CU@EMBS Presents Dr. Hanspeter Frei

November 11, 2013
5:30 PMto6:30 PM

Location: 3112 River building

EMBS presents Dr. Hanspeter Frei to speak with us about his research on orthopaedic implants. This will be followed by an informal beer and nachos at Mike’s place, where you can ask him about life, love, and the pursuit of the perfect acetabular implant. Hope to see you all there!

Hanspeter Frei

As biomedical engineer, Dr. Frei joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2008 from the University of British Columbia where he developed novel strategies for the regeneration of bone using tissue engineering approaches. Dr. Frei has also an extensive background in orthopaedic biomechanics, orthopaedic implant design and evaluation. In his research, Dr. Frei combines his biomechanics and tissue engineering background to develop new interdisciplinary approaches to fracture fixation and bone regeneration.


Musculoskeletal conditions, particularly osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, affect a large portion of the population and account for the second highest health care cost after cardiovascular diseases. Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), a condition in which an abnormal anatomy of the hip causes impingement of the femoral neck with the acetabulum, has been identified as a cause of osteoarthritis. However the progression of the disease, which would help to identify ‘at-risk’ patients, is not well understood. As part of a multidisciplinary team we are investigating the natural history of the disease from a biomechanical point of view. Whereas FAI related osteoarthritis is more common in young male patients, osteoporosis and osteoporosis related fractures are more common in postmenopausal women. The tools and treatments available to predict prevent and repair osteoporotic fractures are insufficient to substantially decrease the burden on the health care system of this deliberating disease. We are developing tools to enhance fracture prediction, exploring tissue engineering approaches to prevent fractures and develop novel implants to repair osteoporotic fractures.