The overall goal of our research activities at the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics is to better understand the reasons for the degeneration of the musculoskeletal motion apparatus, and to improve and test new therapies to treat these problems. We set great value on a strong interdisciplinary interaction, a highly qualified and motivated team, a broad innovative spectrum of methods and high quality research.
Our task is to plan and carry out innovative projects in basic and translational research in the field of orthopaedic surgery. At the national and international level, we seek an exchange with colleagues working in research and in the clinic. We publish our papers in renowned international journals and present them at relevant national and international meetings. We are also an important cooperation partner for industry in developing new treatment methods and implants. We carry out independent verification to the highest quality standards.
One major task we see is the training of students and young scientists to whom we wish to convey not only scientific expertise, but also openness, team spirit and the joy of research.
Our way of working
We implement interdisciplinary research projects in collaborative partnerships. Both internally and externally, we foster the principle of respectful cooperation. This especially means: recognition of performance and commitment, acceptance of responsibility, helpfulness, loyalty, openness, tolerance and critical faculties.
We have great diversity yet remain a team: the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics.
The origin of the institute was the foundation of the research laboratory for experimental trauma surgery in 1978. In 1988 the institute building was completed, which was built on the initiative of Prof. Dr. Caius Burri who passed away in 2002. He also founded the Caiues Burri foundation for “Trauma research and patient aid”. In 1989 the laboratory became a chair for “Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics” at the Medical Faculty of the University of Ulm, with Prof. Lutz Claes as its director. During 1998 the department was converted to an institute of the University Hospital of Ulm. Since April 2009 Prof. Anita Ignatius has been the director of the institute.