fotoanarodriguesAna Rodrigues
EpiDoc Unit at CEDOC, the Chronic Diseases Research Centre at Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal

Ana Rodrigues is investigator of the EpiDoc Unit at CEDOC, the Chronic Diseases Research Centre at Nova Medical School. She is an assistant Lecturer on the discipline of Rheumatology, from Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa, She also is the head of Rheumatology Unit from Hospital do Santo Espirito de Angra do Heroísmo. She graduated in Medicine (Rheumatology) from the Lisbon School of Medicine, University of Lisbon. She also completed the Clinical Scholars Research Training I and II from Harvard Medical School- Portugal Program, a two-year training program on clinical research. She is finishing her PhD in Rheumatology from faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Lisboa. Her research is focuses on Osteoporosis.

antonio-salgadoAntónio Salgado
Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS), School of Medicine, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

António Salgado  received is PhD in Materials Science and Engineering- Tissue Engineering and Hybrid Materials, from the University of Minho in 2005, followed by a post-doc at the University of Toronto and Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) at University of Minho, dedicated to CNS regenerative medicine. Currently he is a PrincipaI Investigator at the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Medicine University of Minho. His research interests are focused on the development of innovative therapies for CNS repair, namely on Spinal Cord Injury and Parkinson’s Disease.

David Abejón
MD, Hospital Universitario Quironsalud Madrid, Spain

Dr. Gonzales is the Head Pain of Hospital Universitario Madrid Chiron and Chiron San Camilo. He graduated from the University of Alcala de Henares University and did his residency at the Hospital Puerta de Hierro in Madrid. He is the president of the Spaish Society of Neuromodulation. He has also been president of the Madrid Society od Pain and Interventional Pain Practice Fellowship of the World Institute of Pain. He is an expert in the interventional treatment of chonic pain, neurostimulation techniques and radiofrequency epiduroscopy.

José Guimarães Consciência
Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Lisboa – Nova Medical School, Lisbon, Portugal

José Guimarães Consciência, Orthopedic Department at S. F. Xavier – CHLO Central Hospital/ NOVA Medical School – Lisbon NOVA University, Portugal José A. C. G Consciência is the Director of one of the two main University Hospitals in Lisbon. He is also responsible for the Orthopedic teaching at Lisbon NOVA University – NOVA Medical School. His main interest in Orthopedics is spine surgery and specifically degenerative disc and bone disease were he as concentrate his clinical research efforts for the last 10 years. In that period, he has also been assigned European Educational Advisor for AOSPINE in more than 30 international COURSES and international faculty in the degenerative lumbar stenosis teaching module of the European Spine Society. He   authored and co-authored around 70 peer review different type publications and is reviser of the European Spine Journal and editorial  board member of Columna / Coluna journal.  At the moment, he is leading 5 research PhD projects in orthopedic surgery.

Hans-Joachim Wilke
Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Trauma Research Center Ulm, University Hospital Ulm, Germany

Prof.  Dr.  Hans-Joachim Wilke, Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics at the University of Ulm and head of spine research.  Since 2001 he is Deputy Editor of the European Spine Journal responsible for basic research. He has been president of the German Spine Society and president of the Spine Society of Europe and Head of the Science Committee of the German Spine Society. He was also the scientific representative of the International Society of the Study of the Lumbar Spine.  Currently he is Vice-President of the German Spine Foundation. Last year he was the host of the Eurospine 2016 in Berlin. He authored and coauthored ca. 250 peer-reviewed publications, ca. 60 book-chapters, and he has been editor of 5 books and several special issues in well-respected Spine journals. Prof. Wilke is mechanical engineer, has received his Ph.D. in biomechanics and has become lecturer and professor for experimental surgery.

j-guicheuxJerome Guicheux

Jérôme Guicheux (46 yo) has received his doctorate (PhD) in cell biology and health sciences in 1997 and his habilitation for directing research (HDR-Habilitat) in 2002 at the University of Nantes. He studied the biology of skeletal cells with Professors Bonjour and Caverzasio at the University Medical Center of Geneva (Switzerland ) as a postdoctoral researcher (1997-1999). He completed his post- doctoral research as a research associate in the laboratory of Professor Gabay in the rheumatology department of the University Hospital of Geneva (1999-2000). He is currently a Research Director/professor at INSERM (DR Inserm); He has been appointed (2016) director of the INSERM research Lab UMR 1229 (RMES, « regenerative medicine and skeleton », Nantes, France, 90 staff members) and head of the STEP (skeletal physiopathology and  joint regenerative medicine) group (35 staff members). His research focuses on the pathophysiology and regenerative medicine of the skeleton with particular emphasis on the development of stem cells for the repair of musculoskeletal tissues including cartilage and intervertebral disc. He is a member of the Board of Directors and President-elect of the French society of mineralized tissue biology (SFBTM). JG also serves as the scientific Director of “Arthritis R&D”, spin-off from the “Arthritis Foundation” (non-profit and public interest association). He also coordinates the first French national network of the Arthritis Foundation dedicated to Osteoarthritis and joint aging (7 labs and affiliated hospitals). JG is also a member of the board of directors and « program committee » of OARSI, the osteoarthritis research society international. In 2011, he received the “Victor and Erminia Mescle Price” awarded by the French Foundation for Medical Research for his work on regenerative medicine. In 2012, he receives the “scientific excellence award” from INSERM. He has authored more than 140 publications in ISI-indexed journals  (h-index 41; M index 2; 4550 citations). He also authored 8 patents and gave 77 invited lectures in international and national meetings.

Luís Barroso
Hospital CUF Descobertas, Portugal

Luís Barroso, M. D., graduated from Medical School at the Faculdade de Medicina de Lisboa – Universidade de Lisboa in 1988. He completed his Orthopaedic residency program at the Hospital de Santa Maria, in Lisbon,
Portugal in 1998 and stayed on in the Orthopaedic Spine Surgery Unit as a consultant until the year 2003. He has since worked in the Spine Surgery Department of the Orthopaedic Unit of the Hospital CUF Descobertas, a private health care institution in Lisbon. He is a member of the Portuguese Medical Association and the Portuguese Orthopaedic and Trauma society.  He is also a founding member of the Portuguese Spine Society. Dr. Barroso is an active surgeon in spine trauma, deformity and degenerative pathology. He has special interest in percutaneous interventions for low back and radicular pain investigation and therapeutic procedures.

Margarida Barbosa
Centro Hospitalar de São João, Porto, Portugal

Margarida Barbosa, Chronic Pain unit at Centro Hospitalar São João, is anesthesioloist consult and member of the Pain Unit. Neurosciences Phd Student and main interest are and publication are in neuropathic pain. The main study area is diabetic neuropathy in clinical research, therefore she validate the LANSS scale for portuguese population as well the MNSI ( diabetic neuropathy) . At the moment, become qualifyed in Quantitative Sensory Testing by DFNS, Germany and implemented a lab for clinical investigation. Colaboration with University Bergmannsheil Bochum and Erlangen, Germany. Published papers in this areas.

maria-ribeiro-da-cunhaMaria Ribeiro da Cunha
Centro de Reabilitação do Norte, Santa Casa da Misericórdia do Porto, Portugal

MR Cunha is physiatrist at the Rehabilitation Unit of Spinal Cord Injuries at Centro de Reabilitação do Norte – Dr. Ferreira Alves (CRN), Valadares, since 2014. This unit is specialized in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury and provides patient-designed assistance at different levels, including  inpatients, consultation of outpatients (general and specialized), and using complementary tools and means for diagnostics and therapeutics. MR Cunha develops and coordinates integrative rehabilitation programs that are comprehensive, intensive and tailored-made for each patient and extends her analysis by clinical long-term monitoring. MR Cunha has medical know-how on SCI in general and on the rehabilitative management of SCI patients, in particular, being aware of the challenges of rehabilitative protocols.

martin-schwabMartin Schwab
Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich and Department of Health Science and Technology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland

Martin Schwab (born 1949) is a neuroscientist and Professor for Brain Research at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich and the Department of Health Sciences and Technology of ETH Zurich. His long standing interest is in repair processes of the spinal cord and brain after injuries. Insights into the neurobiological processes of nerve fiber growth regulation allowed him, in collaboration with clinical colleagues, to initiate novel therapeutic approaches for spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Martin Schwab is also the founder and long-term chairman of the Zurich Neuroscience Center, a research and teaching network that brings together all neuroscientists of ETH, University and the University Hospitals in Zurich. Martin Schwab is married to the artist Ruth Handschin.

Pedro Santos Silva
Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, Portugal

Pedro dos Santos Silva is a Neurosurgery Assistant in Neurosurgery Department, Centro Hospitalar São João, Porto, where he works since 2010. The main focus of his clinical work is the surgical treatment and support
of patients with spine disorders. He is also a volunteer lecturer at Faculty of Medicine of University of Porto, where currently he is a PhD student in clinical neurosciences. In Neurosurgery Department and Faculty of Medicine he collaborates in several studies in the field of clinical spine research, in order to review and to monitor the results of the clinical work.

Peter Szucs
University of Debrecen, Dept. Anatomy, Histology and Embryology / MTA-DE-NAP B-Pain Control Research Group, Hungary

Péter Szücs is an associate professor and head of the Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology at the University of Debrecen, Hungary. His research group, supported also by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, focuses on the anatomical and functional connectivity and development of the superficial dorsal horn of the spinal cord. In collaboration with Boris Safronov’s group in Porto he described the detailed axon morphology and connectivity of lamina I projection- and interneurons. More recently, he uses optogenetics to reveal descending and local modulation of the spinal dorsal horn circuitry processing nociceptive information. Péter has an MD and acquired his PhD in neurobiology/theoretical medicine at the University of Debrecen. He co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and acquired research grants from the European Union, FCT and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary.

grad_sibylle_ok_big_d4a6986Sibylle Grad
AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland

Dr Sibylle Grad is a Principal Scientist and Deputy Program Leader in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program of the AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland. Within the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program she is the focus area leader for intervertebral disc and cartilage research. Current research topics related to the intervertebral disc include whole organ culture models and bioreactors for disc degeneration and regeneration; cell therapy, molecular therapy, stem/progenitor cell homing for disc regeneration; and biomarkers for disc degeneration.
Dr Grad obtained her degree in Pharmacy and her PhD in Natural Sciences from the Department of Cell Biology of the Federal Institute of Technology (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, ETH) in Zürich. After completing her first post-doctoral training she joined the AO Research Institute Davos in 2000.
Dr Grad has supervised a number of Doctoral and Masters Theses and is a docent and course leader in the graduate program of the Department of Health Science and Technology at the ETH Zürich. In addition she has obtained funding from national, European and international agencies (SNSF, FP7, H2020, NASS), and has led several collaborative projects in disc and cartilage research.
Dr Grad is author of more than 75 peer-reviewed publications, is an International Editorial Board member of the European Cells & Materials (eCM) Journal and co-organiser of eCM Conference. She has co-organized the Spine Research Interest Group of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and has been ORS Program Committee Member. She is active member of AOSpine International and the AOSpine Research Network, the International Cartilage Repair Society, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.