Associate Professor Egon Perilli

Associate Professor

College of Science and Engineering

place Tonsley (5.09)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Associate Professor Egon Perilli, Medical Device Research Institute, Flinders University; Affiliate Lecturer, Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide; Honorary Fellow, Dept. of Medicine, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne. Between 2008-2011: Senior Research Fellow, Bone & Joint Research Lab, Surgical Pathology, SA Pathology, Adelaide. His research is in 2D and 3D quantitative imaging of bone structure and biomaterials combined with biomechanical testing. The main field of research is in osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

He is the current President (2018-2021) of the Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS); 2015-2018 ANZORS Society Secretary.
2018- Board member, International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies (IFMRS).

He developed his scientific research background in Europe. 2007-2008: Post-Doctoral Researcher at company SkyScan, Kontich, Belgium (micro-CT systems manufacturer, now Bruker micro-CT), in collaboration with Visionlab, Dept. of Physics, University of Antwerp, Belgium. 2002-2007: Scientific researcher at Medical Technology Laboratory, Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy, carrying out research in bone micro-CT imaging combined with biomechanical testing.

His research projects involve a number of medical imaging techniques, in particular state of the art micro-CT, both in vitro and in vivo, of bone samples and entire bone segments, on human tissue and animal models. These techniques are used for quantitatively determining bone structure at micro and macro level, density and morphometry. The mechanical strength of the bone is determined via experimental testing, for investigating the relationships between bone structural parameters and mechanical properties.

He is supervisor of bone and joint-related research topics for post-doc, PhD and Honours projects. He is peer-reviewer for a number of international scientific journals; reviewer for Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Wellcome Trust (UK), Research Foundation Flaanders (Belgium), Dutch Arthritis Foundation (Netherlands).

Qualifications
PhD Bioengineering (Bologna, Italy), MSc Physics (Bologna, Italy)
Honours, awards and grants
  • Australian Resarch Council (ARC), "Large volume, multi-use micro-CT", 2018, $557k from ARC plus $495k from partner institutions; Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment & Facilities Grant (LIEF; LE180100136), Perilli E, Taylor M, Long JA, Tang Y, Sammut K, Cazzolato B, Xie Z, Seymour R, Ozbakkaloglu T, Ranjitkar S, Hutchinson MN.
  • Major Equipment grant, 2016, $61k, Flinders University (Reynolds KJ, Perilli E, Ryan M, Martelli S), acquisition of Digital Volume Correlation software (DVC, DaVis, LaVision, Germany)
  • Arthritis Australia, Project Grant, 2015, Crotti T, Dharmapatni A, Gibson R, Perilli E.
  • Catalyst Research Grant, Premier's Research and Industry Fund, 2014-2015, Adelaide, SA. Perilli E.
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering Collaborative Research Grant, Flinders University, 2014. Perilli E, Harmer SL, Kirkbride P.
  • South Australia - Emilia Romagna Research Collaboration Grant (Bone and Joints), Government of SA, 2014-2015. Reynolds KJ, Perilli E, Taylor M, Costi JJ.
  • Arthritis Australia-Zimmer Australia, Grant in Aid, 2013-2014, Perilli E, Thewlis D, Reynolds KJ.
  • AMGEN-GSK, Osteoporosis Australia-ANZBMS Clinical Grant Program 2012. Perilli E.
  • Vice-Chancellor Award for Early Career Researchers 2012, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.
  • Finalist best oral presentation 2012, Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, Perth, WA. Perilli E.
  • Early Career Researcher Award 2011, 1st prize, Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, Brisbane, QLD. Perilli E.
Key responsibilities

Supervisor and instrument leader of the Micro-CT imaging laboratory in Flinders University. See video on 7 News.

Teaching interests

Lectures in: Bone Biomechanics ENGR2732

Topic coordinator
ENGR8742 Biomedical Instrumentation GE
ENGR2742 Biomedical Instrumentation
ENGR7702 Biomaterials
ENGR7707 Medical Physics
Topic lecturer
ENGR2742 Biomedical Instrumentation
ENGR7702 Biomaterials
ENGR7707 Medical Physics
Supervisory interests
Bone biomechanics
Bone imaging, modelling and instrumentation
Fracture assessment
Metabolic bone disease
Modelling the structure of bone
Osteo-arthritis
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: Bone biomechanics, imaging, osteoarthritis (1), Bone biomechanics, imaging, implants, digital volume correlation (DVC) (1)
Associate supervisor: Bone biomechanics, fracture (1), Bone biomechanics, fracture fixation (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Bone biomechanics, imaging, osteoarthritis (1)
Associate supervisor: Bone imaging, modelling and instrumentation (1), Micro-CT imaging, animal models, inflammatory arthrits (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Sophie Rapagna

-World Council of Biomechanics (WCB) Student Bursary Award: Asia/Pacific, Africa, Central and South America (15 given, world-wide); Dublin, Ireland - MAR 2018

Sophie Rapagna

-Commonwealth Scholarships Program for South Australia (priority industry ‘Health Services and Medical Research’) Scholarship for $17,500 to be used towards her PhD study - MAR 2018

Bonnie Williams

-Best Basic Science Poster Presentation, Australian and New Zealand Rheumatology Association combined meeting, Auckland NZ - MAY 2017

Bryant C Roberts

-Finalist for Best Abstract, Australian New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) 21st Annual Meeting, Auckland, NZ - OCT 2015

Bryant C Roberts

-1st place, School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics - 3 Minute Thesis (3MT), Flinders University - SEP 2015

Bryant C Roberts

-Young Scientist Travel Award, Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting, Orlando Florida, USA - MAR 2016

Bryant C Roberts

-Travel Award, Australian New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) 21st Annual Meeting, Auckland, NZ - OCT 2015

Bryant C Roberts

-Winner, Best PhD student Oral Presentation Award, Australian New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) 23rd Annual Meeting, Adelaide SA, AUS - OCT 2017

Sophie Rapagna

-"The one to watch" Award, PhD Award Finalist, Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) 24th Annual Meeting, Perth WA, Australia - OCT 2018

Sophie Rapagna

-Finalist, European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) PhD Student Award (top 4, internationally), 26th Annual Congress, Milan, Italy, Online Presentation - JUL 2020

Sophie Rapagna

-European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) Travel Award (20 given, world-wide), 25th Annual Congress, Vienna, Austria - JUL 2019

Sopbie Rapagna

-Winner, Best PhD student Oral Presentation Award, Australian New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) 25th Annual Meeting, Canberra ACT, AUS - OCT 2019

Expert for media contact
Images/Imaging
Medical research
Orthopaedics
Osteoporosis
Tomography
Bone and joint biomechanics
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Media expertise
  • Images/Imaging
  • Medical research
  • Orthopaedics
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tomography
Interests
  • Bone and joint biomechanics
Further information

Egon in news1 news2

ARC Centre for Medical Implant Technologies 2020 Symposium

Sophie, my PhD student, ESB 2020 award finals (YouTube, go 35:43)

Lauren, my PhD student, ToScA 2020 (video)

PhD students supervision

Lauren Wearne (Flinders U., current) Quantifying press-fit tibial trays and primary stability. Princip.superv. A/Prof Egon Perilli; co-superv. Prof Mark Taylor.

Sophie Rapagna (Flinders U., current) Lower limb bone microarchitecture and biomechanics. Princ.s. A/Prof Egon Perilli; co-s. Prof Karen J Reynolds.

Marco G. Branni (QUT, current) Human femur micromechanics. Princ.s. A/Prof Saulo Martelli; co-s. A/Prof Egon Perilli, Prof Mark Taylor

Tyra Lange (Flinders U., current) Fracture fixation with screw insertion, Princ.s. Prof Karen J Reynolds, co-s. A/Prof Egon Perilli, A/Prof John Costi

Bonnie Williams (The U. of Adelaide, completed 2019) Pharmacological modulation of apoptosis and autophagy in an inflammatory arthritis mouse model. Princ. s. A/Prof Tania Crotti (The U. of Adelaide); co-s. A/Prof Egon Perilli.

Bryant Roberts (Flinders U., completed 2017) In vivo knee joint loads and tibial bone microarchitecture in knee osteoarthritis. Princ.s. Dr Egon Perilli; co-s. Prof Karen J Reynolds, A/Prof Dominic Thewlis (The U. of Adelaide).

Rosidah Ab-Lazid (Flinders U., completed 2016) Cancellous screw pullout strength at varying torque in human femoral heads. Princ.s. Prof Karen Reynolds; co-s. Dr Egon Perilli, A/Prof John Costi.

Affiliate Lecturer, Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, The U. of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

Honorary Fellow, Austin Health, The U. of Melbourne, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

ORCID: 0000-0002-2679-8394

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3D micro-CT image of a human distal humerus; sagittal cut (jpg)

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