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. Hislop P, Sakata K, Ackland D, Gotmaker R, Evans MC. Acromioclavicular Joint Stabilization: A Biomechanical Study of Bidirectional Stability and Strength. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019, Vol. 7, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1177/2325967119836751
  2. Sidhu N, Huntington L, Richardson M, Ackland D. Biomechanical performance of an intramedullary Echidna pin for fixation of comminuted mid-shaft clavicle fractures. ANZ JOURNAL OF SURGERY. Blackwell Science Asia. 2019, Vol. 89, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1111/ans.15392
  3. Robinson D, Tse K, Franklyn M, Zhang J, Ackland D, Lee P. Cortical and Trabecular Bone Fracture Characterisation in the Vertebral Body Using Acoustic Emission.. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019, Vol. 47, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-019-02316-y
  4. 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
  5. Robinson D, Aguilar Alonso L, Gatti A, Abduo J, Lee P, Ackland D. Load response of the natural tooth and dental implant: A comparative biomechanics study. The Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics. Korean Academy of Prosthodontics. 2019, Vol. 11, Issue 3. DOI: 10.4047/jap.2019.11.3.169
  6. Ackland D, Wu W, Thomas R, Patel M, Page R, Sangeux M, Richardson M. Muscle and Joint Function After Anatomic and Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Using a Modular Shoulder Prosthesis. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. Elsevier Science. 2019, Vol. 37, Issue 9. DOI: 10.1002/jor.24335
  7. Kian A, Pizzolato C, Halaki M, Ginn K, Lloyd D, Reed D, Ackland D. Static optimization underestimates antagonist muscle activity at the glenohumeral joint: A musculoskeletal modeling study.. Journal of Biomechanics. Pergamon. 2019, Vol. 97. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.109348
  8. Ackland D, Robinson D, Wilkosz A, Wu W, Richardson M, Lee V, 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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, Vol. 46, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcms.2018.05.028
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Ackland D, Robinson D, Lee V, 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

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