This years impressions can be found here:
The program can be found here:
The second summer school of the research group ExCarBon took place from July 13th to 14th of 2018 in Frankfurt am Main at the Orthopedic University Hospital Friedrichsheim. Just like the year before, mature results, work in progress as well as occurring problems were presented and discussed in detail. This summer school was again an excellent opportunity for young researchers and students to expand their scientific horizon and to get in personal contact with the experts in the field of OA.
This year, we invited three experts in the field of osteoarthritis to give a keynote lecture. We are very delighted and thankful that they accepted our invitation and shared the big picture of biomechanical, immunometabolic, and developmental aspects with us.
Prof. Ali Mobasheri, Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK and the President of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI).
His main area of research is cartilage biology and the identification, validation and qualification of new biomarkers for degenerative and inflammatory diseases of joints like osteoarthritis.
Title of his talk: “Immunometabolic aspects of osteoarthritis"
Prof. Andrew A. Pitsillides, Professor of Skeletal Dynamics, Comparative Biomedical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK.
The focus of his research is on skeletal mechanobiology during development, growth, adulthood and ageing.
Title of his talk: “Evolving biomechanical aspects of osteoarthritis"
Prof. Brian Johnstone, Professor / Research Director, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA.
His main areas of expertise are stem cell and chondrocyte biology during development and cartilage pathology and musculoskeletal tissue engineering.
Title of his talk: “Considering development as the inspiration for joint regeneration is
very trendy, but is it valid?"
The program can be found here:
From July 28th to 29th of 2017, the research group ExCarBon hosted its first Summer School in Regensburg intending to gather all researchers involved. The primary aim of this summer school was the presentation and discussion of latest research results and any occurring problems in the context of the ExCarBon projects. The reasonable character of the event should encourage and foster the communication between the different projects and enable everybody to voice and to discuss their data. In that environment especially graduate students and young post-docs are supposed to gain experience in scientific networking.
Fortunately, we were able to invite two renowned experts in the field of osteoarthritis:
Prof. Dr. Gerjo J.V.M. van Osch, Head of the Connective Tissue Cells and Repair Group at the Department of Orthopaedics and Otorhinolaryngology at the Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, focusing her research interest on cellular responses in degenerating and regenerating connective tissues in osteoarthritis and tendinosis with a special emphasis on anabolic processes in tissue repair.
Prof. Dr. Tonia Vincent is a rheumatologist and current professor of musculoskeletal biology at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology at the University of Oxford. Her main research interests include pathways that drive mechanosensitive responses in cartilage, the role of the pericellular matrix in determining these responses and how they modulate osteoarthritis in vivo.
They both presented their scientific achievements and current work and discussed in depth research questions and science related to osteoarthritis specifically with the young scientists during the 2 day meeting. This summer school was an excellent opportunity for the younger academics to get in personal contact with highly experienced researchers in the field of OA and to discuss science in a more casual environment.