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Dan is currently pursuing post-doctoral work, continuing his research with clinical patients. In the near future, he plans to transition into a science policy-related field.

Dan Hageman - NCV's Former Assistant Dean

 

Understanding the human musculoskeletal system, from both an outside-in and inside-out perspective, is an ever-pressing challenge within the biomedical field. Dan’s work takes two approaches towards bridging the gap between ‘global’ and ‘local’ events relevant to the function of both the musculoskeletal and lymphatic systems.


Dan’s initial work sought to develop visualisation techniques for human bone structure at the nano-scale. Utilising novel multibeam Scanning Electron Microscopy (mSEM), high throughput images were acquired and stitched together to form comprehensive ‘maps’ of the acquired specimens. The commonly used ‘Google Map’ platform was then incorporated to visualise, zoom in/out, and navigate around these maps, enabling analysis of the relationships between osteocytes, local vasculature, and periosteum.


Further, in investigating the lymphatic system, Dan worked closely with breast cancer survivors afflicted with lymphoedema, a disorder that commonly affects patients following surgery and a disruption to the lymphatic nodal network. This disruption typically leads to extreme swelling and potential loss of limb function in chronic cases. While typical treatments include the application of compression sleeves, the efficacy of such approaches, whether prophylactic or post-onset, has yet to be confirmed. Much of the work of Dan’s dissertation focussed on the use of commercial/custom pressure sensors, as well as the Digital Image Correlation (DIC) technique, to develop comprehensive pressure and strain profiles as delivered by compression sleeves. In doing such, it’s hoped that not only the connection of sleeve function and volumetric reduction efficacy can be confirmed, but that we can better understand the necessary mechanisms that need to be implicated to develop and apply bespoke garments for individual patients.

 

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