DIPARTIMENTO DI CHIMICA, MATERIALI E INGEGNERIA CHIMICA "GIULIO NATTA"

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person LUIGI LA BARBERA
label TEMPORARY PROFESSOR
share SECTION BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING
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group LaBS - CompBiomech
group LaBS - MeDBioMech
PROFILE

Current position

  • Since November 2020: Researcher (Law 240/2010, “junior”), s.s.d. ING-IND/34 – Industrial Bioengineering, s.c. 09/G2 – Bioengineering” (Dept. Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano)
  • Research groups: Computational Biomechanics; Biomechanics of Medical Devices
  • Memberships: European Society of Biomechanics (since 2012), Bioengineering National Group (since 2014), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) - Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices (since 2016), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and ORS Spine Section (since 2019)
  • Spine Track Chair for the 26th congress of the European Society of Biomechanics

Experience

  • November 2018 – October 2020: Post-doctoral Research Associate (Dept. Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal; CHU Sainte-Justine, Université de Montréal; TransMedTech Institute, Canada)
    Project: “Pre-operative planning and optimal instrumentation for the treatment of complex spinal deformities: towards a value-based integrated management approach
    Supervisor: Carl-Eric Aubin
  • March 2015 – October 2018: Post-doctoral Research Fellow (Dept. Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano)
    Main projects: “Biomechanical in vitro comparison of pedicle subtraction osteotomy and anterior column release for severe sagittal imbalance correction” (New Investigator Grant, Scoliosis Research Society, Milwaukee WI, USA), “On the treatment of vertebral metastasis with massive bone lysis: a biomechanical study” (FROM foundation, Bergamo)
  • April 2013 – October 2013: Visiting Ph.D. (Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Center of Musculoskeletal Research Ulm, Ulm University, Germany)
    Project: “Assessment of the international standards for the preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal implant by means of comparative finite element analysis and experimental testing
    Host: Prof. Hans-Joachim Wilke
  • November 2010 – February 2015: Research fellow (Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics, Dept. Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano)
    Main project: “Investigation on the value of standards for preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal implant through experimentally-validated finite element models” (Scuola Interpolitecnica di Dottorato, Politecnico di Torino, Milano e Bari)
    Advisor: Prof. Tomaso Villa

Education

  • March 2015: Ph.D. Degree in Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering (Scuola Interpolitecnica di Dottorato, Politecnico di Torino, Milano e Bari, Italy)
    Dissertation title: “Preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal fixators – Critical assessment of the current international standards and proposals for improvement” (http://hdl.handle.net/10589/109901)
  • July 2010: Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
    Dissertation title: “Viscoelastic behaviour of HXLPE under three-point bending loading
  • September 2007: Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
    Dissertation title: “Movement monitoring systems: components, applications and experimental tests

Scientific interests

  • In vitro, ex vivo and in silico characterization of biological tissues mechanics,
  • Biomechanical design and preclinical in silico, in vitro and ex vivo evaluation of orthopaedic and spinal devices, including custom-made 3D-printed prostheses,
  • Development and revision of ASTM/ISO standards for the mechanical characterization of medical devices,
  • Development of surgical techniques for spine stabilization in patients with osteoporosis, tumours and sagittal imbalance,
  • Patient-specific optimization of 3D correction of paediatric spinal deformities (scoliosis).

Selected publications

  • La Barbera L*, Larson AN, Rawlinson JJ, Aubin CE. “In silico patient-specific optimization of correction strategies for thoracic adolescent idiopathic scoliosis”. Clin Biomech. 2020 Oct 24. doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2020.105200
  • Ruspi ML, Palanca M, Cristofolini L*, Liebsch C, Villa T, Brayda-Bruno M, Galbusera F, Wilke H-J, La Barbera L. “Digital Image Correlation (DIC) assessment of the non-linear response of the Anterior Longitudinal Ligament of the spine during flexion and extension”. Materials 2020, 13(2), 384; doi: 10.3390/ma13020384
  • Palanca M*, Ruspi ML, Cristofolini L, Liebsch C, Villa T, Brayda-Bruno M, Galbusera F, Wilke HJ, La Barbera L. “The strain distribution in the lumbar anterior longitudinal ligament is affected by the loading condition and bony features: an in vitro full-field analysis”. PLoS One. 2020 Jan 14;15(1):e0227210. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0227210
  • La Barbera L, Cianfoni A, Ferrari A, Distefano D, Bonaldi G, Villa T*. “Stent-screw assisted internal fixation of osteoporotic vertebrae: a comparative finite element analysis on SAIF technique”. Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. 7:291. 25 Oct. 2019. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00291
  • La Barbera L*, Wilke HJ, Liebsch C, Villa T, Luca A, Galbusera F, Brayda-Bruno M. “Biomechanical comparison of anterior column realignment and pedicle subtraction osteotomy for severe sagittal imbalance correction”. Eur Spine J. 2019 Aug. 14. 29(1):36-44. doi: 10.1007/s00586-019-06087-x
  • La Barbera L, Cianfoni A, Ferrari A, Distefano D, Bonaldi G, Villa T*. “Stent-screw assisted internal fixation of severe lytic spinal metastases: a comparative finite element analysis on SAIF technique”. World Neurosurg. 2019 Aug; 128:e370-e377. doi: 10.1016/j.wneu.2019.04.154
  • La Barbera L*, Trabace M, Pennati G, Rodriguez Matas JF. “Modelling 3D-printed trabecular metal structures with a homogenization approach: application to hemipelvis reconstruction”. Int J Artif Organs. 2019 Oct; 42(10):575-585. doi: 10.1177/0391398819848001
  • Piovesan A, Berti F, Villa T, Pennati G, La Barbera L*. “Computational and experimental fatigue analysis for contoured spinal rods”. J Biomech Eng. Apr 2019, 141(4): 044505. doi: 10.1115/1.4042767
  • Berti F, La Barbera L*, Piovesan A, Allegretti D, Ottardi C, Villa T, Pennati G. “Residual stresses in titanium spinal rods: effects of two contouring methods and material plastic properties”. J Biomech Eng. 2018 May 31. 140(11): 111001. doi: 10.1115/1.4040451
  • La Barbera L*, Brayda-Bruno M, Liebsch C, Villa T, Luca A, Galbusera F, Wilke HJ. “Biomechanical advantages of supplemental accessory and satellite rods with and without interbody cages implantation for the stabilization of pedicle subtraction osteotomy”. Eur Spine J. 2018. 27(9):2357–2366. doi: 10.1007/s00586-018-5623-z.
  • La Barbera L*, Villa T. “Toward the definition of a new worst-case paradigm for the preclinical evaluation of posterior spinal stabilization devices”. Proc Inst Mech Eng H. 2017 Feb, 231(2):176-185. doi: 10.1177/0954411916684365