Experts to create computer body maps with £7m grant

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BETTER treatments for arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis could be on the horizon under plans by Sheffield University researchers to create maps of the human body’s muscles and bones.

Experts from the university have been given a £6.7 million grant to devise a new modelling framework for the human musculoskeletal system, which it is hoped will lead to the availability of personalised treatments for various bone disorders.

Prof Damien Lacroix, from the university’s Insigneo Institute which is running the five-year programme, said: “Our work in building accurate computer models means every patient receives treatment personally optimised to their detailed circumstances.

“This leads to improved outcomes, faster recovery and, in almost all cases, lower costs.”

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the research was ‘probably the most sophisticated application of computing technology in healthcare today’.