Driving meniscus health forward

MEFISTO presented at THE MENISCUS conference in Luxembourg

The MEFISTO project was presented at The Meniscus Congress in Luxembourg taking place from 7-9 July 2022: www.the-meniscus.org

On Thursday Jonas Grammens presented on 'Can identification of bone morphology help us predict the future of the knee?'

In the afternoon Elizaveta Kon announced the educational meniscus discovery series: 'All you need to know about meniscus'.

On Friday, she also introduced the MEFISTO project to the audience and provided an excellent overview and current status of the project in her talk 'New frontiers on meniscal regeneration: The MEFISTO European Project'

Another great opportunity to inform stakeholders about the project and increase the visibility of MEFISTO!

Impressions from the MEFISTO session at ESSKA in Paris

To learn more about the MEFISTO Meniscus Discovery series, new technologies for Meniscal regeneration and predictive performance, follow us on @MEFISTO_H2020 and our website

Join MEFISTO at the ESSKA congress!

MEFISTO strongly represented at the 20th ESSKA Congress, 27-29 April 2022 in Paris! In a dedicated session from 13h45 to 14.35 on 29 April 5 MEFISTO researchers will present:

- 13.45 CEST: All you need to know about meniscus: Meniscus Discovery series - Elizaveta Kon, Italy

- 13.55 CEST: Meniscal preservation possible? ortobiologics - Berardo Di Matteo, Italy

- 14.05 CEST: Meniscal repair- the future - Pablo Gelber, Spain

- 14.15 CEST: New technologies for Meniscal regeneration: Mefisto approach - Jos Malda, the Netherlands

- 14.25 CEST: Do we know the future? - Jonas Grammens, Belgium

Stay tuned: More MEFISTO at the ICRS congress

At the ICRS congress in Berlin also MEFISTO researchers from Regensburg, Antwerpen and Utrecht presented today: While Girish Pattappa from the university hospital Regensburg presented "Meniscus: Future developments from a cellular and molecular perspective", Riccardo Levato (photo) from Utrecht university hospital focussed on "New Technologies for Meniscal Regeneration: The Mefisto Approach" and Jonas Grammens from Antwerp university hospital imagines "How to predict the future -Morphological Profiling".

MEFISTO and the Meniscus Discovery Series presented at ICRS World congress

The MEFISTO project – and especially the Meniscus Discovery Series – were presented in a special session at the 16th ICRS World congress by MEFISTO scientific Coordinator Elizaveta Kon today. We are also proud to announce that Prof. Kon has been nominated as incoming ICRS President.



The  'Meniscus Discovery Series – episode 1 ' is the first in a series of documentaries on the meniscus. It contains interviews, animations, patient stories etc. The series is aimed to address young orthopedic surgeons & residents. It has been created with the support of the MEFISTO project. 

Watch the trailer:

See the full episode:

MEFISTO publication nominated for the “Nanomaterials 2022 Best Paper Award"

We are pleased to announce that a MEFISTO publication, "Therapeutic Manipulation of Macrophages Using Nanotechnological Approaches for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis" by Aldo Ummarino, Francesco Manlio Gambaro, Elizaveta Kon and Fernando Torres Andón from Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and Humanitas university Milan has been nominated for the “Nanomaterials 2022 Best Paper Award"! 

Please widely share this information to further promote the publication!

What a pleasure to meet in person again!

After a break of 2 years due to the pandemic, we were finally able to meet again in person on 16-17 March 2022. We all appreciated the direct professional discussions, updates, and plans for the next months. Of course we also enjoyed good food and drink, personal conversations and the sights of bella Napoli!

MEFISTO presented at the SIAGASCOT 2022

Our external project advisor Vincenzo Condello presented MEFISTO in his talk on 'Meniscal scaffold: new perspectives vs traditional techniques' at the 1st SIAGASCOT Annual Meeting

New paper in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology

Discover this new publication from the UHREG team on isolation of meniscus progenitor using differential fibronectin adhesion and physioxia in the January edition of @FrontBioeng.

MEFISTO well represented at EORS 2021

Four MEFISTO researchers, Elizaveta Kon (HUNIMED), Girish Pattappa (UHREG), Jonas Grammens (UAntwerpen) and Riccardo Levato (UMCU) are presenting at the 29th Annual Meeting of the European Orthopaedic Research Society.

MEFISTO 4th Consortium meeting

The MEFISTO project held its 4th consortium meeting on 2 and 3 December 2020. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the meeting was conducted on-line with over 30 participants from all 13 project partners.

Despite limited access to laboratory facilities for the most part of 2020, significant progress has been made on key project deliverables: standard operating procedures for in vitro tests are now established, the 3D database of high-precision knee models after meniscus removal surgery is nearing completion, several resorbable and non-resorbable meniscus device concepts are currently being evaluated and components for the biofunctionalisation of the devices are under development.

To date, 7 publications have been published in scientific journals. They are all openly accessible and the full list of links is available on the MEFISTO website at https://www.mefisto-project.eu/outcomes/.

First prize of the Virgilio project won by a MEFISTO video

Congratulation to Francesco Gambaro for winning the first prize of the Virgilio "Communicating Science" project of Humanitas University with this video aiming at presenting the MEFISTO project to a general public audience.


Live interview of Peter Angele on meniscus regeneration

Join Dr. Peter Angele online for a Live interview organized by the ON Foundation together with Dr. Philip Roessler. The interview will take place on Tuesday, 28th April 2020 from 18:00 CET and it will be live streamed on Facebook Live.

You can find updates and more information on the ON Foundation`s Facebook page

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MEFISTO video

The MEFISTO video is now available on our homepage and on video streaming platforms (Vimeo and YouTube).

In this video experts from the MEFISTO project explain the problem of osteoarthritis occurring after meniscus resection and the approaches we take to solve this problem in the future.

MEFISTO @ EORS 2019

MEFISTO presents at ONstage event

Two members of the MEFISTO team will present at the ONstage event. The event focusses on orthopedic tissue regeneration. It will take place in Dübendorf near Zurich, Switzerland on 18 October 2019.





MEFISTO 2nd Consortium meeting


Post-Brexit scenarios

If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified before Brexit, UK participation in Horizon 2020 will be ensured until the end of the programme and for the lifetime of projects.
In the event of a no-deal scenario, different rules will apply depending on whether UK bids to EU calls have been submitted before 31 October 2019 or after.
If UK bids to EU calls have been submitted before 31 October 2019, in case of a no-deal brexit the UK government has committed to guarantee competitive UK bids to EU funding submitted before exit, even if they are notified of their success after exit, for the lifetime of the projects.
If UK bids to EU calls have been submitted after 31 October 2019, the funding for successful UK bids will be guaranteed not by the EU but by UKRI itself, which has been appointed to administer the UK’s guarantee and post-EU exit extension. The funding then will be ensured for the lifetime of such projects, even if they last beyond 2020. The UK government is seeking discussions with the European Commission to agree the details of the UK’s continued participation as a third country.
Source: Swisscore, UKRI

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MEFISTO project has officially started


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814444 (MEFISTO).