Recurring Meeting of the Advisory Board

Date(s): May 8-21, 2015

Due to scheduling conflicts, the group meeting with the Advisory Board members were scheduled on an individual basis with each member. Please refer to Meeting Minutes for more details.

Progress Report

Project Specific Aims

Project Infrastructure

Project Contact

Advisory Board

Progress Period

Development Team during Progress Period

See for full details on the project team.

Goals of Progress Period

Please also refer to previous meeting minutes of the Advisory Board at RecurringMeetings/2014-11-20. It should be noted that the timeline of activities has deviated from the original proposal, i.e., see the Roadmap and the proposed timeline of the proposal in GrantInformation/proposal.pdf.

Activities of Progress Period

Details of activities can be found in past meeting minutes of various teams at RecurringMeetings.

Plans for Next Progress Period (May 8, 2015 - November 2015)

It should be noted that the timeline of activities has deviated from the original proposal, i.e., see the Roadmap and the proposed timeline of the proposal in GrantInformation/proposal.pdf.

Meeting Minutes

Date, Time, Means:


  1. Ahmet Erdemir (Cleveland Clinic)
  2. Craig Bennetts (Cleveland Clinic)
  3. Snehal Chokhandre (Cleveland Clinic)
  4. Jack Andrish (Cleveland Clinic)
  5. Morgan Jones (Cleveland Clinic)
  6. Paul Saluan (Cleveland Clinic)
  7. Yasin Dhaher (Northwestern University)
  8. Trent Guess (University of Missouri)
  9. Rami Korhonen (University of Eastern Finland)


  1. Progress update, see progress report at:
  2. Recap of previous meeting minutes, see meeting minutes at:
  3. Action items for following meeting.
  4. Other.

Immediate Action Items:

See notes for details.


  1. Due to scheduling conflicts, a series of meetings were conducted to inform the Advisory Board about Open Knee(s) activities and get feedback.
  2. Progress update.
    • Ahmet provided a summary of progress emphasizing the experimental work, the collected data sets, planned use cases, and submitted conference abstracts and Open Knee(s) - Generation 1 publication. The Advisory Board members found the progress appropriate. Ahmet informed the Advisory Board members about addition of new knee specimens and the summer internships.
    • It was possible to arrange a face-to-face meeting among Jack Andrish, Morgan Jones, Yasin Dhaher and some members of the Open Knee(s) development team. Ahmet summarized the progress by going over the slides prepared for a recent presentation he delivered at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Craig and Snehal were able to join the discussions and describe their work to the Advisory Board members. The attending Advisory Board members found Open Knee(s) project on track. The experimentation workflow and the collected data were appreciated. Exciting discussions on knee biomechanics and the joint's clinical care emerged with the possibility of bringing engineers and physicians together. Physicians noted the role of transverse ligament and why they try to keep it in meniscal surgeries. Morgan described some of his upcoming work on meniscus function. Yasin asked about the potential role of menstrual cycle on the mechanics of the joint and the connective tissues. Yasin brought up the issue of reproducible segmentation of knee structures. Ahmet noted that summer students will be tasked with segmentation of the same knee joint as a side project, with the goal to evaluate uncertainties associated with geometry generation.
    • Ahmet had separate conference calls with Trent Guess and Rami Korhonen. The discussions mostly focused on Open Knee(s) progress and upcoming testing, which were found adequate.
    • Ahmet and Paul Saluan met to meet Open Knee(s) progress. Ahmet informed Paul Saluan about the progress of the pivot simulation study, which he has been involved. Convergence issues of Open Knee(s) - Generation 1 have been explored before enabling such simulations. Ahmet also asked Paul Saluan his help to seek for philanthropic support for Open Knee(s). Ahmet will forward documents to Paul Saluan to pass to interested parties. They also discussed how Open Knee(s) may fit in innovations and different business models, i.e using Open Knee(s) for device design, simulation as service, etc. Paul Saluan emphasized his interest to join face-to-face group meetings; he will need to be informed four weeks in advance for scheduling.
  3. Recap of previous meeting minutes.
    • The discussions mainly focused on progress (see item above).
  4. Action items for following meeting.
    • See Immediate Action Items above.
  5. Other.
    • Yasin Dhaher visited Cleveland Clinic on May 11, 2015. Ahmet provided a tour of the laboratories and the Cleveland Clinic. They discussed various projects, not only limited to knee biomechanics but also including neuromechanics of other musculoskeletal joints. Yasin was able to join to a face-to-face meeting with other members of the Advisory Board and the Open Knee(s) development team (see above).
    • Rami Korhonen received funding to investigate multiscale mechanics of cartilage and the knee. It is likely that some synergy will be established between his proposed project and the Open Knee(s).
    • Ahmet has been trying to set up a meeting with Carl Winalski to devise a plan for evaluation of the knees from MRI.
    • Ahmet re-emphasized the need for surgeons' assistance during specimen dissection, particularly to curate secondary tissues. The team will reach out the physicians for potential scheduling.

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