I am the Professor for Innovative Implant Development (Fracture Healing) at Saarland University in Germany and Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and a Physiologist. My main fields of research are the musculoskeletal system in spaceflight, immobilization and ageing, as well as bone fractures and biomechanics. This website is about my research, books and what is going on.
The journal Acta Biomaterialia [IF 8.947] has published our new review paper on concepts and clinical aspects of active implants for the treatment of bone fractures. We are working on a new generation of fracture implants that can shorten and lengthen, and that can be made stiffer or less stiff while in the body. We want them to be remote controlled or even to analyze data and act by themselves. The new review paper gives an overview of which mechanisms seem feasible and which stimuli such an implant should ideally deliver to improve healing.
New research project in Antarctica: ESA has selected our research project to study skeletal muscle and joint cartilage physiology in over-winterers at Concordia Station in Antarctica. The collaborators are from Italy, the UK and Germany. We look forward to travelling there to install our equipment!
We published a paper on the prediction of athletic performance declines with ageing in the journal GeroScience [IF 7.713]. The paper compares conventional prediction models to predictions made by a neuronal network.
Find the website of my department at Saarland University HERE.