Mats Brittberg is a member of the Cartilage Research Unit at University of Gothenburg and an orthopaedic surgeon at Region Halland Orthopaedics at the Kungsbacka Hospital, Kungsbacka, Sweden.
He received his MD at the University of Gothenburg in 1978 and completed a specialization in orthopaedics in 1985. In 1992 he passed the Swedish Orthopaedic Board Exam (SOBE), and in 1996 he earned a PhD. He is now a professor of orthopaedics connected to the Institution of Clinical Sciences and Orthopaedic department, University of Gothenburg.
Mats’ research has been focused on cartilage repair and with main focus on cartilage regeneration with in vitro expanded autologous chondrocytes. Today the main interest is the European Connective Tissue Engineering centre (ECTEC) which is research collaboration between the Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg with the institution of Polymer Technology, Chalmers Technical University. Mats has also had research collaboration with Virginia Tech in USA on biotribology in cartilage and osteoarthritis as well as research collaborations with other centers in Europe and North America and central America.
In September 2010, Mats received the ICRS Genzyme Lifetime Achievement Award in cartilage research and in 2012, the Shetty-Kim Foundation (SKF) Scientific award. In 2014, he also received the SKF and UK Cartilage Club’s Life time achievement Aaward.
Mats has been on the board of TESi (Tissue engineering Society International) and has been chairing the Cartilage Committee of ESSKA 2006-08. Since the start 1997, he has been working with ICRS, as a secretary, Vice President and President (2006-2008) and finally Past President (2008-2009). He has been Editor-in-Chief for the Sage journal Cartilage since January 2013. He has also been associate editor of the ESSKA journal as well as being on the editorial board of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Mats is co-director of the cartilage program at Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha, Qatar and was co-chair of the ICRS Heritage Summit meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2017.