Dr Egon Perilli

Senior Lecturer

College of Science and Engineering

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

Dr. Perilli, Senior Lecturer, 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 Society Secretary and President-elect (2018-2021) of the Australian New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS).

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, 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 and external reviewer of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Wellcome Trust (UK), Research Foundation Flaanders (Belgium), Dutch Arhtirits Foundation (Netherlands) grant applications.

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.
Research expertise
Biomedical engineering
Research interests
My research is in 2D and 3D quantitative imaging of bone structure and biomaterials combined with biomechanical testing. The main field of investigation is in musculoskeletal diseases, such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. The projects I am active in involve a number of biomedical 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, density and morphometric parameters. The mechanical strength of the bone is determined via experimental testing, for investigating the relationships between bone structural parameters and mechanical properties of the sample.
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)
Associate supervisor: Micro-CT imaging, animal models, inflammatory arthrits (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Bone biomechanics, imaging, osteoarthritis (1)
Associate supervisor: Bone imaging, modelling and instrumentation (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

Publications
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Images/Imaging
Medical research
Bone and joint biomechanics
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Interests
  • Bone and joint biomechanics
Further information

PhD students supervision

Sophie Rapagna (Flinders University, current) - Lower limb bone microarchitecture and biomechanics. Principal supervisor Dr Egon Perilli; co-supervisor Prof Karen J Reynolds.

Bonnie Williams (The University of Adelaide, current) - Pharmacological modulation of apoptosis and autophagy in a mouse model of inflammatory arthritis. Principal supervisor Dr Tania Crotti (The University of Adelaide); co-supervisor Dr Egon Perilli.

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

Rosidah Ab-Lazid (Flinders University, completed 2016) - Cancellous screw pullout strength at varying levels of torque in the human trabecular bone of femoral heads. Principal supervisor Prof Karen Reynolds; co-supervisors Dr Egon Perilli, A/Prof John Costi.

Affiliate Lecturer, Discipline of Anatomy and Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia.

Honorary Fellow, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2679-8394

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Publications on Pubmed

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