Dr Chris Arts is Professor Translational Biomaterials Research at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC) and Department Biomedical Engineering Eindhoven University of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis at Radboud University Medical Centre Nijmegen (2006) focused on the usability of calcium phosphate ceramic materials during hip arthroplasty revision surgery with the bone impaction grafting technique.
Prof Arts is working in the field of translational biomaterials research with emphasis on biomaterials for use in segmental bone defect healing, infection prevention and infection treatment, antimicrobial resistance and spinal deformity. Furthermore, he is working on development of high-resolution imaging techniques to visualize incorporation, degradation of biomaterials in vivo in clinical patients. 3-D printing of medical devices or implants for spinal fusion optimalisation is another one of his research pursuits.
Although Prof. Arts works on material technology solutions for patients, there are also fundamental aspects in his research “What is the most optimal way of bone integration of a medical implant and which design parameters have the most influence on this” and “How much does calcium phosphate biomaterials contributes to the mechanical stability of the bone during integration, remodeling and resorption of the biomaterial? What biological mechanisms underlie this? And above all, how can we influence these mechanisms?”.
Chris has co-authored about 110 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and several book chapters
Chris has a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ/BKO) and fulfills teaching roles in the Master Biomedical Sciences (FHML, UM), AKO (FHML, UM) and Master Medical Engineering (BMT, TU Eindhoven) programs. He currently supervises 14 PhD students of which 8 as primary promotor.
In conjunction with several societies, he is active in setting up new initiatives in biomaterials education for both academia and industry. In 2018, he initiated the Translational Orthopaedic Biomaterial Interest Group (TOBIG) to raise more awareness about education relating to bone graft substitute materials (www.tobig.eu). He is interested in educating surgeons about the application of biomaterials in clinical practice and he has bundled his insights in practice booklets.
Current Research Projects as Principle investigator
Previous Research Projects
Dept Orthopaedic surgery, CAPHRI Research school, Maastricht University
Dept Orthopaedic biomechanics, Faculty Biomedical Engineering, TU/e
Biomaterials: Acces2bone, Bonalive, Cambioceramics, Cerapedics, Curasan, DSM Biomedical, Fuji, Heraeus, Depuy J&J
Implants: DSM Biomedical, Depuy J&J, invibio Medtronic, Stryker