Associate Professor Mats Brittberg is a member of the Cartilage Research Unit at University of Gothenburg and an orthopedic surgeon 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. In 2002, he became Associate Professor of orthopedics at the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg. Mats Brittberg is now also Gothenburg university lecturer.
Mats Brittberg’s research has been focused on cartilage repair and with main focus on cartilage regeneration with in vitro expanded autologous chondrocytes. Today the main interest is the European Connective Tissue Engineering centre (ECTEC), a research collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and 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 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 now associate editor for the recently started Sage journal ¨CARTILAGE¨ and also associate editor with ESSKA journal as well as being in the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.
In September, 2010, Mats Brittberg received the ICRS Genzyme Lifetime Achievement Award in cartilage research.