Objectives of the training programme

The overall objective of the KNEEMO training programme is to develop highly-skilled researchers capable of delivering effective biomechanical solutions to KOA and to significantly enhance the European Research Area as a global leader in clinical biomechanics in the public and private sectors.

Scientific Training Objectives

The Scientific Training Objectives aim to give early and established career researchers specialist applied knowledge, skills and experience in:

1. Understanding the epidemiology, impact, burden and cost of osteoarthritis of the knee including disease mechanisms and biomechanical paradigms.

2. Understanding the structure and function of the knee joint, its constituent anatomy and complex function in health and OA diseased states.

3. Performing imaged based reconstruction of the knee joint anatomy including bone, cartilage, muscle and soft-tissue in health and OA diseased states.

4. Performing 3-D measurements of knee joint function including motion, forces, muscle strength and proprioception during activities of daily living.

5. Understanding and applying the basic principles of computational modelling employing anatomical (3) and functional (4) data to better understand disease processes and pathology.

6. Understanding the need for early identification of patients and preventative action

7. Understanding of current non-pharmacological interventions, their biomechanical basis and limitations.

8. Translating knowledge gained in (3) and (4) towards the development of novel, personalised biomechanical-based interventions.

9. Effective dissemination of scientific findings to peers, policy makers, the private sector and lay public.

Transferable Skills Training Objectives

The Transferable Skills Training Objectives focus on providing all KNEEMO fellows with well-developed generic and transferable skills concerning:

  • Research leadership
  • Organising and planning
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Ethics of human research
  • Using information technology
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Effective communication, dissemination and outreach

Training will be provided through:

  • Network-wide training weeks and Summer Schools.
  • Training through research at the host institutions involves providing fellows with the specific technical and research training needed for their project. All fellows will have a supervisory team comprising at least one internal (host institution) and one external (other KNEEMO partner) leading academic in the field. Specific technical and research training needs will be identified early on in the fellow’s project.
  • Training through inter-sector exchange visits and secondments