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Professor Cosimo De Bari

Professor Cosimo De Bari

Cosimo graduated in Medicine (maxima cum laude) from the University of Bari (Italy), where he also underwent specialist training in Rheumatology.  He then moved to Belgium, where he obtained his PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven and was recipient of the Rotary Young Investigator Award 2003 from the Royal Belgian Society for Rheumatology.

In 2003 Cosimo moved to the UK in the Department of Rheumatology at King's College London. In May 2005 he was awarded a Clinician Scientist Fellowship from the Medical Research Council, and in December 2005 he was appointed Clinical Senior Lecturer & Consultant Rheumatologist.

Since September 2007 Cosimo has been Professor of Translational Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, where he heads the Regenerative Medicine Group in the Musculoskeletal Research Programme.
Cosimo has expertise in translational stem cell research for musculoskeletal repair, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.  His current research interests focus on the development of novel stem cell-based therapies for the musculoskeletal system, mainly articular cartilage and bone; they also include the study of the resident joint stem cells and their niches in health and diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Cosimo is a member of the Research & Training Committee of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) and of the editorial board of several journals including Regenerative Medicine and Arthritis & Rheumatism.  He serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel of Action Medical Research and on the Fellowships Implementation Committee of Arthritis Research UK.

5 Key Papers:

Kurth TB, Dell’Accio F, Crouch V, Augello A, Sharpe PT, De Bari C. Functional mesenchymal stem cell niches in adult mouse knee joint synovium in vivo. Arthritis Rheum. 2011; 63 (5): 1289-1300.

Zhao Z, Watt C, Karystinou A, Roelofs AJ, McCaig CD, Gibson IR, De Bari C. Directed migration of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in a physiological direct current electric field. Eur Cell Mater. 2011; 22:344-58.

Feng J, Mantesso A, De Bari C, Nishiyama A, Sharpe PT. Dual origin of mesenchymal stem cells contributing to organ growth and repair. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011; 108 (16): 6503-6508.

MacDonald G, Augello A, De Bari C. Role of mesenchymal stem cells in reestablishing immunologic tolerance in autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Arthritis Rheum. 2011; 63 (9): 2547-2557.

Nalesso G, Sherwood J, Bertrand J, Pap T, Ramachandran M, De Bari C, Pitzalis C, Dell’Accio F. WNT-3A modulates articular chondrocyte phenotype by activating both canonical and noncanonical pathways. J Cell Biol. 2011; 193 (3): 551-564.

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