Building on strength
Success is often measured in value creation. The Netherlands have a leading position in research and technology of biomaterials for bone and cartilage regeneration. BMM aids to build on these strengths.
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The societal impact of musculoskeletal diseases is significant; estimated annual costs in the USA alone exceed € 200 billion annually, and 20-25% of visits to general practitioners are related to musculoskeletal diseases.
The musculoskeletal research field addresses degenerative diseases of the spine or articulating joints as a result of aging, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis or underlying congenital diseases. Research within BMM focusses on biomaterial solutions, coatings and biocompatibility screening for biomaterial implants.
In the spine, the most urgent clinical demands relate to back pain as a result of intervertebral disc degeneration, osteoarthritis, or osteoporosis. For articulating joint disease, clinical demand is in the progressive cartilage damage in the young and the degenerative joint, for which the current treatment is replacement with an artificial joint at the end of disease.
BMM projects target at new, less invasive, functional treatments aimed at preventing degeneration and regeneration of bone and cartilage. Moreover, to prevent infections and immune responses after biomaterial implantation, various projects are focused on developing new strategies for biomedical coatings.
The Dutch Arthritis Foundation
has joined BMM as a partner in 2011. Their goal is to financially support scientific research aimed at curing or at least improving the current treatment of diseases linked to the musculoskeletal system.