Dr David Ackland

  • Room: Level: 02 Room: 205
  • Building: Mechanical Engineering
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Computational modelling (muscle and joint function, motor control of human movement)
  • Experimental biomechanics (applied anatomy, orthopaedics)
  • Implant development and testing (orthopaedics, maxillofacial surgery)

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Dr Ackland is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne. His research focuses on computational modelling and simulation of human movement, with a particular emphasis on upper limb and maxillofacial surgery and biomechanics. He employs medical imaging, human motion experiments including gait analysis, musculoskeletal modelling, and in vitro biomechanical experiments as his primary research techniques. Dr Ackland has close ties to the orthopaedics industry, and has a particular interest in design and evaluation of joint replacements and other implantable devices for the treatment of end-stage bone and joint conditions.

Recent publications

  1. Dimitroulis G, Austin S, Lee V, Ackland D. A new three-dimensional, print-on-demand temporomandibular prosthetic total joint replacement system: Preliminary outcomes. Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. Churchill Livingstone. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2018.05.028
  2. Wang W, Ackland D, McClelland JA, Webster KE, Halgamuge S. Assessment of Gait Characteristics in Total Knee Arthroplasty Patients Using a Hierarchical Partial Least Squares Method. IEEE JOURNAL OF BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH INFORMATICS. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2017.2689070
  3. Ackland D, Robinson D, Lee P, Dimitroulis G. Design and clinical outcome of a novel 3D-printed prosthetic joint replacement for the human temporomandibular joint. Clinical Biomechanics. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 56. DOI: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2018.05.006
  4. Wu W, Fong J, Crocher V, Lee V, Oetomo D, Tan Y, Ackland D. Modulation of shoulder muscle and joint function using a powered upper-limb exoskeleton. JOURNAL OF BIOMECHANICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 72. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2018.02.019
  5. Roehrle O, Saini H, Ackland D. Occlusal loading during biting from an experimental and simulation point of view. Annual Meeting of the Academy-of-Dental-Materials. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 34, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.dental.2017.09.005
  6. Thomas R, Richardson M, Patel M, Page R, Sangeux M, Ackland D. Rotator cuff contact pressures at the tendon-implant interface after anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty using a metal-backed glenoid component. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Mosby. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2018.04.017
  7. Mandaleson A, Tham SK, Lewis C, Ackland D, Ek ET. Scaphoid Fracture Fixation in a Nonunion Model: A Biomechanical Study Comparing 3 Types of Fixation. JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-AMERICAN VOLUME. WB Saunders Co. 2018, Vol. 43, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.10.005
  8. Ackland D, Robinson D, Redhead M, Lee V, Moskaljuk A, Dimitroulis G. A personalized 3D-printed prosthetic joint replacement for the human temporomandibular joint: From implant design to implantation. JOURNAL OF THE MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF BIOMEDICAL MATERIALS. Elsevier. 2017, Vol. 69. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2017.01.048
  9. Ackland D, Griggs I, Hislop P, Wu W, Patel M, Richardson M. An intramedullary Echidna pin for fixation of comminuted clavicle fractures: a biomechanical study. JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY AND RESEARCH. Biomed Central. 2017, Vol. 12, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1186/s13018-017-0623-y
  10. Herath D, Jayasundara D, Ackland D, Saeed I, Tang S-L, Halgamuge S. Assessing Species Diversity Using Metavirome Data: Methods and Challenges. COMPUTATIONAL AND STRUCTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY JOURNAL. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 15. DOI: 10.1016/j.csbj.2017.09.001
  11. Hart H, Crossley K, Collins N, Ackland D. Bracing of the Reconstructed and Osteoarthritic Knee during High Dynamic Load Tasks. MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2017, Vol. 49, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001201
  12. Herath D, Tang S-L, Tandon K, Ackland D, Halgamuge S. CoMet: a workflow using contig coverage and composition for binning a metagenomic sample with high precision. 16th International Conference on Bioinformatics (InCoB) - Bioinformatics. Biomed Central. 2017, Vol. 18. DOI: 10.1186/s12859-017-1967-3
  13. Huntington L, Richardson M, Sobol T, Caldow J, Ackland D. Load response and gap formation in a single-row cruciate suture rotator cuff repair. ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY. Blackwell Science Asia. 2017, Vol. 87, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1111/ans.13875
  14. Zhao L, Lee P, Ackland D, Broom ND, Thambyah A. Microstructure Variations in the Soft-Hard Tissue Junction of the Human Anterior Cruciate Ligament. ANATOMICAL RECORD-ADVANCES IN INTEGRATIVE ANATOMY AND EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY. Wiley-Liss. 2017, Vol. 300, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23608
  15. Wu W, Lee P, Ackland D. The sensitivity of shoulder muscle and joint force predictions to changes in joint kinematics: A Monte-Carlo analysis. GAIT & POSTURE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 54. DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.02.027

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