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Sophie Williams

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Dr Sophie Williams

Awards: IOM Silver medal 2009


Dr Sophie Williams completed a BEng (Hons) at the University in Liverpool in Clinical Engineering and Materials Science (1999). Then a PhD at the University of Leeds (Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering) looking at the use of surface coatings in metal-on-metal hip replacements under the supervision of Prof John Fisher (2002).

Following her PhD, Dr Williams was the “DePuy Technology Partnership Research Fellow”, managing the interface of research at the University of Leeds and DePuy.  Her work predominantly involved the tribology of hip replacement bearing surfaces.  In 2006, Dr Williams was awarded a prestigious five-year fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) to research the biotribology of cartilage.

Dr Williams’ fellowship focus is on developing an in vitro simulation system for the natural hip joint that can be used to investigate conservative therapies of the hip, for example; cartilage substitution, hip preservation surgery.  Early work includes full characterisation of the hip (in collaboration with LMBRU Orthopaedic surgeons and Radiologists) and development of a hemi-arthroplasty system in virtro.

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