Research

As well as delivering first rate medical care and services to our patients, our сlinic is also highly dedicated to research and performs clinical trials in cooperation with our Clinical Trial Center for Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery and the Center for Clinical Trials (ZKS). This research is instrumental in helping us to further improve treatment during and after surgery and to continue to make surgery less invasive. In addition to clinical trials, we also conduct basic research to gain a better understanding of the causative mechanisms underlying injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, to develop and refine surgical techniques, and to develop new preventative approaches.

Our research specializations at a glance:

  • Research on the prevention, causation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions
  • Biomechanics (researching the processes causing degeneration and injury in human bones, ligaments and cartilage)
  • Nerve regeneration (improving nerve function after injury)
  • Development of new biodegradable polymers as alternative materials for bone repair and as surface finishes for implants (in cooperation with the working group of the Philipps University Marburg)

Pioneering Spinal Surgery Research and Treatment

The findings from our main research specializations are detailed in a large number of scientific publications and studies and pertain to areas such as biomechanics and the clinical pictures of spinal conditions. One of our research successes deserving special mention is the development of dynamic stabilization implants. These implants can be used to treat a wide range of age-related and degenerative spinal conditions in which a fusion of the unstable spinal segment is indicated. However, these implants preserve a certain level of motion and make the procedure reversible. This reduces the risk that the segments adjacent to the fused spinal segments become overloaded. University Hospital Cologne is one of only a handful of clinics in Europe that offers this procedure.

Our research successes at a glance 

  • Advancing medical procedures for treating inflammatory spinal disorders
  • Advancing our understanding of inflammatory spinal disorders
  • Development of dynamic stabilization implants
  • Clinical studies on the biomechanics and clinical analysis of the spine
  • Residency center and delivery of lectures on intraoperative 3D navigation 
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