Dr Chris Arts is Associate Professor of Translational Biomaterials at Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) where he heads BMI (biomaterials & imaging) group at the Laboratory for Experimental Orthopaedics and at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) research group Orthopaedic Biomechanics. His clinical research at Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) focuses on translational biomaterials for delayed bone healing, infection treatment and spine deformity correction. This entails both the mechanical and biological assessment of biomaterials safety and efficacy performance but also longitudinal metabolic changes in the body. Utilizing high-resolution imaging (HR-pQCT, PET-CT, PET-MR and microCT) combined with computational modeling the incorporation, remodeling and resorption phase of the biomaterials within the host tissue in vivo can be assessed in orthopaedic, trauma and spinal surgery cases. Furthermore assessment of bone healing in clinical patients; and evaluation and implementation of 3-D printing materials science and technology is a focus area as is calcium phosphate ceramics bone graft substitutes. At Eindhoven University of Technology the focus of Arts’ research is in assessment of contribution to mechanical bone strength of biomaterials during incorporation, remodeling and resorption phase using image analysis and validation and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Chris is initiator and chair of the board Translational Orthopaedic Biomaterials Interest Group
Chris Arts studied Physiotherapy at Saxion Hogeschool (Enschede, the Netherlands) where he obtained his BSc in 1997. From 1997-2000, he received his Master’s education in Human Movement Science at Maastricht University (the Netherlands). In 1999 he went to USA to an internship at Yale University and the Yale – New Haven hospital at the cardiothoracic surgery group under the supervision of Prof J.A. Elefteriades performing research of diaphragm pacemaker in high spinal cord injury patients. After graduation he started his PhD research at the department of Orthopaedic Surgery at RadboudUMC (Nijmegen, the Netherlands). He obtained his PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen in 2005 with his thesis ‘New developments in Bone Impaction Grafting’ under supervision of professors Rene Veth, Pieter Buma, Nico Verdonschot and Berend Willem Schreurs. From 2005-2008, Arts was a Clinical Research Manager with Stryker EMEA and had an advisory role on biomaterials development. Since 2008 he is Associate Professor of Translational Biomaterials at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Maastricht University Medical Centre and the Care and Public Health Research Institute CAPHRI. Since 2009 he also is a lecturer and scientist at Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands), where he was appointed Associate Professor of Translational Biomaterials with the Orthopaedic Biomechanics research group in 2017.
Dept Orthopaedic surgery, CAPHRI Research school, Maastricht University
Dept Orthopaedic biomechanics, Faculty Biomedical Engineering, TU/e
Biomaterials: BonAlive, CamBioceramics, Cerapedics, DSM Biomedical, Heraeus, Depuy J&J
Implants: DSM Biomedical, Depuy J&J, Medtronic, Stryker
3D printing: Interreg Prosperos