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J Gary Bledsoe
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering Department
Saint Louis University, USA
Dr. Bledsoe became interested in biomaterials early in his graduate study. Others in the program were interested in materials used in cardiovascular applications, and some of those students findings were applicable to materials used in bone, especially with respect to inflammatory events following implantation. That early interest in biomaterials used in orthopaedic applications led to a long collaborative relationship with the orthopaedic surgeons at Saint Louis University, and much of the work has focused on trauma in osteoporotic patients.
Dr. Gary Bloedsoe's interests are topics related to fixation in osteoprotic bone, pelvic fractures, fractures of the neck of the femur, and vertebral fractures. Also of interest is how locked plate designs perform in osteoporotic bone, and Dr. Bledsoe and his colleagues were among the first to document failure modes of locked plates in severely osteoporotic bone. Ongoing projects focus on distraction of vertebral fractures and fracture fixation through the sacroiliac joint.