Dr Matthias Brockmeyer is an orthopaedic surgeon, with expertise in the fields of arthroscopy (hip, knee, shoulder), knee ligament and meniscus surgery, shoulder surgery, and sports medicine. He completed his MD, Saarland University Medical Center, in 2009 and his doctoral thesis, Saarland University, in 2012. His doctoral thesis on “Reliability testing of a new device to measure tibial rotation” was published in 2009.
He has published 12 papers in peer reviewed papers in international journals and more than 20 abstract presentations in scientific associations.
He is in charge of the section: Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder Surgery and Sports Traumatology, Clinic of Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery at Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg/Saar (Germany), since 2017.
He has been an active member in the following societies: European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), German Society for Orthopaedics and Trauma (DGOU), Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery (AGA), German Association for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (DVSE), Society for Orthopaedic Traumatologic Sports Medicine (GOTS), German Society of Sports Medicine.
Dr Magali Cucchiarini (PhD) is currently an Associate Professor at the Saarland University and Saarland University Medical Center, Homburg/Saar, Germany (Molecular Biology). Her work covers approaches in regenerative medicine for the musculoskeletal system with a focus on cartilage repair and osteoarthritis.
She has been an Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology at the Saarland University and Saarland University Medical Center for five years prior to being promoted by her University. Before joining the Saarland University, Dr. Cucchiarini worked for three years as a Senior Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard (Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA) in the field of HIV gene therapy.
Prior to moving to the USA, she worked for two years at the University Hospital Inselsspital, Bern Switzerland on HCV immunology and vaccination at the Department of Internal Medicine.
Dr Cucchiarini teaches in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, gene therapy, and tissue engineering.
She completed her PhD in 1995 at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France in Life Sciences. She worked there on HIV gene therapy and was involved in the teaching of the University on Virology and Immunology.
Dr Cucchiarini has published more than 150 articles in various journals such as Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics, Advanced Materials, Nature Reviews Rheumatology, Acta Biomaterialia, Science Translational Medicine, Tissue Engineering, Molecular Therapy, Gene Therapy, Human Gene Therapy, the Journal of Clinical Medicine, AJSM, O&C, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, and Sci. Cells Transl. Med. ,among others.
She is a current member of the Basic Science Committee of ESSKA, She is the current Chair of the Ethics & Governance Committee of the OARSI and the Scientific Programme Co-Chair of the upcoming ICRS World Congress (2021).
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Prof. Lars Engebretsen is currently the Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Oslo University Clinic and Head of Medical Sciences in the International Olympic Committee. Professor Engebretsen has published over 400 articles and book chapters, with a citation index (H-index) of 56.
He is among the world’s most productive in clinical, epidemiological and basic science research in the areas of general sports medicine, knee ligaments, cartilage and prevention of sports injuries and illnesses. He has received research grants and awards from many agencies and associations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Norwegian Council for Research in Science and Humanities, the Norwegian Ministry of Health, the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the International Olympic Committee. He and his group have won several research awards around the world, and he was inducted into the AOSSM Hall of Fame in July 2015 and became an ESSKA Honorary member in 2016 and ISAKOS Honorary member in 2017. He received the Nordic Prize in Medicine in 2016.
Prof. Engebretsen is involved with three research groups: Knee ligaments together with May Arna Risberg in Oslo and Robert LaPrade in Vail, Colorado, the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center co-chaired with professor Roald Bahr and emphasizing prevention of injuries and diseases in sports, and the Oslo Cartilage Group, which encompasses research from the cell to rehab after surgery, involving molecular biologists, pathologists, radiologists, physiotherapists and orthopedic surgeons.
In 1997, the cartilage group performed the first knee joint chondrocyte transplantation in Norway. Since then, the group has had major emphasis on translational research. The group works closely with the Stem Cell group led by dr Brinchmann and has optimized chondrocyte and stem cell cultivation while at the same time developing surgical techniques for implantation. Professor Engebretsen has been the President of the Norwegian Sports Medicine Society, the Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine and European Society of Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy (ESSKA).
Prof. Engebretsen is or has been a board member of many other societies including, but not limited to, the Norwegian Society of Sports Medicine, the Scandinavian Foundation of Medicine & Science in Sports, the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the Orthopedic Research Society and International Knee Society. He is the Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (IPHP edition), Associate Editor of Journal of Bone and Joint (the most prestigious journal in orthopedics) and on the editorial board of American Journal of Sports Medicine, Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy and Sports Traumatology, and The Knee and is a regular reviewer for all the major orthopedic and sports traumatology journals.
Dr Giuseppe Filardo is an orthopaedic surgeon and researcher focusing on clinical and basic research on regenerative medicine for the musculoskeletal system, with a particular focus on cartilage treatments. He works as Chief Research Advisor of the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in the Applied and Translational Research Center, Bologna, Italy, as Adjunct Professor at the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna, Italy, and as Head of Clinical Research at the Ospedale Regionale di Lugano, Switzerland.
Specialised in Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute (Bologna, Italy), Dr. Filardo was a research fellow at Rush Cartilage Restoration Center in Chicago (IL), USA, and a traveling fellow in the SIGASCOT-GOTS fellowship and in the Peterson-SANOFI ICRS fellowship. He completed his studies with a PhD on “cartilage regenerative treatments” at the Bologna University, Italy.
President of the “Cartilage and Regenerative Medicine Committee” of the Italian Society SIAGASCOT. Member of the “Cartilage Committee” of ESSKA. Deputy co-chair of the “Fellowship Committee” of ICRS. All his translational and clinical research activities converge toward the study of orthobiologics for the musculoskeletal system, with a strong focus on the development of minimally invasive treatments, as well as the identification of potential, indications, and limits of the new emerging regenerative approaches. His scientific activities led to more than 300 publications.
Dr Liang Gao currently works as a senior Research Fellow at the Center of Experimental Orthopaedics, Saarland University, Germany. He studied medicine and undertook the orthopaedic residency training (2006-2013) at Peking University Medical Center, China. He received the master of science degree (2014) from Heidelberg University, Germany and the doctorate (summa cum laude) under the mentorship of Prof. Henning Madry (2018) from Saarland University, Germany. His clinical interests include sports medicine and joint preservation surgery. His translational research focuses on regenerative medicine and gene therapy approaches for musculoskeletal disorders, especially osteochondral injuries and early osteoarthritis.
He was the winner of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad (2017), the Travelling Fellowship (2018) of International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society, and the Best Reviewer Award (2019) of the Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics.
He is currently the Associate Editor of the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Editorial Board Member of Annals of Translational Medicine, PeerJ and Open Orthopaedics Journal, and Ad-hoc Reviewer for over 20 medical journals.
Dr Lars Goebel is currently working at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Saarland University Medical Center with Prof. Stefan Landgraeber and the Center of Experimental Orthopaedics, Saarland University with Prof. Henning Madry.
His research interest focuses on osteoarthritis, articular cartilage repair and high resolution imaging of the osteochondral unit. In his leisure time he enjoys spending time with his wife taking long walks with their dog.
Dr Enrique Gómez-Barrena is Full Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon and Associated Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Hospital Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain, since 2010.
He completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery in Madrid in 1992, completing an Orthopaedic Research Fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York in 1994.
He is principal investigator on experimental and clinical studies and trials in different orthopaedic fields, including the coordination of a H2020 project (EU-Orthounion).
He has been EORS President from 2011 to 2014, also sitting at the EORS Board as Vice-President (2008-11) and Past President (2014-16).
Currently, he is Chair of Education and Board Member at EFORT, and member of the EKA section and of the Basic Science Committee at ESSKA.
Ferran Abat González
Dr Ferran Abat González’ professional life has been dedicated to sports orthopedics combined with attention to patients and research. Working with ultrasound, electrolysis, growth factors, stem cells, eccentric exercise, sonosurgery and other minimal invasive techniques he was able to treat many sports injuries with special focus in tendons and muscles.
He has created tow advanced interdisciplinary sports orthopedics centers called RESPORT CLINIC in Barcelona, where after much research and teamwork his team has created the “ReSport Method” for the treatment of sports injuries. Working daily at his clinic and as university professor in the Faculty of Sports Sciences and Health at Blanquerna, Ramon Llull University of Barcelona.
Dr Abat González is part of the Board the AEA (Spanish Arthroscopy Association) as a member of Communications and Institutional Relations, as well as part of the Basic Science Committee the ESSKA.
Throughout his professional career, he has participated in numerous congresses nationally and internationally as well as taught courses in the field of traumatology, sports surgery, minimal invasive techniques, biologic treatments, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and return to play.
Dr Abat González has published numerous scientific articles on sports orhopaedics, physiotherapy and rehabilitation as well as international books. He is also part of the editorial committee of prestigious scientific journals as well as a regular reviewer of the main journals in the field of sports traumatology.
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Prof. Jón Karlsson is Professor of Orthopaedics and Sports Traumatology at the Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Originally from Iceland, he has worked at Sahlgrenska University Hospital since 1981. His clinical focus is knee surgery, especially complex knee injuries, knee dislocations and revision surgery. He works as foot and ankle surgeon as well.
His PhD thesis in 1989 was devoted to ”Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability”, and since then he has more than 500 peer-reviewed publications, over 100 book chapters and over 40 textbooks in orthopaedics and sports traumatology.
He has mentored 60 PhD students and is currently (since 12 years) the Editor-in-Chief of KSSTA (Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy).
He has also been the care-taking physician of professional football club (IFK Göteborg) since 1984.
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Dr Robert F. LaPrade is a complex orthopaedic knee and sports medicine surgeon who practices at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, USA. He serves as the chief medical officer and co-director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.
Dr LaPrade is known as a specialised clinician scientist who has utilised his comprehensive research on sports medicine injuries to improve patient care and invent novel ways to treat knee problems. Many of the surgeries that he has devised have been performed worldwide.
Dr LaPrade has special expertise in treating posterolateral knee injuries, PCL tears, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal repairs and transplants, MCL injuries, knee dislocations, knee osteotomies, fresh osteoarticular allografts, and other difficult complex and revision injuries.
Dr LaPrade has published more than 425 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, 100 book chapters, and has given over 1,000 professional presentations, symposia, and instructional course lectures. Dr LaPrade has been on the AJSM Editorial Board since 1998 and the KSSTA Editorial Board since 2007. He and his team have won many awards, including the Trillat Young Investigator Award from ISAKOS (twice), J. Albert Key Research Award from the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, 3M Excellence in Clinical Research Award from the AOSSM, Excellence in Research Award from the AOSSM (3 times), Achilles Award from ISAKOS (twice), Cabaud Award from the AOSSM (twice), Nicola Foundation Young Investigator, Best Meeting Poster and Best Paper in Ligaments and Biomechanics awards from ESSKA, and an OREF Kappa Delta Award, considered the “Nobel Prize of Orthopedics”.
In addition, Dr LaPrade is recognised internationally as an outstanding mentor and teacher, having been awarded several teaching awards, including four annual teaching awards given by fellows of the Steadman Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship programme and has mentored international fellows from all continents.
Prof. Martin Lind has clinical expertise in complex knee surgery with special interest in patellofemoral instability, multi-ligament instability, ACL revision surgery and cartilage repair.
He has 25 years of research experience with present activities within patellofemoral instability, multi-ligament instability, ACL revision surgery, tissue engineering including cartilage repair and injury prevention.
He was awarded fellowships at Stanford University, USA, in 1997 and Melbourne, Australia, in 2007.
His scientific focus is currently within clinical sports traumatology including cartilage and meniscus injuries, patella-femoral instability, treatment of multi-ligament injuries, ACL reconstructions and ACL revision surgery, the development of tissue engineering and transplantation based treatments for cartilage and bone repair, epidemiological research on ACL injuries and their treatment in national clinical databases, sports injury prevention studies for running and team handball related injuries (232 publications).
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Prof. Dr Ivan Martin studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genova where he obtained his PhD in 1996. Between 1996 and 1999 he was a postdoctoral associate at Harvard/MIT. He joined the Department of Biomedicine at the University of Basel in 1999 as Director of the Tissue Engineering Research Group.
In 2007 he was appointed Professor for Tissue Engineering. From 2004 to 2009 he was the first Chair of the European section of the Tissue Engineering Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).
He is currently member of the editorial boards of five international journals and of the ‘Mesenchymal stem cell committee’ of the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT).
In 2018 he was elected as member of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences. His group includes scientists from the biological, engineering and clinical fields, dedicated to develop solid scientific basis for innovative translational strategies in regenerative medicine.
He is author of more than 250 peer-reviewed papers in international journals (H-index of 86) and inventor on 10 patent applications. The developed science and technology have been translated into clinical trials for cell-based cartilage and bone repair, and into the founding of a spin-out company for the commercialization of tissue culture bioreactors (Cellec Biotek AG).
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Dr Akram Aldawoudy Mokhtar is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in knee surgery, arthroscopy and sport medicine. He completed his MBBCh, University of Alexandria in 1992, MCH.orth., University of Alexandria in 1997, FRCS, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2001 and Diploma and MSc in sport medicine, University of South Wales in 2018 and 2019 successively. He has 11 publications and many presentations in local and international conferences.
He founded the Alex Knee Centre in 2009 which is a specialised private center for knee surgery and sport traumatology and works as CEO and chief orthopaedic surgeon since then. He also works as a lecturer and course chair of orthopaedics and sport traumatology of faculty of physeotherapy, Pharos University in Alexandria.
He has been an active member in the following societies: The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sport Medicine (ISAKOS), The European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), and The Egyptian Arthroscopy Association (EGAA).
Dr Caroline Mouton studied biomedical engineering (Nancy, France) and achieved her PhD at the Sports Medicine Research Laboratory from the Luxembourg Institute of Health. She defended her thesis at the Medical Faculty of Saarland University (Germany) on multidirectional knee laxity measurements in healthy subjects and ACL (anterior cruciate ligament)-injured patients.
Dr Mouton currently works as the scientific coordinator of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg) headed by Prof. Romain Seil and Prof. Dietrich Pape. She is in charge of organising clinical research from idea to publication. Hence, an important part of her work consists in conducting clinical studies and educating young clinicians. Other responsibilities include standardisation of patients follow up, certifications and partnerships.
Dr Mouton scientific work deals with various aspects of ACL injuries including the improvement of their diagnosis, the understanding of patient profiles with a recent focus on children and concomitant injuries. She has published almost 30 publications and made 50 communications in national and international congresses.
In 2018, Dr Mouton started to act as co-chair of a multicentric symposium for the french arthroscopic society (SFA) to build the first French-speaking register of anterior cruciate ligament injuries. She is currently the vice chair of the Basic Science Committee of European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and member of the Scientific Committee of the 19th ESSKA Congress (Milan, 2020) and of the 5th International Conference on Meniscus Science and Surgery (Luxembourg, 2021). She is also an editorial board member of the KSSTA (Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy).
Dr Norimasa Nakamura is professor of the Institute for Medical Science in Sports at Osaka Health Science University and the global centre for the medical engineering and informatics at Osaka University.
He is an orthopedic surgeon at the Osaka University Hospital, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine.
He received his MD at the Osaka University in 1988 and completed a specialisation in orthopedics in 1992. In 1994, he received a PhD and in 2009, moved to the current position.
Dr Nakamura research has been focused on joint tissue repair with main focus on the regeneration of cartilage, ligament, and meniscus using biological approaches. The current main interest is the development of three-dimensional tissue engineered construct derived from various stem cells in joint tissue repair and regeneration.
Dr Nakamura has been involved in ICRS (served as the President from 2015-16, now the past president) and ISAKOS (Board of directors from 2009-13, the chair of the scientific committee from 2013-15, the chair of the publication committee form 2019.
He has published over numerous peer reviewed scientific papers and received 20 domestic and international research awards.
Dr Tamás Oláh PhD is a biologist and translational researcher. He received his PhD in 2012 from the University of Debrecen in Hungary.
Dr Oláh’s postdoctoral research fellowships were at the Department of Physiology in the University of Debrecen, Hungary, and at Center of Experimental Orthopaedics at Saarland University, Germany.
His research interests cover osteoarthritis development and repair of focal cartilage defects, and calcium signaling in skeletal muscle and non-excitable cells.
Selected honors include the Pál Erdős Scholarship of the National Excellence Program of Hungary, the Kovács Tibor Prize, and the Young Investigator Award of the 43rd European Muscle Conference.
Dr Benjamin Rothrauff is an orthopaedic surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He completed the NIH-funded medical scientist training programme at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018, with his doctoral thesis performed under the mentorship of Dr Rocky Tuan.
He was subsequently a postdoctoral research fellow of Dr Freddie Fu, Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Pittsburgh.
Dr Rothrauff’s clinical research interests include sports injuries, with particular interest in knee and shoulder pathology. His basic research interests include tissue engineering of multiphasic interfaces, including cartilage-bone and tendon-bone interfaces, as well as the effects of mechanical loading on the integration and maturation of tissue-engineered constructs.
Prof. Thomas Tischer in an orthopaedic surgeon, with expertise in the fields of knee, shoulder, tissue engineering, prevention and sports medicine.
He completed his MD, at the Technical University of Munich, in 2009 and his PhD “New Approaches in Tissue Engineering of Meniscus and Ligaments“ also at the Technical University of Munich in 2009.
He was awarded with the ESSKA-AOOSM Fellowship in 2017.
He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed international journals and held over 250 talks worldwide.
Currently, he is the chief of orthopaedic sport medicine at the university of Rostock since 2010 and has been full professor since that time.
He is an active member in the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA), the German speaking Society for Orthopaedic Traumatologic Sports Medicine (GOTS), where he will be the next president in 2022, the international cartilage repair society (ICRS) and numerous other societies like AGA, DKG, DVSE, DGOOC, ISAKOS, SECEC and AOSSM.