Professor, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Department of Orthopaedics, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands
his seminal contributions in the area of mechanobiology and regenerative medicine pertaining to the intervertebral disc, bone and cartilage.
Prof. Dr. Keita Ito received his Sc.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Starting with a fellowship at the Inselspital (Bern, Switzerland), he eventuall became Vice Director at the AO Research Institute (Davos, Switzerland), where his research focused on biomechanics and mechanobiology of bone healing and intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. In 2007, he became a full professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands), where he leads the Orthopaedic Biomechanics group. This group combines numerical and experimental methods in engineering and biological research to elucidate degenerative processes in bone, tendon, cartilage and disc, as well as regenerative strategies thereof. He also is a professor in the Dept. of Orthopaedics at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Netherlands) where he works on the mechanobiology of musculoskeletal regenerative medicine. He has co-authored over 160 peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial board of Biomech Model Mechanobiol, J Orthop Res, Tissue Eng and is a deputy-editor of the Global Spine Journal. He and his group have been awarded the Spine Young Investigator Award 2004, the ESB Perren Award 2010, GSJ Best Paper Award 2014, as well as other conference awards. He has served in various capacities and on the boards of the European Society of Biomechanics, Spine Society of Europe, AOSpine International, AO Foundation World Council of Biomechanics, ISSLS and the Orthopaedic Research Society.