New funding to develop a translational orthopaedic shoulder research program in collaboration with MQ biomechanical research.”

The MQ Health Translational Shoulder Program will have multiple chapters of research. These will include arthroplasty design and accuracy of implantation, 3D computer modelling of abnormal and normal anatomy,\ advanced radiological imaging, advancement of shoulder rehabilitation as well as developing novel molecular therapies for some shoulder conditions.

During the first year, researchers will complete 3D computer modelling studies of normal and pathological shoulders to better understand variations in scapular and humeral anatomy that can lead to different shoulder pathologies with a focus on
improved implant design.

They will also build the cadaveric simulator and start biomechanical testing using the custom-designed simulator to enhance and improve the process of implant design and long-term survivorship and functionality. The Shoulder Program will also explore the use of robotics and other advanced methods for improving the accuracy and reliability of joint replacement surgery – including the assessment of augmented reality platforms.

“The new laboratory and shoulder program are aligned with the MQ Health model of ‘heal, learn, discover,’ and will
see research translated into clinical practice, and allow the next generation of surgeons involved in innovation through
basic sciences research,” said Dr Raniga. “With this grant we will be in position to develop a centre of excellence in
shoulder research.” Brenton Hamdorf, Director of Academic and Research Partnerships at MQ Health, said that the program was an outstanding example of MQ Health’s core goals.

“It is through collaborations with exceptional companies like Mathys, in this instance, and with proactive clinicians like Dr Raniga that dramatic improvements in patient outcomes can be achieved,” he said.”

Such progress is built on rigorous scientific and clinical evidence, strong partnerships and the commitment and focus of everyone involved. It is a very exciting opportunityand I look forward to the continued growth and expansion of biomechanics at Macquarie University.”

Professor Patrick McNeil, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Medicine and Health) said: “This initiative is a great example of the values of MQ Health in action – ambition, innovation, and engagement – where partnering with industry and with other Faculties increases the power of the research we do.”


The MQ Health Translational Shoulder Program is a true multidisciplinary effort to improve patient outcomes through
collaborative basic sciences research.

The team is made up of: Back Row from Left to Right: Dr Brenton Hamdorf (Academic and Research Partnerships),
Professor Desmond Bokor (Shoulder Surgeon), Dr Janos Tomka (Anatomy and Surgical Skills Coordinator), Associate
Professor Richard Appleyard (Biomechanical Engineer), and Mr Robert Potra (Biomechanical Engineering Intern).

Front Row from Left to Right: Associate Professor Andrew Hirschhorn (Head of Department of Physiotherapy), Associate
Professor Louis Ferreira (Lead Shoulder Biomechanical Engineer Roth MacFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center, Canada), Dr Sumit Raniga (Head of the MQ Health Translational Shoulder Research Program), Mr David Axford (Biomechanical Engineer), Dr Joseph Cadman (Biomechanical Engineer), and Dr John Read (Musculoskeletal Radiologist).

Absent: Dr Dane Turner (Biomechanical Engineer)

Overseas collaborators includeProfessor Matthias Zumstein (Bern University Hospital, Switzerland) and Professor George Athwal (Roth MacFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Center, Canada).

Dr Sumit Raniga
BSc MSc (1st Hons)
Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon
Senior Lecturer MQ Health Orthopaedics Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia
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