Dr. Susanne Feihl CV

Susanne Feihl Bw 05 obdDr. Susanne Feihl, MD, is a clinical microbiologist, joining the team of Dr. Andrej Trampuz for an infectious disease fellowship at Charité – University Medicine Berlin in June 2016.
After specialization in Microbiology in 2012 at Technical University of Munich, she established an antibiotic stewardship program at the university hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich (2013-2016).
She will be involved in the infectious diseases consultation service and contribute to clinical trials concentrating on implant-associated infections.

Dr. Daniel Perez-Prieto CV

Daniel Perez Prieto edt1Daniel Perez-Prieto is an orthopedic surgeon currently working at Hospital del Mar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain). He has been in close collaboration with PRO-IMPLANT Foundation and particularly Dr. Trampuz for several years.

Dr. Daniel Perez-Prieto was the first fellow in the septic unit leaded by Dr. Trampuz in Charité - University Medicine Berlin. Since then he has continued his collaboration in several workshops and has an intense activity in EFORT, EBJIS, ESSKA and ECCMID congresses. Lately he has completed an observership in the CHUV-Lausanne under the supervision of Dr. Olivier Borens.

His research covers all orthopedic infections, but he has focused in the arthroscopic related infections specially infections after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Recently, this later investigation has been awarded several times. Moreover he is the responsible for the surgical treatment of all foot and ankle orthopedic infections in his department.

Anna Koliszak CV

Anna Koliszak edt 002Ms. Anna Koliszak is a laboratory technician in biology. In 2009, she started her biological education with a two-year training at the Lise-Meitner School of Science in Berlin, Germany. After her training she completed an internship at the Envirocore Research Centre at the Institute of Technology Carlow in Ireland, involved in a project to investigate the influence of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on the growth of oilseed rape for soil decontamination. In 2012, she started her bachelor studies in Biotechnology at the Beuth University of Applied Science in Berlin, Germany. She performed her bachelor thesis at the Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration at Charité - University Berlin, Germany. After finishing her studies, she joined the group of Dr. Andrej Trampuz in April 2016.

Dr. Katsiaryna Yermak CV

Katsiaryna Yermak 2 smlDr. Katsiaryna Yermak has recently obtained her medical degree at Faculty of Medicine University of Maribor in Slovenia. She is currently doing an infectious diseases fellowship at Charité–University Medicine Berlin under supervision of Dr. Andrej Trampuz. Her responsibilities include planning, coordination and conduction of clinical and laboratory trials in the field of diagnostics, treatment and prevention of implant associated infections.

Tamta Tkhilaishvili CV

Tamta Tkhilaishvili edtDr. med. Tamta Tkhilaishvili graduated at the Tbilisi Medical University in Georgia in 2006, followed by residency in Infectious Diseases in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Currently she is doing postgraduate research on bacteriophages against biofilms at the Charité in Berlin, Germany.

Ms. Tamta Tkhilaishvili will be running her PhD project "Can bacteriophages eradicate microbial biofilms" at Charité-University Medicine Berlin from december 2015 till June 2017.

Biofilm microorganisms are up to 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than their planktonic (free-living) counterparts. The increasing development of antibiotic resistance problems lead to the investigation of new ways to fight biofilm infections, such as the use of bacteriophages.

This innovative project may lead to new treatment concepts for difficult-to treat infections, for which there are no antibiotics available at the moment.

Assist. Prof. PD PhD Rihard Trebše CV

Rihard Trebse edtAssist. Prof. Rihard Trebše MD PhD, obtained his medical education at Medical University in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 1993. He defended his Ph.D. thesis at Medical University in Ljubljana under the mentorship of Prof V. Smrkolj. In 2014 has been elected as Assistant Professor for Orthopaedics at Medical University in Ljubljana. Since 2012 he works as a Head of Service for Bone Infections at Valdoltra Orthopaedic Hospital, Slovenia.

Rihard Trebše is also a deputy director of Valdoltra Orthopaedic Hospital. Between 2012 and 2015 he was the president of Slovenian Orthopedic Society, since 2009 he is a national delegate from Slovenia in European Hip Society, and since 2014 he is a national delegate from Slovenia in EFORT. His surgical expertise covers: bone infection surgeries, revision and primary hip and knee arthroplasty, osteotomies around the hip and open elbow surgeries.

Assist. Prof. Rihard Trebše, MD, PhD is a renowned scientist with various research interests. His most important research field has been the treatment of prosthetic joint infections but he was also involved in hip tribology and artificial joint survivorship studies. He is involved in design of new revision implants for acetabular reconstruction. Another focus of his work is the development and evaluation of computer aided surgical techniques for joint replacement and bone osteotomies of hip and knee joint. Since late nineties his main contribution has been in implementation of CAD – CAM technologies in orthopaedic surgeries particularly in precision osteotomy cuts and socket navigation in hip replacement. He has also been investigating the importance of synovial cytology, the role of synovial interleukin, and the significance of molecular methods in diagnosing PJI.

Prof. Dr. Philipp Lobenhoffer CV

Lobenhoffer Philipp DE edtPhilipp Lobenhoffer was born 1956 in Rosenheim/Bavaria. He visited elementary school in Ireland and Germany, higher school and university in Göttingen and Vienna. His thesis was focused on high altitude medicine and the result of a three months research in Nepal. He started his training in surgery in 1981 at Hannover Medical School and had two years of orthopedic training at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. Working as consultant in the Trauma Department of Hannover Medical School (MHH), he got board certification as musculoskeletal surgeon in 1989 and academic professor in 1996. His scientific work focused on the knee joint and he was awarded with several prices as the GOTS-Beiersdorf award and the Michael-Jäger-Award.

Since 1998 he was chief of a department for trauma and orthopedic surgery in a teaching hospital in Hannover (Henriettenstiftung). This department expanded continuously up to 75 hospital beds and 4000 surgical procedures per year.

In 2009 he founded a new institution in Hannover, Sports Clinic Germany, focused on high-quality surgical treatment of injuries and degenerative diseases of shoulder, hip, knee and foot joints. This institution was reorganized in 2014 with the new name of Gelenkchirurgie Orthopädie Hannover (go:h) and reached wide acceptance and reputation on national and international level for joint surgery. 75 international fellows were welcomed at go:h for periods up to one year.
Ph. Lobenhoffer acted as president of AGA (Society for Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery) from 2003 to 2007 and as secretary of this society with presently over 4000 members until 2012. He was German President of GOTS (Orthopedic Sports Medicine Society) from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he is chairman of the Knee Expert Group of the AO Foundation, acting as medical expert for the development of knee implants.

Ph. Lobenhoffer is corresponding member of OTA (Orthopedic Trauma Association) and the Austrian Trauma Society and honorary board member of GOTS. In 2012 he was elected the tenth honorary member of AGA. He is member of ISAKOS, AAOS and ACL study Group. He is editor of Arthroscopy and member of the editorial board of KSSTA, OOT and Unfallchirurg. His main scientific interest is the knee joint and he has worked on anterior and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, knee dislocation, arthrolysis, unilateral knee replacement and osteotomy around the knee, especially with internal plate fixator systems (Tomofix). He has published over 200 scientific papers and acted as chief editor of two books on knee osteotomy and one book on shoulder arthroscopy.

Dr. Mariagrazia di Luca CV

Mariagrazia di LucaDr. Mariagrazia Di Luca is a Medical Microbiologist. She received her PhD in “Microbiology and Genetics” from the University of Pisa in 2010, studying the role of a type VII secretion system in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its involvement in the virulence of the microorganism.

After her PhD, she attended a 5-year Specialization School in “Microbiology and Virology” at University of Pisa, becoming Specialist in 2015 defending a thesis on bacterial biofilms in chronic rhinosinusitis and related diagnostic aspects.

During her Specialization she also worked as post-doctoral fellow for five years at NEST Laboratory of Scuola Normale Superiore and CNR- Nanoscience Institute investigating the role of antimicrobial peptides against bacterial biofilms using microscopy and spectroscopy techniques and developing BaAMPs (www.baamps.it) - the first biofilm-active antimicrobial peptides database.

In 2016 she joined Trampuz´ group at Charité University Medicine Berlin as responsible for the scientific management of the biofilm Research Lab.

Since June 2017 Dr Di Luca has been appointed as Researcher at Biology Department of University of Pisa and Translational Scientific Coordinator of PRO-IMPLANT Foundation.

Mercedes González Moreno CV

Mercedes GonzalezMercedes González Moreno obtained her M.Sc. in Biotechnology at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. She moved to Berlin in 2012 to perform her master thesis at the Institute for Biotechnology at the Technische Universität. After finishing her studies she took a position in a Biotech company in Brandenburg as a Product Specialist.

In 2014, she completed an internship at the Institute for Medical Immunology at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, involved in a project to investigate the influence of implant surface coatings with pectins on the adhesion and proliferation of osteoblasts to biomaterials. Later, she enrolled in an educational training in Applied Bioinformatics and finally joined the research group of Dr. Andrej Trampuz in September 2015.

Maria Eugenia Butini CV

Maria Eugenia ButiniMaria Eugenia Butini is a pharmaceutical technologist. She graduated in advance obtaining her PharmD degree in Industrial Pharmacy from the University of Camerino, Italy in 2015 and soon after she licensed to exercise the profession as pharmacist. During her tenure at the University of Camerino, she worked on the development of innovative biodegradable injectable biomaterials with potential clinical and pharmaceutical applications such as drug delivery, tissue engineering and regeneration of cartilage and bone tissues. She also joined the hospital pharmacy at Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Ospedali Riuniti di Ancona as an intern and acquired knowledge in medical products distribution, management of antiretroviral and antiviral therapies and reconstitution of galenic products for chemotherapy. In October 2015, she joined the research group of Dr. Andrej Trampuz.

Dr. Nikolai Sebastian Menner CV

Menner Nikolai edtDr. Nikolai Sebastian Menner, is specialising in internal medicine, tropical medicine and infectious diseases at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, currently doing his fellowship in septic surgery under supervision of Dr. Andrej Trampuz. He is responsible for the infectious diseases consultation service with focus on management of complex postoperative and implant-associated infections.

Sebastian Menke CV

menke edtSebastian Menke, LL.M., is an attorney at law at the law firm Busse&Miessen in Berlin. He received his university degree from the Freie Universität in Berlin in 2002, followed by the Master of law (LL.M.) degree at the University of Hannover and K.U. Leuven/Belgium. Mr. Menke is a certified specialist attorney for labor law and specialist for medical law. He is working since 2006 nearly exclusively in the field of labor and medical law for physicians and hospitals. He is regularly holding lectures on special subjects of labor and/or medical law.

In 2013, he was involved in the founding of the PRO-IMPLANT Foundation, dedicated to supporting research, education and management of implant-associated infections. He is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

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