Anna is a student currently in the second year of her PhD with a BEng degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University Federico II in Naples and an MSc in the same discipline from Queen Mary University of London.
The PhD title is “Clinical relevance of corrosion of metal orthopaedic implants” whose importance is reflected by its potential impact considering that metal alloys are used in over 80% of medical implants. The overarching aim of the project is to gain clear understanding of the in-situ performance, specifically modes and mechanisms of corrosion through the retrieval analysis of the components and its correlation with clinical variables.
Her research interests are focused upon (1) the effect of material combination of the femoral heads and trunnions as well (2) of bearing types on the taper junctions, (3) The analysis of recalled dual-taper hips for comparison with non-recalled designs to investigate which surgical, implant, and patient factors are associated with their poor performance, (4) The phenomenon described as inflammatory-cell-induced-corrosion in a series of retrieved CoCrMo implants, (5) The metal speciation of debris deriving from corroded taper junctions in patient tissues and the (6) genetic changes induced by the particles in phagocytes are also current topics of her research.
· Peer-reviewed article: “Clinical Relevance of Corrosion Patterns Attributed to Inflammatory Cell Induced Corrosion: A Retrieval Study”, Journal of Biomedical Research Applied Materials part B.
· Podium talk: "Does the use of a ceramic head eliminate the risk of trunnionosis?", BHS-SIDA, Milan, November 2015.
· Podium talk: “Clinical Relevance of Corrosion Patterns Attributed to Inflammatory Cell Induced Corrosion: A Retrieval Study”, ORS, Orlando, March 2016.
· Podium talk: "Does the use of a ceramic head eliminate the risk of trunnionosis?", AAOS, Orlando, March 2016.
· Podium talk: “Dual Mobility Vs Standard Bearings: What is the effect on the taper junction?”, BHS, Norwich, March 2016.
· Scientific Exhibit: “Understanding why dual-taper hips fail”. AAOS, Orlando, March 2016.
· Posters: “Retrieval analysis of dual-taper hips help understand why they fail” (BHS-SIDA, 2015); “Micrometric Evaluation of Taper Damage in Modular Neck Hip Prosthesis”, “Inflammatory Cell-Induced corrosion on Dual Taper Hips: A Retrieval Study” (ORS, 2016); “Clinical Relevance of Corrosion Patterns Attributed to Inflammatory Cell Induced Corrosion: A Retrieval Study” (WBC, 2016).