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 Deputy Head (Academic) of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Deputy Director of the ARC Centre for Medical Implant Technologies, and head of the Biomechanics Research group in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the University of Melbourne. He holds a BSc (Neuroscience), BE (Mechanical), and PhD degrees from the University of Melbourne. Dr Ackland's research focuses on computational modelling and experimentation in human movement biomechanics, with a particular emphasis on upper limb orthopaedics and maxillofacial surgery. His research group employs medical imaging, human motion experiments, musculoskeletal modelling, and in vitro biomechanical experiments in the evaluation of muscle and joint function. Dr Ackland has a particular interest in design and evaluation of implantable devices for the treatment of end-stage bone and joint conditions. Dr Ackland’s was involved in the design of Australia’s first customised jaw-joint replacement prosthesis, which has restored jaw function in over 100 Australians suffering debilitating pain and deformities of the jaw associated with congenital and degenerative abnormalities, as well as trauma and cancer. This prosthesis has resulted in a spin-off company dedicated to design and manufacture of personalised implantable maxillofacial devices (OMX Solution Pty Ltd). Dr Ackland has attracted $7M in research funds from the ARC, NHMRC, government and industry. He works with orthopaedic industry, including multi-national companies such as Lima, Smith & Nephew and Zimmer-Biomet. His collaborations also include Epworth Healthcare, St Vincent’s Hospital, the Avenue Private Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, as well as CSIRO and the Defence Science and Technology Group. His international collaborators include researchers from Stuttgart University (Germany), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and Auckland Bioengineering Institute (Auckland). Dr Ackland is the treasurer of the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS), and a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA).

Recent publications

  1. Ackland D, Denton M, Schache A, Pandy M, Crossley KM. Hip abductor muscle volumes are smaller in individuals affected by patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis. OSTEOARTHRITIS AND CARTILAGE. WB Saunders Co. 2019, Vol. 27, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.09.013
  2. Ackland D, Robinson D, Wilkosz A, Wu W, Richardson M, Lee P, Tse K. The influence of rotator cuff tears on muscle and joint-contact loading after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 37, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1002/jor.24152
  3. Hik F, Ackland D. The moment arms of the muscles spanning the glenohumeral joint: a systematic review. JOURNAL OF ANATOMY. Cambridge University Press. 2019, Vol. 234, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12903
  4. Vallabh R, Zhang J, Fernandez J, Dimitroulis G, Ackland D. The morphology of the human mandible: A computational modelling study.. Biomech Model Mechanobiol. Springer. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s10237-019-01133-5
  5. Dimitroulis G, Austin S, Lee P, 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, Vol. 46, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2018.05.028
  6. Roehrle O, Saini H, Lee P, Ackland D. A novel computational method to determine subject-specific bite force and occlusal loading during mastication. COMPUTER METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. Gordon Breach Publishing. 2018, Vol. 21, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2018.1479744
  7. Timmi A, Coates G, Fortin K, Ackland D, Bryant A, Gordon I, Pivonka P. Accuracy of a novel marker tracking approach based on the low-cost Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor. MEDICAL ENGINEERING & PHYSICS. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 59. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2018.04.020
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Fong J, Crocher V, Haddara R, Ackland D, Galea M, Tan Y, Oetomo D. Effect of Arm Deweighting Using End-Effector Based Robotic Devices on Muscle Activity. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 2018, Vol. 2018-July. DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2018.8512773
  11. Hart H, Collins NJ, Ackland D, Crossley K. Is Self-Reported Knee Stability Associated With Symptoms, Function, and Quality of Life in People With Knee Osteoarthritis After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction?. Clin J Sport Med. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2018. DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000674
  12. Wu W, Fong J, Crocher V, Lee P, 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
  13. 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
  14. Zhang J, Ackland D, Fernandez J. Point-cloud registration using adaptive radial basis functions. COMPUTER METHODS IN BIOMECHANICS AND BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. Gordon Breach Publishing. 2018, Vol. 21, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2018.1484914
  15. Wang KK, Zhang X, McCombe D, Ackland D, Ek E, Tham SK. Quantitative analysis of in-vivo thumb carpometacarpal joint kinematics using four-dimensional computed tomography. JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-EUROPEAN VOLUME. WB Saunders Co. 2018, Vol. 43, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1177/1753193418789828

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