Femoral neck fractures are associates with high morbidity and mortality rates. In the UK, the mortality within one year of such a fracture in elderly people (82, ± 7 years) is between 20% and 35% and around 20% in over fifty's. Most commonly a fracture is caused by minor trauma to a patient with fragile bone. In people with normal bone such fractures are commonly, but not always, a result of high-energy trauma such as car accidents, falling from heights, or sports injuries.
Branimir's research project investigates how a reduced level of activity may contribute to bone fragility by analysing factors such as the magnitude and frequency of loading, bone fatigue and damage accumulation. A finite element model of the proximal femur will be utilised to model loading history over a number of bone remodelling periods. Various levels of activity will be considered .The aim of the project is to establish an optimum exercise regime required to maintain bone health and reduce the risk of fracture.
After graduating from Imperial in 1987 Branimir spent nearly thirty years in the industry as a structural engineer working on a variety projects in the Infrastructure, Energy and Residential and Commercial Bulding sectors before returning in 2016. His research is motivated by a family connection to severe bone disease.