Driving meniscus health forward

Project outcomes

Scientific publications

An in vitro model for osteoarthritis using long‐cultured inflammatory human macrophages repeatedly stimulated with TLR agonists.
European Journal of Immunology 2350507 (2023). doi: 10.1002/eji.202350507. Archive: Zenodo
Biofunctionalization of 3D printed collagen with bevacizumab-loaded microparticles targeting pathological angiogenesis.
Journal of Controlled Release 360, 747–758 (2023). doi: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2023.07.017. Archive: Zenodo
Orthobiologic injections for treating degenerative meniscus lesions: a matter of facts? Ten years of clinical experience in a systematic review.
Journal of Cartilage & Joint Preservation 100104 (2023). doi: 10.1016/j.jcjp.2023.100104
Development of a highly concentrated collagen ink for the creation of a 3D printed meniscus.
Heliyon 9, e23107 (2023). doi: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e23107
Bioink with cartilage-derived extracellular matrix microfibers enables spatial control of vascular capillary formation in bioprinted constructs.
Biofabrication 14, 034104 (2022). doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/ac6282
Fibronectin Adherent Cell Populations Derived From Avascular and Vascular Regions of the Meniscus Have Enhanced Clonogenicity and Differentiation Potential Under Physioxia.
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 9, 789621 (2022). doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2021.789621
The clinical potential of articular cartilage-derived progenitor cells: a systematic review.
npj Regenerative Medicine 7, 2 (2022). doi: 10.1038/s41536-021-00203-6
Stem cells application in meniscal tears: a systematic review of pre-clinical and clinical evidence.
European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences 25, 7754–7764 (2021). doi: 10.26355/eurrev_202112_27622
Potential of Melt Electrowritten Scaffolds Seeded with Meniscus Cells and Mesenchymal Stromal Cells.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22, 11200 (2021). doi: 10.3390/ijms222011200
Extending Single Cell Bioprinting from Femtosecond to Picosecond Laser Pulse Durations.
Micromachines 12, 1172 (2021). doi: 10.3390/mi12101172
Drug Delivery Systems for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review of In Vivo Studies.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22, 9137 (2021). doi: 10.3390/ijms22179137
Selection of Highly Proliferative and Multipotent Meniscus Progenitors through Differential Adhesion to Fibronectin: A Novel Approach in Meniscus Tissue Engineering.
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 22, 8614 (2021). doi: 10.3390/ijms22168614
Cell-based treatment options facilitate regeneration of cartilage, ligaments and meniscus in demanding conditions of the knee by a whole joint approach.
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (2021). doi: 10.1007/s00167-021-06497-9
Hydrogel-Based Bioinks for Cell Electrowriting of Well-Organized Living Structures with Micrometer-Scale Resolution.
Biomacromolecules acs.biomac.0c01577 (2021). doi: 10.1021/acs.biomac.0c01577
Progenitor Cells in Healthy and Osteoarthritic Human Cartilage Have Extensive Culture Expansion Capacity while Retaining Chondrogenic Properties.
CARTILAGE 13, 129S-142S (2021). doi: 10.1177/19476035211059600
Biosynthetic scaffolds for partial meniscal loss: A systematic review from animal models to clinical practice.
Bioactive Materials 6, 3782–3800 (2021). doi: 10.1016/j.bioactmat.2021.03.033
Single Cell Bioprinting with Ultrashort Laser Pulses.
Advanced Functional Materials 31, 2100066 (2021). doi: 10.1002/adfm.202100066
Engineering Anisotropic Meniscus: Zonal Functionality and Spatiotemporal Drug Delivery.
Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews (2020). doi: 10.1089/ten.teb.2020.0096. Archive: MINERVA
Small medial femoral condyle morphotype is associated with medial compartment degeneration and distinct morphological characteristics: a comparative pilot study.
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (2020). doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-06218-8
Physioxia Expanded Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells Have Improved Cartilage Repair in an Early Osteoarthritic Focal Defect Model.
Biology 9, 230 (2020). doi: 10.3390/biology9080230
Therapeutic Manipulation of Macrophages Using Nanotechnological Approaches for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis.
Nanomaterials 10, 1562 (2020). doi: 10.3390/nano10081562
Conservative vs. surgical approach for degenerative meniscal injuries: a systematic review of clinical evidence.
European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences 24, 2874–2885 (2020). doi: 10.26355/eurrev_202003_20651
From Shape to Function: The Next Step in Bioprinting.
Advanced Materials 32, 1906423 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201906423
One‐Step Photoactivation of a Dual‐Functionalized Bioink as Cell Carrier and Cartilage‐Binding Glue for Chondral Regeneration.
Advanced Healthcare Materials 9, 1901792 (2020). doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901792
Bioprinting Neural Systems to Model Central Nervous System Diseases.
Advanced Functional Materials 30, 1910250 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201910250
Volumetric Bioprinting of Complex Living-Tissue Constructs within Seconds.
Advanced Materials 31, 1904209 (2019). doi: 10.1002/adma.201904209

Meniscus discovery series

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.

Project video

Listen to MEFISTO researchers Elizaveta Kon, Girish Pattappa, Peter Verdonk, Eran Ganz and coordinator Evelyne Hasler, introduce the project and its main aspects and features, with this three-minute introductory video.

Video contributions

Discover the different videos (interviews, presentations, science popularisation contest and more) produced around the MEFISTO project.
Elizaveta Kon (Humanitas University, Milan) and Jari Dahmen (Amsterdam UMC) talk about The MEFISTO Project and treating damage to the meniscus in the future in this 'ONtheGo' Podcast from the ON Foundation.
June 2023
Interview with Dr. Peter Angele by Dr. Philip Roessler, organized by the ON Foundation.
April 2020
Interview with Dr. Peter Angele by Dr. Philip Roessler, organized by the ON Foundation.
April 2020
Dr. Peter Angele presenting the future of meniscus regeneration at the ONstage event of the ON Foundation.
February 2020
Dr. Elizaveta Kon presenting the long way to Horizon 2020 at the ONstage event of the ON Foundation.
February 2020
Dr. Elizaveta Kon talks with the ON foundation about MEFISTO, at the occasion of the project Kick-off meeting, in Baden-Baden.
June 2019
This video was made by Francesco Gambaro, in the context of "Communicating Science" course of the Virgilio Program at Humanitas University, with the aim to present the MEFISTO project to a general public audience, winning the first prize for the best video.
June 2019

Project digital flyer

Our project digital flyer is a concise presentation of our overall structure and goals. It is printer-friendly and can be easily read on a mobile device.

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