Dr. Michele Abate, MD, PhD
Michele Abate is Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of Medicine and Science of Aging, University G. d'Annunzio, Chieti Scalo (CH), Italy.
Prof. Michel Coppieters, PT, PhD
Michel Coppieters is Professor at VU University Amsterdam. He coordinates the Master of Science in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences. He directs the Neuropathic Pain Research Group, which aims to increase the evidence for the clinical diagnosis and management of neuropathic pain, and gain better insight in the pathophysiology of neuropathies. He is an instructor for the Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (www.noigroup.com) and previously worked at The University of Queendland (Brisbane), Kathmandu & Leuven.
Prof. Michael Kjaer, MD, DMSc
Michael Kjaer was educated as a Medical doctor from University of Copenhagen, Denmakr, in 1984 and became a Specialist in Rheumatology in 1995. He is Head of Institute of Sports Medicine, Dept of Orthopedic Surgery, Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen and Clinical Professor in Sports Medicine at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Kjaer’s research group focuses on adaptation of tendon and skeletal muscle to mechanical loading and physical training, with special emphasize on physiological-pathological adaptation to overloading and regeneration of tissue. He has published more that 250 original papers and supervised more than 20 PhD students and 5 post doctoral students.
Dr. Edwin Oei, MD
Edwin Oei is a musculoskeletal radiologist, Assoc.Professor of musculoskeletal imaging, and Section Chief of musculoskeletal radiology in Erasmus MC’s Department of Radiology, Rotterdam. He obtained his medical degree in 2004 and his PhD on MRI for traumatic knee injury in 2009, both from Erasmus University. He also holds an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology from the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences. His residency in radiology was completed at Erasmus MC in 2009, followed by a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology. Dr. Oei is the principal investigator of musculoskeletal imaging research and engages in many academic activities including supervising 8 PhD students, lecturing, board and committee memberships, and refereeing for various journals.
Dr. Graham Riley
Graham Riley is a biochemist with a research focus on the molecular pathology of tendon. A graduate of the University of Bristol, he has worked in a number of research areas in both academia and industry, including muscular dystrophy (Pasteur Institute, Paris), haemopoeitic stem cells (Institute of Cancer Research, London) and parasitology (Wellcome Laboratories, Beckenham). He completed his PhD at the Rheumatology Research Unit in Cambridge, investigating the biochemical changes that underlie chronic tendon pathology in the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. In 1996 he was appointed Head of the Soft Tissue Research Group at the Rheumatology Research Unit, and formed his own research group to investigate the cell and molecular pathology of tendons, ligaments and fascia.
Graham has an international reputation in the field of tendon pathology, and has published a number of key papers. In particular, his work on the role and regulation of metalloproteinases in tendon matrix turnover has resulted in several well-cited publications, and his contribution to the field was recognised by the award of a Senior Research Fellowship from Arthritis Research UK in 2007. He brought his research group to UEA the same year.