T M Turner

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, United States

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    ABSTRACT: A female white-naped crane (Grus vipio) was presented with an open, oblique fracture of the distal right tarsometatarsus and concomitant vascular and nerve damage. Conventional fracture fixation repairs failed, which led to implantation of a custom titanium limb prosthesis. After subsequent revisions with 2 different prosthetic devices, limb function was ultimately restored but a later yolk embolism caused a circulatory compromise in the opposite leg, which necessitated euthanasia. Histopathologic results revealed limited ingrowth of bone into the porous coated implant, which indicated that a limb prosthesis may provide salvage for long-legged, heavy-bodied birds with fractures of the tarsometatarsus.
    Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 09/2012; 26(3):167-75. · 0.52 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Porous metal coatings are widely used for fixation of orthopedic implants. In theory, materials with engineered structures and higher porosity could improve fixation by increasing bone ingrowth and reducing stress shielding. A 60-70% porous reticulated titanium foam was developed using a repliform process to serve as a scaffold for bone ingrowth in load-bearing orthopedic applications. Compressive and flexural properties were evaluated as a function of porosity. Bond strength to Ti-alloy substrates was evaluated. Abrasion and friction tests were conducted to compare the titanium foam to porous bead and plasma spray surfaces and morphological parameters were evaluated using image analysis. In vivo performance was studied in metaphyseal and diaphyseal canine models with implantation times of 3, 6, and 12 weeks. End points of the in vivo studies included quantitative histology and mechanical testing. The mean interconnecting pore diameter was around 200m, with pore cells approximately 530m in diameter. The ultimate compressive and flexural strengths were dependent on porosity, with compressive strengths of 79-93 MPa at ~70% porosity and 141 MPa at 64% porosity. The compressive modulus ranged from 2.5 GPa to 3.8 GPa. Flexural strength of samples near 70% porosity was in excess of 100 MPa. Abrasion resistance of the porous titanium coating was found to be equivalent to that of bead coatings while exceeding the abrasion resistance of plasma spray coatings. The coefficient of friction was higher than that of porous bead coatings and equivalent to that of plasma spray coatings. Lap-shear and tensile pull-off tests of coated Ti6Al4V substrates resulted in strengths greater than 40 MPa. The canine studies showed rapid bone ingrowth and integration of the porous titanium specimens in both trabecular and cortical bone. The extensive testing performed on this new porous titanium material has shown that it is suitable for orthopedic implant coatings and stand-alone implants.
    Materials and Processes 2009 Conference and Exposition American Society for Metals; 08/2009
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: A canine model was used to compare a new decellularized porcine dermal graft to two control xenografts currently in clinical use for augmenting repair of a complete Achilles tendon rupture. Methods: Eighteen canines had surgical transection and xenograft graft-augmented repair of the Achilles tendon. Nine dogs were studied for 6 weeks and 9 for 12 weeks. For each time period, 3 dogs received a non-cross-linked porcine dermal graft (BIOTAPE XM, Wright Medical Technology); 3 received a multi-layered porcine small intestine submucosa graft (Restore Orthobiologic Soft Tissue Implant, DePuy); and 3 dogs received a cross-linked equine pericardium graft (OrthADAPT FX Bioimplant, Pegasus Biologics). At the end of the study periods, cellular and vascular infiltration, graft incorporation, remodeling of the grafts, and inflammation were characterized from serial histological sections. Results: There were distinct differences among the 3 grafts with regard to the degree of inflammation, incorporation by the host, and remodeling and replacement of the implanted collagen matrices. Most of the porcine dermal graft was still evident surrounding the tendon. It was substantially repopulated with fibroblasts and blood vessels, and there were focal sites of incorporation of the graft into tendon. In contrast, only scant remnants of the porcine small intestine submucosa graft remained at 6 and 12 weeks, except for a layer of fibrous tissue surrounding the tendon and foci of inflammatory cells. The cross-linked equine pericardium graft demonstrated a pronounced foreign-body response and little incorporation by host tissue. Conclusions: The 3 xenografts demonstrated marked differences in rates of remodeling and replacement and the nature and degree of inflammatory response, although clinically, a similar functional result was obtained. The durability and biocompatibility of the porcine dermal graft may be important for continued augmentation of the injured site until complete tendon healing and function is achieved.
    Materials and Processes 2009 Conference and Exposition American Society for Metals; 08/2009
  • Thomas M Turner
    Veterinary Surgery 08/2009; 38(5):553-4. · 1.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vertebroplasty was developed to mechanically reinforce weakened vertebral bodies. Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) bone cement has been most commonly used but carries risks of thermal injury and respiratory and cardiovascular complications. Calcium phosphate (CaP) offers the potential for biological resorption and replacement with new bone, restoring vertebral body mass and height. To compare compressive strength, elastic modulus of the adjacent motion segments, and histologic response of vertebral bodies injected with either CaP or PMMA in a canine vertebroplasty model. By using a canine vertebroplasty model, two level vertebroplasties were performed at L1 and L3 and studied for 1 month (n=10) and 6 months (n=10). In each canine, one vertebral defect was randomly injected with either CaP cement (BoneSource; Stryker, Freiberg, Germany) or PMMA. Twenty dogs had an iatrogenically created cavitary lesion at two nonadjacent levels injected with either CaP or PMMA. Canines from each group were tested mechanically (n=5) and histologically (n=5). Histology consisted of axial sections of the L1 and L3 vertebral bodies and high-resolution contact radiographs. Sections from each specimen were embedded in plastic without decalcification to study the bone-cement interface. Bone-cement interfaces were compared for evidence of necrosis, fibrosis, foreign body response, cement resorption, and new bone formation between the PMMA and CaP treatments groups. Mechanical compression testing was performed on specimens from the 1-month (n=5) and 6-month (n=5) time periods. The T13 vertebral body was used as an intact control for the destructive compression testing of L1 and L3. Each vertebral body was compressed to 50% of its original height under displacement control at 15 mm/min to simulate a nontraumatic loading situation. Force and displacement data were recorded in real time. Vertebral sites containing PMMA were characterized by a thin fibrous membrane. PMMA was detected within the trabeculae, vascular channels, and the spinal canal. Unlike PMMA, CaP underwent resorption and remodeling with vascular invasion and bone ingrowth. Woven and lamellar bone was found on the CaP cement surface, within the remodeled material, and on the surrounding trabeculae. Vertebral body compression strength testing revealed no significant difference in vertebral body height and compressive strength between PMMA and CaP. There was a trend for CaP-treated vertebrae to increase in compressive strength from 1 month to 6 months, whereas PMMA decreased compressive strength when compared with adjacent nontreated vertebrae. For both short and intermediate time periods, the injection of CaP cement can be an effective method to treat large vertebral defects. Early results indicate that CaP remodeling might result in the resorption of the majority of the cement with replacement by lamellar bone.
    The Spine Journal 01/2008; 8(3):482-7. · 3.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Calcium phosphates (CaPO4) and faster-resorbing calcium sulfate (CaSO4) are successfully employed as synthetic bone grafts for treatment of contained defects. We used a canine critical-sized bone defect model to study an injectable CaSO4/CaPO4 composite graft that incorporated a matrix of CaSO4 and dicalcium phosphate dihydrate into which beta-tricalcium phosphate granules were distributed. The area fraction, ultimate compressive stress, and elastic modulus of restored bone and the relative rates of material resorption were compared between the CaSO4/CaPO4 composite graft and pure CaSO4 pellets and to normal canine bone. The area fraction of bone in stained sections and the ultimate compressive stress of the regenerated bone were greater using the CaSO4/CaPO4 composite graft compared to pure CaSO4 pellets after 13 and 26 weeks and were greater than normal bone. The elastic modulus of restored bone in defects treated with CaSO4/CaPO4 composite graft was greater than in defects treated with CaSO4 pellets after 26 weeks, but similar to specimens of normal bone. A small amount of CaSO4/CaPO4 composite graft and no CaSO4 pellets remained after 13 or 26 weeks. This novel CaSO4/CaPO4 composite holds promise for clinical applications where a strong, injectable, slower-resorbing, and biocompatible bone graft substitute would be advantageous.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 07/2007; 459:110-7. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The procedure of using of porous titanium granules for cementless fixation of a hip replacement femoral stem was studied in a hemiarthroplasty model in 10 canines for 6 months. A vibrating instrument was used to facilitate both the delivery and distribution of the irregularly shaped porous titanium granules into the femoral canal as well as the subsequent insertion of a titanium alloy stem into the intramedullary bed of granules. Histological examination revealed lamellar bone formation through the mantle of porous titanium granules in continuity with the surrounding cortex resulting in the formation of an integrated mantle of bone and titanium granulate around the prosthesis.
    Upsala journal of medical sciences 02/2007; 112(2):191-7. · 0.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The procedure of using of porous titanium granules for cementless fixation of a hip replacement femoral stem was studied in a hemiarthroplasty model in 10 canines for 6 months. A vibrating instrument was used to facilitate both the delivery and distribution of the irregularly shaped porous titanium granules into the femoral canal as well as the subsequent insertion of a titanium alloy stem into the intramedullary bed of granules. Histological examination revealed lamellar bone formation through the mantle of porous titanium granules in continuity with the surrounding cortex resulting in the formation of an integrated mantle of bone and titanium granulate around the prosthesis.
    Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences - UPSAL J MED SCI. 01/2007; 112(2):191-197.
  • Mark S Cohen, Thomas M Turner, Robert M Urban
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    ABSTRACT: Titanium implants are an alternative to stainless steel implants for internal fixation after fracture. The advantages of titanium include decreased implant stiffness, increased bio-compatibility, and diminished stress shielding. However, titanium has been implicated in tendon irritation and adhesions when used in the hand and wrist. We evaluated the relationship between extensor tendon morphology and dorsal plating of the distal radius in a canine model using distal radius pi plates made of stainless steel, titanium, and titanium alloy with a modified ramped edge design. We found marked histologic changes in the tendons and surrounding soft tissues including tendon deformation and degeneration (fibrillation, cartilage metaplasia, hypocellularity and hyalinization of blood vessels), peritendonous adhesions and neovascularity in the parenchyma. Only a minimal inflammatory cell infiltrate was identified and was limited to the tenosynovium and/or paratenon. No differences were identified between titanium and stainless steel implants and those with a ramped design. Although all animals lost wrist motion with time, no differences were observed between groups. Our results suggest that pi plate placement on the dorsal surface of the distal radius may lead to extensor tendon irritation and dysfunction. There is no evidence to suggest that this is specifically related to titanium or plate edge design.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 05/2006; 445:81-90. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gaps at the interface between implant and bone increase the risk of diminished implant fixation and eventual loosening. The purpose of the present study was to determine if combined use of recombinant human transforming growth factor-beta 2 (rhTGF-beta2) and bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2) led to greater implant fixation strength in the presence of interface gaps than the use of either growth factor alone. Twenty-eight skeletally mature adult male dogs received one porous-coated titanium implant in the proximal part of each humerus, for a total of fifty-six implantation sites. Spacers were used to establish an initial 3-mm gap between the implant and the host bone at all fifty-six sites. Forty-two implants were coated with hydroxyapatite-tricalcium phosphate and were used in three growth-factor-treatment groups in which the implants placed in the left humerus were loaded with 12 microg of rhTGF-beta2 (Group 1, seven animals), 25 microg of rhBMP-2 (Group 2, seven animals), or 12 microg of rhTGF-beta2 combined with 25 microg of rhBMP-2 (Group 3, seven animals). In these animals, the twenty-one implants that were placed in the right humerus were loaded with buffer only to serve as contralateral controls. In Group 4 (seven animals), the implants were not coated with hydroxyapatite-tricalcium phosphate, the gap in the left humerus was lightly packed with autogenous bone graft, and the gap in the right humerus was left empty to serve as a contralateral control. All animals were killed at twenty-eight days. The primary end points included three mechanical variables: fixation strength, interface stiffness, and energy to failure. Secondary end points included bone ingrowth and bone volume and trabecular architecture in the gap and in a region located 2 mm medial to the implantation site. The hydroxyapatite-tricalcium phosphate coating had no effect on implant fixation, bone ingrowth, or bone formation in the 3-mm gap. Individual growth factor treatments led to 2.3 to 3.2-fold increases in fixation strength and stiffness as compared with the values for the contralateral controls (p < 0.05). The combined growth factor treatment led to 5.7-fold increases in fixation strength and stiffness compared with the values for the contralateral controls (p < 0.01). Autogenous bone graft treatment was associated with 4.5 to 6.4-fold increases in implant fixation strength and stiffness as compared with the values for the contralateral controls (p < 0.01). Compared with the relevant contralateral controls, energy to failure was increased 3.5-fold in association with TGF-beta2 alone (p < 0.05), 4.5-fold in association with TGF-beta2 combined with BMP-2 (p < 0.01), and 2.5-fold in association with autogenous bone-grafting. As much as 63% of the variance in the mechanical end points was associated with variance in bone volume and architecture in the 3-mm gap and in the region of interest located 2 mm medial to the implantation site (p < 0.01). In this animal model, the combined use of TGF-beta2 and BMP-2 led to more secure mechanical fixation of the implant than did the use of either growth factor alone and demonstrated results that were similar to those associated with the use of autogenous bone graft.
    The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 04/2006; 88(4):806-17. · 3.23 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We asked if tobramycin-loaded calcium sulfate pellets could be used to maintain high local site antibiotic concentrations for an extended period with minimal systemic levels and without adverse effects on vital organs. Calcium sulfate pellets loaded with 10% tobramycin were implanted in contained medullary defects in the proximal humeri of canines. The number of pellets implanted was calculated to yield an equivalent human maximum prescribed dose, and 1.8-fold this dose. These doses converted to approximately 20 mg/kg, and 36 mg/kg, respectively, for the canine. Local and systemic tobramycin levels, pellet resorption, bone response, clinical pathology parameters, and histopathologic responses of potential target organs were analyzed to determine if there was any adverse response for a 28-day period. Serum tobramycin was elevated for less than one day while local levels remained elevated for at least 14 days, and in some animals, 28 days. Tobramycin delivered locally from calcium sulfate pellets had no apparent adverse effect on clinical pathology parameters or on any of the organs that were analyzed. In addition, bone formation and pellet resorption followed patterns typically seen with calcium sulfate materials.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 09/2005; · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if acetabular articular cartilage damage occurs in the presence or absence of changes in subchondral plate thickness or porosity and trabecular bone architecture after hip hemiarthroplasty. Eight canines were sacrificed 6 months after receiving unilateral hemiarthroplasties in which a cobalt chrome alloy femoral head was used. The acetabular cartilage, subchondral plate, and trabecular bone were quantitatively evaluated. Although the articular cartilage in the treated hip showed gross and histologic degenerative changes, there were no differences in the treated and contralateral hips in any of the trabecular bone parameters or subchondral plate thickness. However, the subchondral plate porosity was increased 2.6-fold in the treated hip. Therefore, degradation of cartilage can occur in the absence of thickening of the subchondral plate or alterations in the supporting trabecular bone architecture. These observations provide a better understanding of the role that periarticular bone has in the degenerative process after hemiarthoplasty.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 09/2005; · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if acetabular articular cartilage damage occurs in the presence or absence of changes in subchondral plate thickness or porosity and trabecular bone architecture after hip hemiarthroplasty. Eight canines were sacrificed 6 months after receiving unilateral hemiarthroplasties in which a cobalt chrome alloy femoral head was used. The acetabular cartilage, subchondral plate, and trabecular bone were quantitatively evaluated. Although the articular cartilage in the treated hip showed gross and histologic degenerative changes, there were no differences in the treated and contralateral hips in any of the trabecular bone parameters or subchondral plate thickness. However, the subchondral plate porosity was increased 2.6-fold in the treated hip. Therefore, degradation of cartilage can occur in the absence of thickening of the subchondral plate or alterations in the supporting trabecular bone architecture. These observations provide a better understanding of the role that periarticular bone has in the degenerative process after hemiarthoplasty.
    Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 07/2005; 437:157-163. · 2.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Several previous studies of bone repair have shown 2- to 4-fold increases in bone formation following local delivery of exogenous transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta). Here, we use quantitative backscatter electron microscopy to test the effect of TGF-beta1 on mineralization of regenerated bone by examining tissue samples from a previously published canine study in which we found increased bone formation. In the experiment, the proximal humeri of 10 male canines were implanted bilaterally for 28 days with porous-coated implants in the presence of a 3 mm gap between the surface of the implant and the host bone. Implants placed in the left humeri were treated with TGF-beta1 at a dose of either 120 microg (n = 5) or 335 microg (n = 5), and the implants placed in the contralateral humeri served as untreated controls. Quantitative backscatter scanning electron microscopy was used to assess the volume fraction of bone and its degree of mineralization in the 3 mm gaps. The calibrated grayscale mean and median values were depressed compared to the controls in the high dose group (p = 0.048 and p = 0.041, respectively), suggesting that high dose TGF-beta delayed or inhibited mineralization of newly formed osteoid.
    Calcified Tissue International 06/2005; 76(5):379-84. · 2.75 Impact Factor
  • The Spine Journal 09/2004; 4(5). · 3.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The addition of a plasticizer to synthetic bone graft substitutes can improve handling characteristics, injectability, and the ability to uniformly fill defects. Restoration of large medullary bone defects using an injectable calcium sulfate-based putty using hydroxypropylmethylcellose as the plasticizer was compared to conventional calcium sulfate paste in a canine model. Beginning 2 weeks following implantation, serial clinical and specimen radiographs demonstrated a similar progressive resorption of the implanted materials and replacement with new bone for both the putty and paste forms of calcium sulfate. The area fraction of new bone and remaining implant material in bone defects treated with the putty were not significantly different from defects treated with conventional calcium sulfate paste after 13 and 26 weeks. In addition to its handling characteristics, the putty was biocompatible and as effective as conventional calcium sulfate paste in achieving substantial bony restoration of a large, critical-size bone defect.
    Orthopedics 02/2004; 27(1 Suppl):s155-9. · 1.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A new, modified calcium sulfate has been developed with a different crystalline structure and a compressive strength similar to many calcium phosphate materials, but with a resorption profile only slightly slower than conventional surgical-grade calcium sulfate. A canine bilateral defect model was used to compare restoration of defects treated with the modified calcium sulfate compared to treatment using conventional calcium sulfate pellets after 6, 13, and 26 weeks. The modified calcium sulfate pellets were as effective as conventional calcium sulfate pellets with regard to the area fraction and compressive strength of newly formed bone in the treated bone defects. Mechanical testing demonstrated that the initial compressive strength of the modified material was increased nearly three-fold compared to that of conventional surgical-grade calcium sulfate. This increase potentially allows for its use in a broader range of clinical applications, such as vertebral and subchondral defects.
    Orthopedics 02/2004; 27(1 Suppl):s113-8. · 1.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the present study was to determine if recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) enhances bone ingrowth into porous-coated implants and gap healing around the implants. In the presence of a 3-mm gap between the implant and host bone, porous-coated implants were placed bilaterally for four weeks in the proximal humeri of skeletally mature, adult male dogs. In three treatment groups, the test implant was treated with HA/TCP and rhBMP-2 in buffer at a dose of 100 microg/implant (n=5), 400 microg/implant (n=6), or 800 microg/implant (n=5) and placed in the left humerus. In these same animals, an internal control implant was treated only with HA/TCP and buffer and placed in the right humerus. These groups were compared with a previously reported external control group of seven animals in which no growth factor was delivered [J. Orthop. Res. 19 (2001) 85]. The BMP treated implants in the two lower dose groups had significantly more bone ingrowth than the external controls with the greatest effect in the 100 g/implant group (a 3.5-fold increase over the external control, p=0.008). All three dose groups had significantly more bone formation in the 3-mm gap surrounding the BMP treated implants than the external controls with the greatest effect in the 800 microg group (2.9-fold increase, p<0.001). Thus, application of rhBMP-2 to a porous-coated implant stimulated local bone ingrowth and gap healing. The enhancement of bone formation within the implant (bone ingrowth) was inversely related to dose.
    Journal of Orthopaedic Research 01/2004; 22(1):58-65. · 2.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: New bone formation and resorption of a calcium sulfate bone graft substitute implanted in five canines were evaluated in this study. Healing was assessed radiographically at 2, 6, and 13 weeks. At 13 weeks, the dogs were sacrificed, and the humeri were retrieved. High-resolution contact radiographs of the isolated humeri were obtained and the bones were sectioned for histology. Radiographically, the calcium sulfate appeared to be completely resorbed and replaced by bone at 13 weeks. Histological findings suggest that a residual amount of calcium sulfate remained, which may continue to act as an osteoconductive scaffolding. No adverse inflammatory response was observed.
    Orthopedics 06/2003; 26(5 Suppl):s577-9. · 1.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: An injectable, hard-setting, calcium sulfate-based putty containing demineralized bone matrix particles (AlloMatrix II, Wright Medical Technology, Inc, Arlington, Tenn) was compared to autogenous cancellous bone graft to evaluate healing in a canine model. Area fraction of new bone, modulus of elasticity, and compressive strength of new bone were evaluated, as was radiographic and histologic healing. Bilateral defects were created in the proximal humeri, and each defect was implanted with either the putty or autogenous bone according to a randomized schedule. Dogs were euthanized at 6, 13, and 26 weeks. The area fraction, modulus of elasticity, and compressive strength of newly formed bone was not significantly different between the putty and autogenous bone at 6, 13, or 26 weeks. The putty had excellent handling characteristics, was biocompatible, and was as effective as autograft bone in achieving near complete bony restoration of a large, critical-sized defect.
    Orthopedics 06/2003; 26(5 Suppl):s561-5. · 1.05 Impact Factor

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Institutions

  • 1989–2009
    • Rush University Medical Center
      • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
      Chicago, IL, United States
  • 2005
    • Rush Medical College
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 1993
    • Radboud University Nijmegen
      Nymegen, Gelderland, Netherlands