Professor Richards takes office as TERMIS president

03. January 2019

TERMIS presidency crowns year of ARI achievements

Prof Geoff Richards, presents at the TERMIS European Chapter meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 2017

The AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) is proud to announce that Professor R Geoff Richards took office as President of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) on January 1, 2019 for a three-year term.

Commenting on his election, Richards said that he is honored and humbled to have been selected by the membership and thanked them for placing their trust in him. He added that his goals for his term as president would include supporting the society globally, improving governance and related processes, introducing a method for national tissue engineering societies to affiliate to TERMIS chapters to strengthen the global society, and to give Fellows of TERMIS active roles to mentor the next generations. Richards also wishes to empower the Student and Young Investigator Section (SIYS). Finally, he also wishes to review the vision and mission of the society. The overarching principle for his term as president is, he stressed, a focus on harmonization of chapter processes, governance, and collaboration. Richards is looking forward to attending all chapter meetings each year and highlighted that he is open to both suggestions and constructive criticism.

This high-profile appointment crowned a year of international recognition for ARI members in honor for their contribution and leading work in their fields. ARI’s vice director Prof Mauro Alini​, who is also Musculoskeletal Regeneration program leader and who has spent 20 years at ARI working in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, was recognized as International Fellow of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (FTERM) at the world TERMIS  conference in Kyoto in September. Prof Boyko Gueorguiev, Biomedical Development program leader at ARI, was elected to the position of General Secretary in the executive committee (EC) of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS).

ARI delegation visits SIAT: Prof Mauro Alini, Prof Ling Qin,
and Prof Geoff Richards

International collaboration is at the core of ARI’s research, and it highly values opportunities to work with individual researchers from around the world, while continuing to build lasting relationships with institutions globally. In 2018, an ARI delegation of scientists visited the Shenzen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT) at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. During this visit, ARI presented recent advances in cartilage and intervertebral disc research achieved at its Musculo-skeletal Regeneration Program, and discussed a collaborative research project looking at a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) compound delivery system to treat osteoarthritis. In other ARI collaboration news, Richards has had his term as Distinguished Professor in the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, in Guangdong Province, China, extended by three years. ARI has also signed a memorandum of un-derstanding with Kyoto University’s Institute for Integrated Cell Material Sciences​ (iCeMS).

In February 2019 ARI's Sybille Grad​ take a lectureship position at the Department of Health Sciences and Technology at ETH Zurich, which she will carry out in conjunction with her ARI duties. ​​