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Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

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Shaocheng Ma is a PhD student in the Biomechanics group within Mechanical Engineering Department and a member of MSk Lab within Surgery and Cancer Department at Imperial College London. He joined the groups in October 2014.

He is currently supervised by Dr. U Hansen from the Mechanical Engineering Department and Dr. R Abel from the Surgery and Cancer Department. His research interests are bone mechanical properties including bone quality assessment and fracture risk prediction, especially the evaluation of outcomes of long term drugs treatment. Shaocheng has given a number of oral presentations about his research work in bone quality in both national and international conferences including the European Society of Biomechanics and International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty. His recent research entitled 'Long-term effects of bisphosphonate therapy: perforations, microcracks and mechanical properties' using synchrotron imaging assessment at Diamond Light Source was published in the Nature Journal Scientific Reports and was reported on Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC). The research work was also broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Today and reported on BBC News and theguardian.

Prior to joining the Medical Engineering Group, Shaocheng obtained a MEng in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 from Imperial College London. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.



Zhao S, Arnold M, Ma S, et al., Standardising compression testing for measuring the stiffness of human bone: a systematic review, Bone and Joint Research, ISSN:2046-3758

Boughton OR, Ma S, Zhao S, et al., 2018, Measuring bone stiffness using spherical indentation., Plos One, Vol:13

Goh EL, Chidambaram S, Ma S, 2018, Laparoscopic vs open hepatectomy for hepatocellular carcinoma in patients with cirrhosis: A meta-analysis of the long-term survival outcomes, International Journal of Surgery, Vol:50, ISSN:1743-9191, Pages:35-42

Arnold M, Zhao S, Ma S, et al., 2017, Microindentation - a tool for measuring cortical bone stiffness? A systematic review., Bone Joint Res, Vol:6, ISSN:2046-3758, Pages:542-549

Ma S, Goh EL, Jin A, et al., 2017, Long-term effects of bisphosphonate therapy: perforations, microcracks and mechanical properties, Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

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