Collen Francqui Chair 2019

Collen Francqui Chair 2019 - Professor Harry van Lenthe

Harry van Lenthe


Professor Vincent Blondel, rector the Université catholique de Louvain,

Professor Michel Verleysen, dean of the Louvain School of Engineering,

Professor Thomas Pardoen, President of the Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering,


Have the honor to invite you to the inaugural lecture held by Professor Harry van Lenthe on the Tuesday 12th of February 2019 at 4.15 pm, and to the following lectures.

The inaugural lecture will be followed by a reception in the Hall Sainte-Barbe.


Harry van Lenthe is Full Professor of Biomechanics at the Biomechanics Section in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KULeuven, Leuven, Belgium. His research focuses on the quality of bone, how it is changing during growth and aging, and on the interaction between bone and implants. He authored and coauthored over 100 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and 6 book chapters. Harry van Lenthe has received several awards including the European Society of Biomechanics Research Award (2000), a Fellowship from the Roche Research Foundation (2004), and the Young Investigator Award from the International Bone Densitometry Workshop (2004).


Inaugural lecture

Wolff’s Law of bone remodeling. From the Stone Age to your digital twin.

Bone is a fascinating material. During life, our bones can endure millions of loading cycles by muscle and joint forces without fracturing. At the same time, our skeleton is completely renewed roughly every ten years. This requires a complex interaction of bone breakdown and bone formation during which the stiffness and strength of the bone must be guaranteed. In addition, bones become stronger with increasing demands such as during high-impact sports; likewise, they get weaker under reduced loads such as long-term bed-rest. As an underlying mechanism, reference is often made to "Wolff’s Law", after the German anatomist and orthopedic surgeon Julius Wolff (1836-1902) who stated that bone will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. Though the exact mechanisms underlying bone’s functional adaptive response are only partly understood, Wolff’s Law can help explain human evolutionary changes in bone structure, explain bone loss after placement of an implant, and tailor daily activities for optimizing bone health.

Tuesday 12th of February at 4.15 pm
SUD08 Auditorium, place Croix du Sud, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve


Following lectures

From 10.45am to 12.45pm
Room A105 “Shannon” in the Maxwell building (floor +1) Place du Levant 3, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve

Wednesday 20th March, 2019 - Quantitative imaging of bone.

Wednesday 27th March, 2019 - Experimental bone mechanics.

Wednesday 3rd April, 2019 - Computational bone mechanics.  Exceptionally, this lecture will be held from 14:00 to 16:00, in room "SUD01".

Wednesday 24th April, 2019 - Bone adaptation and total joint prostheses.

Wednesday 8th May, 2019 - Microstructural model explaining functional bone adaptation.




Access to Louvain-la-Neuve

From Brussels :

Take the E411 motorway towards Namur, Luxembourg.
Take exit 8a marked ‘Louvain-la-Neuve’.
At the roundabout on the N4, follow ‘Louvain-la-Neuve Sud’, ‘Biéreau’ or Bruyères’ direction.
Follow parking P11, avenue Théodore Schwann
By foot, follow Auditoires Croix du Sud.


GPS parking ‘P11’: N 50° 40.117’ - E 4° 37.260’


No registration is necessary for attending the lectures.  They can be counted in a PhD training programme.