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 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
  2. Roehrle O, Saini H, Lee V, 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
  3. 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 and Physics. Pergamon. 2018, Vol. 59. DOI: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2018.04.020
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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. 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2018.09.013
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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. DOI: 10.1177/1753193418789828
  11. 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, Vol. 27, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2018.04.017
  12. 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
  13. Hik F, Ackland D. The moment arms of the muscles spanning the glenohumeral joint: a systematic review.. J Anat. 2018. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12903
  14. Huntington L, Coles-Black J, Richardson M, Sobol T, Caldow J, Chuen J, Ackland D. The use of suture-tape and suture-wire in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: A comparative biomechanics study. INJURY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF THE CARE OF THE INJURED. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 49, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2018.09.004
  15. Ackland D, Robinson D, Redhead M, Lee P, 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

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