Miss Helen Liley
I graduated from the University of Auckland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Biomedical Engineering. I then started PhD study with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in 2013.
Research | Current
The influence of the parasagittal groove angle on cartilage stress and degeneration in the equine metacarpo-phalangeal (fetlock) joint
The metacarpophalangeal (MCPJ), also known as the fetlock joint, is similar to the human knee, and is often used to evaluate human orthopaedic applications and cartilage pathology. Hence, it is useful for investigating equine and human musculoskeletal conditions. A recent study investigating the shape of the articulating surfaces of the MCJP highlighted that horses with a steeper parasagittal groove angle presented less bone lesions. We hypothesise that this may be due to reduced shear stresses (characterised by a Von Mises stress) at the articular calcified cartilage – subchondral bone (ACC-SCB) interface near the lateral parasagittal groove, which is a common site for fracture initiation.