- Associate Professor Paige Little
- Principal Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Mechanical Medical & Process Engineering
- IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - IPTM
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- Biomedical Engineering
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Doctor of Philosophy (Biomedical Engineering) (Queensland University of Technology)
- Professional memberships
Spine Society of Australia
Computational biomechanics, finite element analysis, mathematical modelling, spine biomechanics, hip, cancer mechano-biology
Associate Professor Little is a Principal Fellow in Spine Research with the Biomechanics and Spine Research Group, a collaborative research group with members from both QUT and the Queensland Children’s Hospital in Brisbane. She leads the Spine Group, based at the Centre for Children’s Health Research.
Assoc/Prof Little’s expertise is in computational modelling for biomedical applications and she has extensive experience in the application of engineering and mathematical simulation techniques, modelling of physiological systems and mechanical characterization of spine biomechanics. Her skills are broadly in the use of 3D simulation, finite element modelling, non-invasive patient imaging, and advanced manufacturing to develop fundamental understanding of spine biomechanics and to design bespoke solutions for individual patients (particularly paediatric) with spinal deformity.
Assoc/Prof Little’s research is in the field of Biomedical Engineering, with specific interest in:
- Application of finite element modelling and development of custom-code to simulate patient-specific anatomy and biomechanics, for planning surgery and to improve fundamental understanding of spine treatments.
- Use of non-invasive imaging and assessment methods to create an integrated and measurable representation of an individual patient’s external cosmesis and internal anatomy. This integrated approach is applied to assist surgeons in treatment planning.
- Imaging includes: 3D surface scanning, 3D clinical image reconstructions (MRI, CT, biplanar imaging from EOS), 3D image registration/processing
- Assessment methods include: pressure mapping, surface deformation mapping
- Development of new virtual workflows, and additive manufacturing specifications to develop externally fitted orthoses for treating patients with deformity
- Development of advanced virtual design and manufacturing methods to create custom solutions to improve patient care
- Little P, de Visser H, Pearcy M, Adam C, (2008) Are coupled rotations in the lumbar spine largely due to the osseo-ligamentous anatomy? - a modeling study, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering p95-103
- Little J, Adam C, Evans J, Pettet G, Pearcy M, (2007) Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis of Anular Lesions in the L4/5 Intervertebral Disc, Journal of Biomechanics p2744-2751
- Little J, Pearcy M, Pettet G, (2007) Parametric Equations to Represent the Profile of the Human Intervertebral Disc in the Transverse Plane, Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing p939-945
- Little J, Pearcy M, Adam C, (2007) Coupled Rotations in the Lumbar Spine - Are These a Consequence of Passive Spinal Anatomy?, Proceedings 7th International Conference on Modelling in Medicine and Biology p83-92
- Cunningham H, Little J, Pearcy M, Adam C, (2007) The Effect of Soft Tissue Properties on Overall Biomechanical Response of a Human Lumbar Motion Segment: a Preliminary Finite Element Study, Proceedings 7th International Conference on Modelling in Medicine and Biology p93-102
- Little J, Adam C, Evans J, Pettet G, Pearcy M, (2006) Analysis of Anular Lesions in the L4/5 Intervertebral Disc: A Hyperealistic Model, Presented at: 5th World Congress of Biomechanics p28-29
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.