Rajshree Mootanah

Visiting Scholar
500 W 120th St.
2128544259

 Education

B. Tech. (Hons) University of Mauritius, Mechanical Engineering, 1991

M. Phil. University of Mauritius, Mechanical Engineering, 1994

Ph. D. Anglia Ruskin University, Bioengineering, 2001

M.B.A. Anglia Ruskin University, 2005

PG Diploma Anglia Ruskin University, Teaching and Learning, 2008

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Anglia Ruskin University, 2014

 

Awards

January / March 2013

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting Best Poster in the knee category

Association of radiographic knee osteoarthritis and pain with gait asymmetry: the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study

Displayed at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting among top-scored Orthopaedic Research Society posters

 

 

April 2012

Mimics Innovation Award; Winner of Open Category

Development and Verification of a Computational Model of the Knee Joint for the Evaluation of Surgical Treatments for Osteoarthritis

Selected for publication in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering

 

 

June 2011

Best podium presentation

Conservative surgical treatments for osteoarthritis: An integrated computational and in vitro study

Meditech/ARU Medical Engineering Conference

 

 

December 2008

Translational Research Award winner, Orthopaedics Innovation Awards category

Medical Futures Innovation Award

Electrospinning nanocoating for orthopaedic implants

 

 

Research Areas

·       Finite element modeling / computer simulation and in vitro mechanical material testing of natural and reconstructed bones, joints and soft tissues

·       Osteoarthritis

·       Gait analysis

·       Parkinson’s disease

·       Venous ulcers

·       Medical devices (Intelligent surgical power tool to prevent thermal necrosis during surgical bone and joint reconstructions, interpneumatic compressive boot for the treatment of venous ulcers)

 

Rajshree Mootanah embarked on a PhD on total hip replacement in 1997, funded by the Chelmsford Medical Education and Research Trust, following 5 years in industry. Results of this study revealed that surgical fixation techniques, as well as bone quality and morphology, affect implant longevity. The proposed subject-specific surgical fixation techniques were translated to patients by orthopedic surgeons involved in this study.  Dr Mootanah pursued a postdoctoral research fellowship and worked on several Biomechanics projects, funded by DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson company. In 2005, after completing an MBA degree, she accepted a lectureship position in Mechanical Engineering at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, UK, and moved up to Associate Professor level in 2015.  

 

Dr Mootanah has led the Medical Engineering Research Group since 2008 and focused on applying engineering solutions to the problem of osteoarthritis through research on computational modeling of surgical reconstruction techniques and implant design for the diseased joint. She has also been Principal Investigator on externally-funded research projects, including mechanical testing of joints, the design and development of medical devices, as well as venous ulcers, Parkinson’s Disease and movement analysis.

 

Dr Mootanah has been a Visiting Scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) since 2009, conducting computer modeling and simulation research on osteoarthritis-related projects to complement in vitro and in vivo experimental research conducted at the HSS. She has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Mascara since 2013, mentoring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and his PhD students in dental biomechanics. Dr Mootanah is an editorial board member and guest editor for a number of Bioengineering scientific journals. 

 1.       Choudhury, D., Roy, T., Krupka, I., Hartl, M. & Mootanah, R. 2015, "Tribological properties of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene against advanced ceramic surfaces in total hip joint replacement", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part J: Journal of Engineering Tribology, June 19.  Sage.

2.       Mootanah, R., Imhauser, C., Reisse, F., Carpanen, D., walker, R.W., Koff, M.F., Rozbruch, S.R., Fragomen, A.T., Kirane, Y., Cheah, K., Dowell, J.K. & Hillstrom, H.J. Invited for Publication, following Mimics Innovation Award, 2014, "Development and Validation of a Computational Model of the Knee Joint for the Evaluation of Surgical Treatments for Osteoarthritis", Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 17(13):1502-17. Pubmed

3.       Lamvohee, J.M.S., Cheah, K., Dowell, J.K. & Mootanah, R. 2014, "Total hip replacement: Effects of acetabular morphology, body mass index and bone quality on stresses developed in cement mantles", Journal of Computer Science and Systems Biology, 7(3):072-078. Omics.

4.       Nine, M.J., Choudhury, D., Hee, A.C., Mootanah, R. & Osman, N.A.A. 2014, "Wear Debris Characterization and Corresponding Biological Response: Artificial Hip and Knee Joints", Materials, vol. 7:980-1016.  Materials.

5.       Walker, R.W., Cheah, K., Ingle, P. & Mootanah, R. 2013, " Stress in the Patella Following Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation – A Finite Element Study", Journal of Computer Science and Systems Biology, vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 305-310. Omics.

6.       Choudhury, D., Walker, R.W., Shirvani, A. & Mootanah, R. 2013, "The influence of honed surfaces on metal-on-metal hip joints", Tribology Online, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 195-202. CiNii.

7.       Choudhury, D., Walker, R.W., Roy, T., Paul, S., & Mootanah, R. 2013, "Performance of honed Surface profiles to Artificial Hip Joints: An Experimental Investigation", International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing, vol. 14, no. 10, pp. 1847-1853. Springer.

8.       Merdji, A., Mootanah, R., Bachir Bouiadjra, B.A., Benaissa, A., Aminallah, L., Ould Chikh, E.B. & Mukdadi, S. 2013, "Stress analysis in single molar tooth", Materials Science and Engineering: C, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 691-8. Pubmed.

9.       Manor, Y., Mootanah, R., Freud, D., Giladi, N. & Cohen, J.T. 2013, "Video-Assisted Swallowing Therapy for patients with Parkinson's Disease", Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 207-11.  Pubmed.

10.    Hillstrom, H.J., Song, J., Kraszewski, A.P., Hafer, J.F., Mootanah, R., Dufour, A.B., Chow, S.B. & Deland, J.T. 2013, "Foot Type Biomechanics Part 1: Structure and Function of the Asymptomatic Foot", Gait & Posture, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 445-51. Pubmed.

11.    Mootanah, R., Song, J., Lenhoff, M.W., Hafer, J.F., Backus, S.I., Gagnon, D., Deland, J.T. & Hillstrom, H.J. 2013, "Foot Type Biomechanics Part 2: Are Structure and Anthropometrics Related to Function?", Gait & Posture, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 452-6. Pubmed.

12.    Merdji, A., Bouiadjra, B.B., Chikh, B.O., Mootanah, R., Aminallah, L., Serier, B. & Muslih, I.M. 2012, "Stress Distribution in Dental Prosthesis under an Occlusal Combined Dynamic Loading", Materials & Design, vol. 36, no. 0, pp. 705-713.  Science Direct.

13.    Hunaiti, Z., Grimaldi, G., Goven, D., Mootanah, R. & Martin, L. 2010, "Principles of assessment for project and research based learning", International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 189-203. Emerald.

14.    Lamvohee, J.M.S., Mootanah, R., Dowell, J.K., Cheah, K. & Ingle, P. 2009, "Stresses in cement mantles of hip replacements: Effect of femoral implant sizes, body mass index and bone quality", Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 501-510. Pubmed.

15.    Manor, Y., Balas, M., Giladi, N., Mootanah, R. & Cohen, J.T. 2009, "Anxiety, depression and swallowing disorders in patients with parkinson’s disease", Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 453-456. Pubmed.

16.    Mootanah, R., Jarrett, P., Ingle, P. Cheah, K., Dowell, J.K. & Shelton, J.C. 2008, "Configuration of anchorage holes affects cemented fixation of the acetabular component in total hip replacement - An in vitro study", Technology and Healthcare: Official Journal Of The European Society For Engineering, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 19-30. Pubmed.

17.    Mootanah, R., Dowell, J.K., Cheah, K., Ingle, P. & Shelton, J.C. 2007, "Configuration of anchorage holes affects fixation of the acetabular component in cemented total hip replacement–A finite element study", Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, vol. 10, no. 6, pp. 439-445. Pubmed.

18.    Kroon, M., Visser, C.J.P., Mootanah, R., Schuttevaer, H. & Brand, R. 2006, "Performance of three gelatine-based resorbable cement plugs: results of in vitro study on 15 synthetic femurs and a prospective randomized in vivo study on 103 patients", Acta Orthopaedica, vol. 77, no. 6, pp. 893-898. Pubmed.

19.    Mootanah, R., Ingle, P., Cheah, K., Dowell, J.K. & Shelton, J.C. 2004, "Total hip replacement: results of a postal survey of current practice on the cement fixation of the acetabular cup in the UK", Hip International, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 155-162. Hip International.

20.    Mootanah, R., Ingle, P., Dowell, J., Cheah, K. & Shelton, J.C. 2000, "Fixation of the acetabular cup in cemented total hip replacement: improving the anchorage hole profile using finite element method", Technology and health care: official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 343-356. Pubmed.

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