ARI Orthopaedics Conference
ARI Orthopaedics, Science with Open Discussion

ARI Orthopaedics 2024 Orthopaedic Infection
24th – 26th June 2024, Congress Center, Davos, Switzerland

Keynote program (subject to change)

Monday, June 24th


08:30 – 08:45    Fintan Moriarty (CH) AO Research Institute

08:45 – 09:00    Claudia Siverino (CH) Welcome to Davos

Session 1          State of the art in clinical management of orthopaedic infection

09:00 – 09:30    Mario Morgenstern (CH)
Fracture-related infection: perspectives of an orthopaedic-trauma surgeon

09:30 – 10:00    Yvonne Achermann (CH)
Prevention and treatment of implant-associated infection: an ID physician perspective

Session 2          Bone remodelling in infection

11:00 – 11:30    Jim Cassat (US)
Bone appétit: bacterial pathogenesis during staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis

11:30 – 12:00    Gerald Atkins (AU)
The osteocyte: victim, villain, or hero in deep bone infections?

Session 3         Imaging of bone infection

14:00 – 14:30    Ute Neugebauer (DE)
Characterization of S. aureus-Induced bone deformation using fluorescence and raman imaging

14:30 – 15:00    Dirk Bumann (CH)
Phenotyping bacteria in the in-vivo environment

Session 4          Biofilm

15:30 – 16:00   Tom Coenye (BE)
Novel approaches to study biofilm biology in the context of prosthetic joint infections

16:00 – 16:30   Jan-Willem Veening (CH)
Uncovering mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions using CRISPR interference

Tuesday, June 25th

Session 5          Antibacterial biomaterials

08:30 – 09:00    Henny van der Mei (NL)
Bacterial outer membrane vesicles for targeted treatment of bacterial infections

09:00 – 09:30    Noreen Hickok (US)
The changing joint environment: bacterial responses

Session 6          Non-union

10:30 – 11:00   Britt Wildemann (DE)
Bone fracture non-union

11:00 – 11:30    Hamish Simpson (UK)
How Infection changes non-union treatment

Group Photo

Session 7          Translation of infection-focused technologies to the clinic

12:20 – 12:40    Andrea Montali (CH)
Translational aspects of product development in medical device industry

12:40 – 13:00    Chris Arts (NL)
Material technology to tackle AMR; the NWA DARTBAC project

Free afternoon & eCM walk
18:00 Dinner at Walserhuus Sertig

Meeting point Main entrance cable car Parsenn at 17:50h

Wednesday, June 26th

Session 8          Spine & Infection   

09:00 – 09:30    Sonja Häckel(CH)
Spondylodiscitis and Implant-related Spinal Infections: Current Challenges and Needs from a Surgeon's Perspective

09:30 – 10:00   Shanmughanathan Rajasekaran (IN)
Can sub-clinical infection be cause for disc degeneration and back pain? - Evidence from metagenomic, proteomic and metabolomic studies.

Session 9          New horizons in treatment

10:30 – 11:00     Li Zhang (HK)
Micro- and nanorobots for biofilm eradication

11:00 – 11:30    Sabrina Green (BE)
Phage therapy making antibiotics great again

         Awards and conference closing      

12:00 – 12:30    Edward Schwarz (US); Berton Rahn Award winner 2024
Elucidating the osteoimmunology of bone infection and development of a passive immunization for S. aureus osteomyelitis

12:30 – 13:00    Fintan Moriarty / Marco Chittò (CH)
Student Awards and conference closing


We advise all presenters to look at the TIPS FOR TALKS (290kB) presentation and read these guidelines (34kB) before starting to prepare their talks. Science is in the detail. It is the lifeblood of science to discuss.
All invited talks are 20 minutes (20-30 slides) to allow 10 minutes discussion per talk.
All submitted talks are 10 minutes (10-15 slides) to allow 5 minutes discussion per talk.
Chairpersons will cut people off who try to use this time for their talks!
Please bring a copy of your talk on CD or USB stick to give to Presentation Support, Sunday morning at Registration.

Paper Submission
We invite all participants to submit a paper (either original research report or original review) to the European Cells & Materials (eCM) online 'Open & Free Access' journal..