Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The scientific advisory board will ensure a high standard of research and monitor the progress of the project by taking part in the annual General Assembly Meetings. Whenever appropriate, it will consult the consortium and make recommendations as to improve their performance.

Members

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Regine Kollek

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Regine Kollek

Professor at the Research Centre for Biotechnology, Society and the Environment, Director of the research group “Technological Impact Assessment in the Modern Biotechnology in the Medical Sciences”, University of Hamburg

Fields of Work:

  • Technological Assessment and Evaluation of Modern Gene- and Biotechnology in the Medical and Neurosciences
  • Conceptual and Methodological Questions concerning Technological Impact Assessment and Evaluation
  • Strategies, Dynamics, Courses and Consequences of Bio-technical and medical Innovations in Healthcare
  • Sociology of Knowledge Concerning Biological and Medical Concepts and Categories

Prof. Dr. Martin Möller

Prof. Dr. Martin Möller

Martin Möller was born in 1951. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Freiburg in 1981. After working as a Feodor-Lynen-Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the Department of Polymer Science of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (USA), he returned to Freiburg in 1982. In 1988, he received his qualification as a university lecturer on Macromolecular Chemistry from the University of Freiburg. From 1989 till 1993, he was professor at the Department of Chemical Technology, University of Twente (NL). From 1993 to 2002, he was professor at the University of Ulm and Head of the Department of Organic Chemistry III / Macromolecular Chemistry. In 2002, he became professor for Textile Chemistry and Macromolecular Chemistry of RWTH Aachen University and since 2003, he is also the director of the institute DWI. He is member of Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (acatech) and of the Academy of Sciences of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. In 2003, he was arwarded the Körber European Science Award. From 1999 to 2005, he was elected scientific expert of Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). Since 2006, he is member of ‚Senatsausschuss für Angelegenheiten der Sonderforschungsbereiche’ of the DFG. He is member of the editorial board of several polymer scientific journals. He has published about 450 articles. His main research interests are macromolecular chemistry and functional nanostructures, synthesis and structure property relationships in branched and hyper-branched polymers, blockcopolymers, surface modification, self organization of polymers in the bulk and in thin films.

Professor h.c. PD Dr. med. Matthias Reinhard Steinwachs

Professor h.c. PD Dr. med. Matthias Reinhard Steinwachs

Consultant Orthopeadics, Traumatology & Sports Medicine, Head of the Center of  Orthobiologics & Cartilage Repair, Schulthess Klinik, Zürich, (FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence, Swiss Olympic Base, Member of ISOC). Study of Medicine, University of Heidelberg & Göttingen, 1990 Research study at the Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Göttingen, 1/1991-3/1992 Ass. Doctor Dept. of Trauma Surgery, Bernward-Hospital Hildesheim, 1992 Dissertation MD/PhD University of Göttingen, 1997 Specialist education, Dept. for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Freiburg, 1995 Training by Prof. L. Peterson, GMC Gothenburg, Sweden, 1997 Specialist exam for Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Freiburg, 1997–2007 Specialist for Cartilage Repair and Tissue Engineering, Knee Surgery, Dept. of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg, 1998 – 2007 Member of the Steering Committee Valley Tissue Engineering Centre University Freiburg, 1998 – 2007  Head of the Cartilage Research Group, Valley TEC Freiburg, 12/2004„Privatdozent“  (Habilitation), Venia legendi for Orthopaedic Surgery, University Freiburg, 2003-2007 Head of the first Cartilage Transplantation Unit,  Dept. of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, University Hospital Freiburg,  2003-  Expert  of “Bundesausschuss Krankenhaus (G-BA), Methodenbewertung ACT”, 2oo5- Member of the Expert board  BMBF Project „Regenerative Medizin,  2006 Professional Development for Sports Medicine, 2006 Honorary Professor Inst. of Sports medicine, Peking University 2007, 2008 Specialist for Orthopaedic & Traumatology 2008 Member of Expert board EMEA, London and Paul Erlich-Inst. (PEI, Langen), Congress President AGA 2012, Zürich. ICRS Board Member  2004-2008, Chair of the outcome committee of the ICRS  2008.

Prof. Dr. Brigitte von Rechenberg

Prof. Dr. Brigitte von Rechenberg

Prof. Dr.med. vet. Brigitte von Rechenberg is a Board Certified veterinary surgeon (Dipl. ECVS) specialized in small animal surgery and there, in trauma and orthopedics and the head of The MSRU is a group dealing mostly with problems related to musculoskeletal diseases (bone, cartilage and spine) and suitable animal models for experimental surgery. She has extensive experience in clinical and experimental animal surgery, and for the latter in sheep, where she has operated > 3500 sheep for different research projects. Her main research interest is based on bone and cartilage research focusing on mechanisms of cartilage remodeling and resurfacing and substitutes for cartilage and bone. In this area she has completed and published several research projects, where osteochondral plugs were used as cartilage replacement. In addition she is engaged in several projects related to the spine, such as vertebroplasty, disc degeneration and posterolateral fusion. As for bone and cartilage substitutes, she has studied the use of various biomaterials in conjunction with bone enhancing factors as well as basic mechanisms of cell signaling and interaction between bone resorption/ formation. In her basic research she has focused on the importance of subchondral bone on cartilage remodeling and inflammatory processes within bone leading to pathological bone resorption. She is also an expert in bone histology and her laboratory has specialized on bone and cartilage histology using methods with nondecalcified specimens, routine paraffin histology and immunhistochemistry.

Apart from the scientific background and interest, the MSRU also has the facilities and infrastructure to conduct the animal experiments. Modern and suitable operation rooms, full surgical equipment and animal stables are available, as well as necessary recovery systems for animals after surgery to protect the operated limbs or spine. In addition, anesthesia of sheep is routine and is conducted by Board certified veterinary anesthesiologists. Suitable radiology and other modern diagnostic imaging technology is available within the hospital, such that animals can also be followed during their clinical recovery. The MSRU consists of 20 coworkers, of which 5 are technicians for animal care, bone histology and immunohistochemistry, 1 PhD student, 5 senior scientists and 9 doctorate students (veterinarians). Animals will be taken from the institutions own sheep herd (ca. 350 sheep), which are managed with high expert veterinary care on a continuous basis.
Prof. Brigitte von Rechenberg is also the Head of the Steering Committee of the Competence Center of Applied Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine (CABMM), where tissue engineering and molecular medicine is one of the center core skills.

Technical Expertise:

  • Development and use of animal models (sheep, goat, pig, rabbit, rats) in the fields of
    • Musculoskeletal research (bone & cartilage, tendon, spine & disc)
    • Soft tissue research (cardiovascular, wound healing)
    • Cranio-maxillofacial surgery and implantology

  • Histology laboratory
    • Non decalcified, plastic-embedded bone histology (different stainings)
      • Ground sections (quantitative histology, e.g. histomorphormetry)
      • Thin sections (qualitative histology)
    • Decalcified, paraffin-embedded histology (immunohistochemistry, soft tissue) in collaboration with the group of Prof. A. Pospischil (Veterinary Pathology)
    • Cryosections
  • GLP accreditation planned for 2011