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Scotty J Butcher

Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada; Teaching and research interests in strength training and high-intensity training with rehabilitation implications; Founder of The Strength Jedi, an educational company providing online continuing education resources for health and fitness professionals and on-site strength and conditioning for older adults, post-rehabilitation, and general health.

Barbara P Chan

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering at The University of Hong Kong.

Tim L A Doyle

Dr Tim Doyle is a biomechanics and physical performance researcher at Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia. He has a broad network having studied within Australia (The University of Queensland, Edith Cowan University) and overseas at Ball State University in the USA. In addition to his academic qualifications he is also an accredited level 2 strength and conditioning coach (ASCA), an accredited level 2 sport scientist and exercise scientist (ESSA). He was awarded an Endeavour Executive Fellowship which provided the opportunity to spend time at The Mayo Clinic and Stanford University. His research involves neuromuscular biomechanics, injury prevention, and physical preparation in athletes and tactical populations.

Liang Gao

Dr. Liang Gao currently works as a senior Research Fellow at the Center of Experimental Orthopaedics, Saarland University, Germany. His clinical interests include sports medicine, arthroplasty, and traumatology. His research focuses on joint preservation and orthobiologics.

Dr. Gao studied Medicine in China and Germany with intensive fellowship training in both Asia and Europe. He completed the orthopaedic residency training at Peking University Medical Center, China and received the ECFMG certificate. Moreover, he obtained his master of science degree from Heidelberg University, Germany and his doctorate summa cum laude from Saarland University, Germany.

Dr. Gao is the Member of the Basic Science Committee of International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society (ICRS), the Member of the Young Investigator Committee of Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), and the Founding Member of the Sino Euro Orthopaedics Society (SEOS). He also serves in other international societies including ESSKA, AOSSM, ICMRS, and ORS.

Zhihua Han

Dr. Han is currently working as an Orthopedic surgeon and the Assitant Investigator at the Trauma Center, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. His clinical interests are about intervertebral disc degeneration and bone fractures, therefore his research mainly focuses on the utilization of regenerative approaches, including stem cells, tissue engineering, and gene therapy, to treat degenerative intervertebral disc diseases and improve bone healing.

Dr. Han previously studied Medicine in China and Germany. He became a research fellow at J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, and was conferred with the M.D. title at the rank of “Magna Cum Laude” in 2019.

Floris P.J.G. Lafeber

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology, University Medical Centre Utrecht. Manager of research and head of research laboratory of the department of Rheumatology & Clinical Immunology, UMCU. In addition to organization, initiation, and facilitation research of the department, there is a personal interest in a unique treatment of severe osteoarthritis being joint distraction, and in a unique animal model of osteoarthritis being the canine Groove model.

Liudmila P Leppik

Assistant Director, Frankfurt Initiative for Regenerative Medicine, J.W. Goethe-Universität, Friedrichsheim Orthopedic University Hospital.

Dr. Leppik’s research background is in the fields of molecular biology and virology in Russia and Germany. Specifically her research focused on human genome activity and regulation of gene expression during tumor genesis and development and differentiation. Her current research at FIRM focuses on tissue development and regeneration.

David Levine

David Levine, PT, PhD, DPT, Diplomate ABPTS, CCRP, Cert. DN
Dr. Levine is a Professor and the Walter M. Cline Chair of Excellence in Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is an adjunct professor at the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine and North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, he is board certified as a specialist in orthopedics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and is also certified in dry needling. Dr. Levine has been working and conducting research in many areas with an emphasis in veterinary physical rehabilitation and is co-director of the University of Tennessee certificate program in canine rehabilitation. He is a co-editor of multiple books including “Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy”, “Essential Facts of Physiotherapy in Dogs and Cats”, and Gait Analysis: An Introduction. He continues to practice in canine rehabilitation and human physical therapy in addition to his University position. He has presented at over 100 conferences, and has lectured in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Levine has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals with over 75 publications. His latest research focuses on bacterial contamination in medical equipment, animal assisted therapy, and laser to improve muscle endurance.

Denis J. Marcellin-Little

Dr. Marcellin-Little is a veterinary orthopedic surgeon who has been doing research for approximately 20 years in the field of joint replacement, limb deformities, physical rehabilitation, and biomodeling/biomanufacturing. He has a particular interest in the interface between computers and orthopedics. He is a member of the Center of Additive Manufacturing and Logistics at North Carolina State University and an adjunct in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering (at NCSU), Industrial and Systems Engineering (at NCSU), and Physical Therapy (at UT-Chattanooga).

Guillermo Mendez-Rebolledo

Guillermo Mendez-Rebolledo received his Doctoral Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Science from Universidad Pablo de Olavide (2020), his Master in Health Sciences and Sport from Universidad Finis Terrae (2013) and his Bachelor of Physical Therapy from Universidad de Talca (2009). His research interest is Muscle Physiology and Motor Control with a special focus on Sports Medicine and Physiotherapy. Prof. Mendez-Rebolledo currently works at the Escuela de Kinesiología, University Santo Tomás (Chile).

Tomoki Nakamura

I am a lecturer of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mie University Graduate School of Medicine. I graduated from Mie University Faculty of Medicine in 2002 and received my PhD in 2009. I am a member of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association and a specialist in Orthopaedic Oncology. I typically treat patients presenting with bone sarcoma, soft tissue sarcoma, and metastatic bone tumors. I am also the academic editor of several journals, including PLOS One, BMC Cancer, Oncology Reports, Oncology Letters.

Feng Pan

Dr. Pan is a Senior Research Fellow at Menzies Institute for Medical Research. He has been researching both epidemiology and clinical interventions to osteoarthritis-related pain. Much of his work has been on identifying biomechanical risk factors for chronic pain and osteoarthritis, identifying pain and osteoarthritis phenotypes and testing new therapeutic treatments.