Dimitrios Nikolopoulos

Central Clinic of Athens

Dr. Dimitrios D. Nikolopoulos is a graduate of Athens University Medical School. He specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology in one of the best clinics in Greece, Orthopaedic Clinic of the General Hospital 'ASKLEPEION” Voulas, where he focused on sports injuries and foot pathology. He proceeded to train alongside Dr. Alexis Nogier at the Clinic Maussins-Nollet in Paris with Arthroscopic Restoration of Hip Pathology and has continued his training in arthroscopic rehabilitation of Sports Injuries of Knee, Shoulder and Ankle, as well as the treatment and surgical correction of foot disorders. He has published 40 original scientific articles in prestigious scientific journals in the USA, Europe and Greece referring to knee surgery (valgus knee) and shoulder (arthroscopic and minimally invasive new techniques), osteoporotic spine and hip fractures, research in vitro environment on bone and cartilage metabolism. He counts over 180 citations in research projects. He has also presented over 150 oral and poster presentations internationally within the last decade namely on sports injury of knee, shoulder, ankle joints and arthritis of the knee and hip. He is a Doctor of the University of Athens and a member of Greek Traumatology and Orthopaedic Society, the Greek Arthroscopy Society, the European Arthroscopy Association ESSKA and ESSKA_AFAS, as well as other internationally accredited associations.

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Osteochondral defects can be challenging to treat, first, because the damaged articular cartilage has a poor intrinsic reparative capability, and second, because these defects cause chronic pain and serious disability. That is why cartilage repair remains one of the most challenging issues of musculoskeletal medicine. Arthroscopic and open techniques that have been developed over the last two decades intend to promote the success of complete repair of the articular cartilage defects; nevertheless, these therapies cannot always offer 100% success. Nowadays, cartilage tissue engineering is an emerging technique for the regeneration of cartilage tissue. Taking into consideration these perspectives, this book aims to present a summary of cartilage tissue engineering, including development, recent progress, and major steps taken toward the regeneration of functional cartilage tissue. Special emphasis is placed on the role of stimulating factors, including growth factors, gene therapies, as well as scaffolds, including natural, synthetic, and nanostructured.

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