finland.
13.10.2015, 8:37


Doctoral dissertation, Kimmo Halonen

M.Sc. Kimmo Halonen successfully defended his doctoral thesis Validation and application of computational knee joint models: Finite element modeling analysis on Friday 2 October 2015 in auditorium SN201, Snellmania building of University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Assistant Professor Ahmet Erdemir from Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, United States, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Associate Professor Rami Korhonen from University of Eastern Finland.
13.10.2015, 8:34


Doctoral dissertation, Jukka Liukkonen

M.Sc. Jukka Liukkonen successfully defended his doctoral thesis Ultrasound Arthroscopy of Articular Cartilage and Subchondral Bone: Clinical and Numerical Studies on Saturday 9 May 2015 in auditorium MD100, Mediteknia building of University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Professor Stuart Foster from University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Professor Juha Töyräs from University of Eastern Finland.

11.5.2015, 15:49


Doctoral dissertation, Jari Rautiainen

M.Sc. (Tech.) Jari Rautiainen successfully defended his doctoral thesis Novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques for articular cartilage and subchondral bone - Studies on MRI relaxometry and short echo time imaging on Friday 20 March 2015 in auditorium MD100, Mediteknia building of University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Associate Professor Bernard J. Dardzinski from Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, acted as the opponent. The custodian was Professor Miika Nieminen from University of Oulu.

Photos from the public defense and party.

2.4.2015, 15:06


BBC hits ORS

The strong participation of the BBC-group in the Annual meeting of orthopaedic research (ORS) continues also this year with 1 oral presentation and over 10 high quality poster presentations. The heading is towards Las Vegas, NV, and the over 20 hour travelling provides plenty of time to gear up for the intensive conference program. As always, interesting and inspiring discussions are expected!
25.3.2015, 13:40


Doctoral dissertation, Jarkko Iivarinen

M.Sc. Jarkko Iivarinen had his public examination of his thesis Diagnostics of human forearm soft tissues using indentation and suction measurements - Experimental and modeling analysis on Friday 27. June 2014 in Snellmania auditorium L22 in Kuopio Kampus. Professor Arthur F.T. Mak from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, acted as the opponent. Dean Jukka Jurvelin, was appointed as the custos of the dissertation.

More information in Finnish.

Images from the dissertation and Karonkka party.

Downloadable PDF version of the thesis.

23.6.2014, 16:20


Doctoral dissertation, Yevgeniya Kobrina

M.Sc. Yevgeniya Kobrina had her public examination of her thesis Infrared Microspectroscopic Cluster Analysis of Bone and Cartilage on Tuesday 17. June 2014 in Canthia auditorium L3 in Kuopio Kampus. Professor Ela Claridge from The University of Birmingham, UK, acted as the opponent. Associate Professor Hanna Isaksson from Lund University, Lund, Sweden, was appointed as the custos of the dissertation.
18.6.2014, 15:43


Doctoral dissertation, Cristina Florea

Eng. Christina Florea defended her doctoral thesis entitled Characterization of articular cartilage, chondrocyte and bone properties using nano- and microscale techniques in her public examination on Friday 13. June 2014. Assistant Professor Nadeen Chahine from Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, New York, acted as the opponent. The custos was Associate Professor Rami Korhonen from University of Eastern Finland.
18.6.2014, 15:31


Mikko Venäläinen and Satu Inkinen awarded in competitions

BBC group attended the XIII annual meeting of Finnish Society for Medical Physics and Medical Engineering on 13.2. and 6th Nordic Meeting on Quantitative Imaging of Cartilage on 20.-21.2.

Mikko Venäläinen won the first price in poster competition of Finnish Society for Medical Physics and Medical Engineering. Satu Inkinen took the third place. She was also the winner in poster competition of Nordic Meeting on Quantitative Imaging of Cartilage.

25.2.2014, 12:53


6th Nordic Meeting on Quantitative Imaging of Cartilage 20-21 February 2014 in Kuopio, Finland

The 6th Nordic Meeting on Quantitative Imaging of Cartilage will be organized at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio campus, 20-21 February 2014. Professor Mark W. Grinstaff from the University of Boston has been invited as the keynote speaker to the meeting. Preliminary programme and updates in the meeting web-pages Nordiccartilage.blogspot.com.

25.11.2013, 9:31


Doctoral dissertation, Mikael Turunen

M.Sc. Mikael Turunen had his public examination of his thesis Spectroscopic Characterization of Bone Composition – Alterations during Bone Formation, Maturation and Aging on Friday 6. September 2013 in Canthia auditorium L1 in Kuopio campus. Professor Marjolein van der Meulen from Cornell university, Ithaca NY, acted as the opponent. The custos was professor Jukka Jurvelin from University of Eastern Finland.

More information in Finnish.

Images from the dissertation and party.

9.9.2013, 10:19


Professor Jurvelin appointed as the Dean of Faculty of Science and Forestry

The Board of the University of Eastern Finland appointed the new Deans of Faculty of the University of Eastern Finland on 4 September 2013. The four-year term of the new Deans will begin on 1 January 2014. Professor Jukka Jurvelin was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Forestry. BBC crew congrats!
4.9.2013, 13:50


BBC encourages kids to learn science

BBC-guys Pikku-Jukka, Markus, Petri and Roope are teaching in The Children’s University of Snellman kesäyliopisto. Children’s courses are arranged in Kuopio and Pieksämäki during June. More than one hundred kids will learn how to build a solenoid, electrical motor, electrical magnet, siphon, fountain and waterwheel. The basics of laser, steam engine and thermographic imaging are also covered.
5.6.2013, 17:43


Doctoral dissertation, Siru Turunen

M.Sc. Siru Turunen publicly defended her doctoral thesis Osmotic and mechanical loading of chondrocytes in situ - effect of the extracellular and pericellular matrix on cell volume and morphology on Saturday 1. June 2013 in Mediteknia Auditorium in Campus of Kuopio. Professor Alan J. Grodzinsky from Massachusetts Institute of Technology acted as the opponent. The custos was docent Rami Korhonen from University of Eastern Finland.

More information in Finnish.


5.6.2013, 17:22


Alan Grodzinsky’s presentation

One of the pioneers in articular cartilage research, Professor Alan Grodzinky visits BBC laboratories on Friday 31.5.2013. He gives a presentation titled "Cartilage Nano-Mechanics Meets Extracellular Matrix Biology: Relevance to Joint Injuries and Cartilage Regeneration" at 2 p.m. in Mediteknia auditorium.

27.5.2013, 11:22


New Funding from the Academy of Finland

Academy of Finland granted 450 000 euros for a project of professor Juha Töyräs (Multimodal Arthroscopic Imaging of Cartilage Injuries and Degeneration). In a short public description of the project it was summarized as follows:

Detection, grading and delineation of cartilage lesions are of utmost importance for the success of their surgical repair. However, the inter- and intra-operator reproducibility of traditional arthroscopic evaluation is poor. Quantitative ultrasound and optical (spectroscopy, coherence tomography and fluorescence imaging) techniques are promising methods for arthroscopic evaluation of the structure and properties of articular cartilage and subchondral bone. In this research project these imaging techniques and a conventional arthroscope are combined as a unique multimodality arthroscopic tool and its performance is evaluated in laboratory, with an animal model and in clinical conditions. The first clinically applicable prototype of the instrument has already been constructed and found to provide images with unparallel resolution on both cartilage and bone. The combination of these modalities enables determination of parameters unreachable with any of the techniques alone.


22.5.2013, 13:33


BBC took part in ESUCB 2013 in Granada

The 5th European Symposium on Ultrasonic Characterization of Bone (ESUCB 2013) was organized at the University of Granada, Spain, within the Nondestructive Evaluation Lab, Dept. of Structural Mechanics. BBC presented five talks:

Eneh et al., Variation in cortical porosity affects the accuracy of ultrasound measurement of cortical thickness.

Karjalainen et al., Application of Dual Frequency Ultrasound Method in Through Transmission Measurements

Karjalainen et al., Diagnostic use of ultrasound measurement of apparent corcital thickness – Age dependence of apparent cortical thickness

Liukkonen et al., Ultrasound Arthroscopy of Human Knee Joint: Feasibility In Vivo

Malo et al., In Situ Ultrasound Backscatter Measurements at Trochanter Major


12.5.2013, 12:46


ORS abstracts

The BBC-group ORS abstracts from years 1999-2013 have been updated to the webpages under Publications. All abstracts can be downloaded as pdf-files.
20.3.2013, 16:19


Visitors from Germany

Nils Männicke and Martin Schöne from Berlin are visiting in BBC laboratory. They work in Professor Kay Raum’s group. Their home institution is Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration within the university structure of the Charité. Together with our ultrasound guys they are carrying out ultrasound measurement with the new SAM for two months. As an acoustical start they brought some great records to our jukebox: Monkees, AC/DC, Pink Floyd etc.
6.3.2013, 13:15


ABIMA project in Yle Aamu-tv

Collaboration of ABIMA project between University of Eastern finland (BBC-group), Lappeenranta University of Technology and University of Jyväskylä was introduced in Finnish national television program Yle Aamu-tv. Aki Mikkola, the director of ABIMA project, was interviewed and the newest computational gait cycle model of knee joint by Mika Mononen was presented during Aki’s interview. An article about the news was also published.
22.2.2013, 12:32


Lasse Räsänen Victorious in FSMPME Poster Competition

BBC group attended the XII annual meeting of Finnish Society for Medical Physics and Medical Engineering in Oulu. There were three poster presentations from BBC group. Lasse Räsänen won the poster competition with his poster titled Implementation of collagen architecture from clinical MRI into a biomechanical model of a knee joint. The other winners were Robert Nawfal from Tampere University of Technology and Marja Pitkänen from Aalto University.
12.2.2013, 16:06


BBC Presentations in iBioMEP Annual Seminar

The Annual Seminar of iBioMEP was organised in Oulu on Friday February 8th. From the BBC there was one oral presentation: Pasi Lepola, Fast EEG Electrode Set for Patients Suffering from Altered Mental State.
In the poster session there were four BBC posters: Elvis Danso, Comparison of Nonlinear Mechanical Properties of Bovine Articular Cartilage and Meniscus, Kimmo Halonen Deformation of Articular Cartilage During Long-Term Loading, Jukka Liukkonen, Ultrasound Arthroscopy in Vivo and Katariina Nissinen, In Vivo Comparison of Delayed Gadolinium-Enhanced MRI of Cartilage and Delayed Quantitative CT Arthtography in Imaging of Articular Cartilage.
12.2.2013, 11:10


BBC attended 38th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society conference and 21st Annual Symposium on Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics, San Antonio, Texas

BBC's contribution in ORS was 1 invited workshop presentation by prof. Jurvelin (Quantification of Molecular Concentrations in Musculoskeletal Tissue in Fourier-Transform Infrared Imaging of Articular Cartilage and Bone workshop) and 10 posters. San Antonio was a fantastic venue for the conference and we hope that our strong ORS presence continues next year in New Orleans.
12.2.2013, 10:26


Jukebox Update

Hanoi Rocks is rebelling and culture has finally arrived in Ähtäri. This year’s first update of the lab jukebox is done. Among the 29 new records there are some records from Elvis, Cliff Richard and David Bowie. Juha “Watt” Vainio brings a vulgar blast from 1980s. The punk section is improved by Philadelphian Jättiläissammakot. Kauko Röyhkä as well as Simon and Garfunkel are also present. Don’t be flummoxed by Scorpions. The one of the most well hidden secrets “Lempäälän tärkeimmät päätökset” by Bert Hockman and M.A. Numminen will be revealed soon.

31.1.2013, 10:22


BBC attended the LEA & QUIMUS meeting in Berlin, Oct 11-12.2012

BBC-group attended the joint LEA & QUIMUS meeting in Berlin. The meeting was continuum for the Baltic network meeting held in Kuopio. Thank you for the hospitality!
9.11.2012, 11:39


Baltic network meeting photos

BBC-group arranged the Baltic network meeting 11-12 June 2012. Photos of this successful meeting can be found in the Image Gallery.
15.6.2012, 12:49


BBC hit the Acoustics 2012 Hong Kong conference

BBC represented results from bone ultrasound research in Acoustics 2012 conference with two posters. J. Karjalainen presented a research which has been done in collaboration with Parametric imaging laboratory, Paris and M. Malo presented a research which has been done in collaboration with Julius Wolff Institut - Charité, Berlin.

22.5.2012, 8:29


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