AO Research Institute Davos drives progress in regeneration partnership
06 August 2018
The AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) is proud to partner with the International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation (ICRR) in its valuable work to improve patient care. Professor Martin Stoddart of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program joined the ICRR Leadership Council on July 1, and in this new role is ideally placed to promote the clinical implications of orthopedic rehabilitation and mechanobiology.
The next main event is the Seventh Annual International Regenerative Rehabilitation Symposium to be held in Seattle, United States, October 11 to 13, 2018 where Stoddart is an invited speaker. The ICRR comprises 16 partners from all over the world who have a shared mission 'to bring together leading scientists and clinicians across the domains of regenerative medicine and rehabilitation science to drive the creation and transfer of knowledge associated with the development and translation of technologies that restore function and enhance the quality of life of patients.'
This mission complements the mission statements of the ARI which is 'to advance patient care through innovative orthopedic research and development' and that of the AO Foundation, which is 'promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.'
The mechanical environment is known to drive the bone healing process, with rigidity leading to direct bone healing, while limited motion leads to indirect bone healing via a cartilage template (callus).
with biologists, engineers, medics, and
physiotherapist's all taking part
Regenerative rehabilitation is the convergence and integration of regenerative medicine and physical rehabilitation sciences. Physical therapy (PT) is essential to support the return to function of a damaged or repaired tissue, but the specific effects of PT at a cellular level during regeneration remain largely unexplored.
Conversely, when thinking of regenerative approaches, the mechanical environment that cells and scaffolds must withstand in orthopedic repair is often regarded as a challenge that needs to be endured or overcome rather than as an opportunity that can be leveraged.
Regenerative rehabilitation can be used as an approach to translational mechanobiology, where the mechanical cues driving cell differentiation and function are directed by rehabilitation routines to promote repair and regeneration.