Driving meniscus health forward

Project outcomes

Scientific publications

1.
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
2.
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
3.
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
4.
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
5.
Extending Single Cell Bioprinting from Femtosecond to Picosecond Laser Pulse Durations.
Micromachines 12, 1172 (2021). doi: 10.3390/mi12101172
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
Single Cell Bioprinting with Ultrashort Laser Pulses.
Advanced Functional Materials 31, 2100066 (2021). doi: 10.1002/adfm.202100066
13.
Engineering Anisotropic Meniscus: Zonal Functionality and Spatiotemporal Drug Delivery.
Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews (2020). doi: 10.1089/ten.teb.2020.0096. Archive: MINERVA
14.
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
15.
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
16.
Therapeutic Manipulation of Macrophages Using Nanotechnological Approaches for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis.
Nanomaterials 10, 1562 (2020). doi: 10.3390/nano10081562
17.
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
18.
From Shape to Function: The Next Step in Bioprinting.
Advanced Materials 32, 1906423 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/adma.201906423
19.
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
20.
Bioprinting Neural Systems to Model Central Nervous System Diseases.
Advanced Functional Materials 30, 1910250 (2020). doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201910250
21.
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.
Interview with Dr. Peter Angele by Dr. Philip Roessler, organized by the ON Foundation.
April 2020
Interview with Dr. Elizaveta Kon by Dr. Kay Horsch, organized by the ON Foundation.
May 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).