Metabolic diseases and tendinopathies: the missing link

Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano – June 21, 2014
Held on Saturday June 21, 2014 at the Auditorium of Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano, Switzerland, the Forum titled “Metabolic diseases and tendinopathies: the missing link” was organised by the IBSA Foundation in collaboration with ISMULT to stimulate further research into the relationship between metabolic conditions – that are often subclinical, hence not easily diagnosed – and alterations of the extracellular matrix in tendon diseases.
The forum brought together some 150 members of the international scientific community including medical specialists, scientists and university students to discuss this topic. Tendon diseases adversely impact the quality of life of millions of people, yet their causes and healing mechanisms are still unknown. Opening the meeting, Professor Nicola Maffulli, Full Professor at the School of Medicine of the University of Salerno, Italy and Queen Mary University, London, UK, pointed out that despite the array of hypotheses that have been made, there is still a large number of factors affecting tendon health that remain entirely unknown. Recently, genetic factors have been largely discussed. Most certainly inherited genes or gene variants make some people more susceptible to these conditions, but the vast prevalence of metabolic disorders in the past few years has driven scientists to investigate the possible connection between metabolic problems and musculoskeletal diseases. The presentations delivered by high-calibre speakers including Isabel Andia (Cruces University Hospital, Barakaldo, Spain), Francesco Oliva (Tor Vergata University Rome, Italy), Andrew J. Carr (Oxford University, UK), Anna C. Berardi (Spirito Santo Hospital, Pescara, Italy), Michael Kjaer (University of Copenhagen. Denmark), Louis J. Soslowsky (University of Pennsylvania; USA), Antonio Frizziero (University of Padua, Italy), Jess G. Snedeker (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Professor Colao, University of Naples, Italy, and her team, stoke the discussion. The scientific sessions were moderated by Professor Michael Hirschmann (Department of Trauma & Orthopaedics, Kantonsspital Baselland, Bruderholz, Switzerland) and Dr. Christian Candrian (Canton Hospital System, Lugano, Switzerland) together with Professor Maffulli and Dr. Oliva. experts around the world as a tangible contribution to scientific progress in the area.

The Forum has been organized with:
Nicola Maffulli, Department of Musculoskeletal disorders, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Salerno, Italy; Queen Mary University of London, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Mile End Hospital, London, UK.
Francesco Oliva, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy.


Xavier Chevalier, University of Paris, France.
Nicola Maffulli, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Salerno, Italy.
Francesco Oliva, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.
Michael Hirschmann, Kantonsspital Baselland, Bruderholz, Switzerland.
Isabel Andia, Cruce University Hospital, Barakaldo, Spain.
Renata Auriemma, University of Naples, Italy.
Anna C. Berardi, Spirito Santo Hospital, Pescara, Italy.
Andrew J. Carr, Oxford University, UK.
Antonio Frizziero, University of Padua, Italy.
Jess G. Snedeker, University of Zurich, Switzerland.



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