Professor Avinash G. Patwardhan is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics laboratory at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.
Dr. Patwardhan is a dynamic teacher and a pioneer in the area of spinal biomechanics, having developed a novel biomechanical spine testing technique known as the follower load, which has achieved recognition in biomechanical laboratories world-wide. Dr. Patwardhan has authored over 100 original articles, 13 book chapters, and 267 presentations at national and international conferences. For his innovative research, Dr. Patwardhan has received numerous prestigious awards including the 1982 Volvo Award given by the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the 2005 Outstanding Paper Award for his work on lumbar disc arthroplasty, and the 2009 Henry Farfan Award for outstanding contributions to spine related basic science research, presented by the North American Spine Society.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Wilke , Ph.D. is the Co-Director of the Institute for Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanis at the University of Ulm and head of spine research. Since 2001 he is Deputy Editor of the European Spine Journal responsible for basic research. He has been president of the German Spine Society and president of the Spine Society of Europe and head of the Science Committee of the German Spine Society. He was also the scientific representative of the International Society of the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Currently he is Vice-President of the German Spine Foundation. This year he is the host of the Eurospine 2016 in Berlin. He authored and coauthored more than 230 peer-reviewed publications, ca. 57 book-chapters, and he has been editor of 5 books and several special issues in well-respected Spine journals. Prof. Wilke is mechanical engineer, has received his Ph.D. in biomechanics and has become lecturer and professor for experimental surgery.
John is a Mechanical Engineer who has been working in the field of Orthopaedic Biomechanics since 1991. He completed his PhD in 2004 and undertook his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont, USA in 2005-2006 (18 months) - one of the most prestigious international biomechanics research centres. He has authored one book chapter, 33 articles, and presented over 100 papers both nationally/internationally on a wide range of biomechanical topics. His major research interests are to understand the mechanisms of spine disc degeneration/tissue injury, and bone/soft tissue mechanics across their hierarchical scales.
A graduate of Sydney University, Dr Sears became one of the first neurosurgeons in Australia to sub-specialize exclusively in the field of spinal surgery. Recently retired as a VMO at Royal North Shore Hospital, he is now in private practice in northern Sydney and vice-President of the Spine Society of Australia. An author of 29 peer-reviewed publications, he undertakes clinical, observational research in the fields of adjacent segment degeneration, dynamic spinal stabilisation and spinal balance. He maintains an active interest in laboratory biomechanical research.