AO Research Institute Davos medical fellow: next steps?
10 January 2019
A joint symposium between the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) and the Department of CMF Surgery, University of Tübingen explored the options available to AO Research Institute Davos medical fellows after they complete their fellowships in Davos.
Dr Andreas Naros, a CMF surgeon, was an AO Research Institute Davos fellow from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. He was investigating in vitro changes in RNA expression in primary human bone marrow derived stem cells during osteogenesis in order to identify predictive functional markers that would identify good and bad donors.
After his successful 12-month fellowship with AO Research Institute Davos's Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program came to a close, Dr Andreas Naros and his AO Research Institute Davos supervisor Professor Martin Stoddart arranged a visit to AO Research Institute Davos for Dr Naros's host clinical department at the University of Tübingen, to discuss potential avenues for continuing this collaboration.
ARI has significant experience in the culture and differentiation of human bone marrow MSCs, while the laboratory at the University of Tübingen has many years' experience with the harvest and isolation of stem cells from jaw periost (the soft tissue covering the outside of bones). This offers an ideal opportunity to exchange cell expertise and techniques to identify the optimal combinations for cell therapies. The scientific symposium opened with a welcome address from AO Research Institute Davos Director Professor R Geoff Richards and an introduction to Tübingen from Professor Siegmar Reinert. Six presentations were given by participants from the University of Tübingen and four presentations were given by people representing AO Research Institute Davos, offering an overview of the scientific direction in each of the institutes. This was followed by discussions on areas of mutual interest and planning from a future joint grant application perspective.
This is an excellent example of how a medical fellowship can be just the beginning of a long-standing collaboration. Everyone at AO Research Institute Davos wishes Dr Naros well in his future research and clinical career, and we look forward to future opportunities to work together with him on his area of focus.