Mats Brittberg is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Kungsbacka Hospital in Kungsbacka, Sweden and Professor at the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Gothenburg. He obtained his medical degree in 1978 and went on to specialise in orthopaedics in 1985, passing the Swedish Orthopaedic Board Exam in 1992. In 1996, he completed his PhD, in 2002 he became Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg and in 2013 he became Professor.
Professor Brittberg’s research focuses on cartilage repair, particularly cartilage regeneration using in vitro expanded autologous chondrocytes. His current main focus is the European Connective Tissue Engineering Centre (ECTEC), a collaboration between the University of Gothenburg and the Institute of Polymer Technology, Chalmers Technical University. Other research collaborations include biotribology in cartilage and osteoarthritis with Virginia Tech in the U. S. as well as other collaborations with many other centres in Europe and North America.
He was a member of the board of Tissue Engineering Society International (TESi) and from 2006-2008, he chaired the Cartilage Committee of ESSKA. He was actively involved in the ICRS since 1997, serving first as secretary, then vice-president and president from 2006-2008, and finally as past-president from 2008-2009. He is currently associate editor for the journal Cartilage, associate editor for the ESSKA journal, and serves on the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. In September 2010, Professor Brittberg received the ICRS Genzyme Lifetime Achievement Award in cartilage research.