Conference Program

Plenary Speakers

Prof. Denitsa Docheva

CHAIR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSCULOSKELETAL TISSUE REGENERATION

Orthopaedic Hospital König-Ludwig-Haus (KLH)
Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg

Germany

Denitsa graduated with two parallel Master Degrees (Biology and Chemistry) from the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Afterwards Denitsa obtained a PhD fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany and graduated in 2005. Then she moved to the Department of Trauma Surgery, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) in Munich, Germany where she established the Tendon Research Group. In 2012, Denitsa completed her habilitation in Experimental Surgery at the LMU. 2016 to 2021, she was Professor for Experimental Trauma Surgery and Research Director at the Department of Trauma Surgery, University of Regensburg, Germany. In October 2021, she became Professor and Chair of the Department of Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration, KLH & University of Wuerzburg, Germany. She has published more than 100 articles and has won multiple grants; currently, she is participating in several EU consortia (MATEGRA, ACHILLES, MEFISTO, OSTEOMET, OSTASKILLS and NetwOArk). 2018-2020, she was the President of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS). 2018-2022 she served at the steering committee of the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Society (ICORS). In Sep. 2022 she was recognized as a Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR) by ICORS.

Prof. Richard OC Oreffo

CO-FOUNDER OF THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, STEM CELLS AND REGENERATION

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science
University of Southampton

UK

Richard is Professor of Musculoskeletal Science and co-founder of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration. He has held positions in USA, AstraZeneca, and University of Oxford before being appointed to a lectureship in 1999 and, subsequently, a chair at the University of Southampton in 2004. Richard is internationally recognised for his work on skeletal biology and the mechanisms involved in skeletal stem cell differentiation and bone regeneration.
He has developed teams of clinicians and biomedical scientists to generate clinical impact. Richard has trained 53 MD and PhD interdisciplinary scientists since 2002 and published widely with breakthrough publications on skeletal stem cells, osteoarthritis and bone regeneration and holds 8 patents. In 2015, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Oxford in bone regenerative medicine. He is founder / CSO of Renovos Biologics Limited, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, International Orthopaedic Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Prof. Jess Snedeker

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Biomechanics

University of Zurich (University Hospital Balgrist)
ETH Zurich (Department of Health Science and Technology)

Switzerland

Jess Snedeker serves as a Full Professor of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, with faculty chairs at both the ETH Zurich (Department of Health Sciences and Technology) and the University of Zurich (Medical Faculty) where he is the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Orthopedics. Since 2015, he has served as Chief Scientific Officer of the Balgrist Campus, a federally funded center for musculoskeletal research. This national hub hosts more than 20 independent groups comprising more than 220 researchers working onsite. The Snedeker Laboratory is itself a leading research group focused on tendon mechanobiology and regenerative orthopedic surgery. The group has over 150 peer reviewed original publications in print, and has received numerous scientific awards for its work. Beyond basic research, the group actively develops and clinically translates next-generation orthopedic devices for improved patient outcomes and better quality of life.

Prof. Richard OC Oreffo

CO-FOUNDER OF THE CENTRE FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, STEM CELLS AND REGENERATION

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science
University of Southampton, UK

Richard is Professor of Musculoskeletal Science and co-founder of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration. He has held positions in USA, AstraZeneca, and University of Oxford before being appointed to a lectureship in 1999 and, subsequently, a chair at the University of Southampton in 2004. Richard is internationally recognised for his work on skeletal biology and the mechanisms involved in skeletal stem cell differentiation and bone regeneration.
He has developed teams of clinicians and biomedical scientists to generate clinical impact. Richard has trained 53 MD and PhD interdisciplinary scientists since 2002 and published widely with breakthrough publications on skeletal stem cells, osteoarthritis and bone regeneration and holds 8 patents. In 2015, he was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Oxford in bone regenerative medicine. He is founder / CSO of Renovos Biologics Limited, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, International Orthopaedic Research and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.