Mats Brittberg, MD, PhD
Cartilage Research Unit
Institute of Clinical Sciences
University of Gothenburg
Podcast: Listen to Dr. Brittberg discuss his article in the May issue.
Mats Brittberg is a member of the Cartilage Research Unit at University of Gothenburg and an orthopedic surgeon at Region Halland Orthopaedics at the Kungsbacka Hospital, Kungsbacka, Sweden. He received his MD at the University of Gothenburg in 1978 and completed a specialization in orthopedics in 1985. In 1992 he passed the Swedish Orthopedic Board Exam (S.O.B.E.), and in 1996 he earned a PhD. He is now a professor of orthopaedics connected to the Institution of clinical sciences and orthopaedic department, University of Gothenburg.
Mats Brittberg’s research has been focused on cartilage repair and with main focus on cartilage regeneration with in vitro expanded autologous chondrocytes. Another interest is the European Connective Tissue Engineering centre (ECTEC), which is research collaboration between the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg with the institution of Polymer Technology, Chalmers Technical University. Mats Brittberg has also had research collaboration with Virginia Tech in USA on biotribology in cartilage and osteoarthritis as well as research collaborations with other centers in Europe and North America.
Mats Brittberg is also co-director of the cartilage program and cartilage centre at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports medicine Hospital, Doha, Qatar.
In September, 2010, Mats Brittberg received the ICRS Genzyme Lifetime Achievement Award in cartilage research and in 2012, the Shetty- Kim Foundation (SKF) Scientific award. In 2014, Mats Brittberg also received the SKF and UK Cartilage Club’s Life time achievement Award.
Mats Brittberg has been on the board of TESi (Tissue engineering Society International) and has been chairing the Cartilage Committee of ESSKA 2006-08. Since the start 1997, he has been working with ICRS, as a secretary, Vice-president and President (2006-2008) and finally Past-President (2008-2009). He is since January 2013 Editor-in-Chief for the SAGE journal CARTILAGE. He has also been associate editor with ESSKA journal as well as being on the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Mats Brittberg is also involved in the Go:Life platform for scientific meetings in Gothenburg and clinical adviser to several cartilage repair companies.
Selected Other Published Work in AJSM
Peterson L, Brittberg M, Kiviranta I, Akerlund EL, Lindahl A. Autologous chondrocyte transplantation. Biomechanics and long-term durability. Am J Sports Med. 2002 Jan-Feb;30(1):2-12.
Brittberg M. Cell carriers as the next generation of cell therapy for cartilage repair: a review of the matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implantation procedure. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Jun;38(6):1259-71.
Peterson L, Vasiliadis HS, Brittberg M, Lindahl A. Autologous chondrocyte implantation: a long-term follow-up. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Jun;38(6):1117-24
de Windt TS, Welsch GH, Brittberg M, Vonk LA, Marlovits S, Trattnig S, Saris DB. Is magnetic resonance imaging reliable in predicting clinical outcome after articular cartilage repair of the knee? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jul;41(7):1695-702
de Windt TS, Welsch GH, Brittberg M, Vonk L, Marlovits S, Trattnig S, Saris DB, Blackman AJ, Smith MV, Flanigan DC, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Correlation between magnetic resonance imaging and clinical outcomes after knee cartilage repair: letter to the editor. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Nov;41(11)
Saris D, Price A, Widuchowski W, Bertrand-Marchand M, Caron J, Drogset JO, Emans P, Podskubka A, Tsuchida A, Kili S, Levine D, Brittberg M; SUMMIT study group. Matrix-Applied Characterized Autologous Cultured Chondrocytes Versus Microfracture: Two-Year Follow-up of a Prospective Randomized Trial. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Jun;42(6):1384-94
Brittberg M, Recker D, Ilgenfritz J, Saris DBF; SUMMIT Extension Study Group. Matrix-Applied Characterized Autologous Cultured Chondrocytes Versus Microfracture: Five-Year Follow-up of a Prospective Randomized Trial. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Mar 1:363546518756976.