Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma

Università Campus Bio-Medico di Roma (UCBM) was established in 1993 with the cultural aim of restoring to the biomedical sciences the value of human life and the person as their central focus. UCBM promotes integrated teaching, research and healthcare, pursuing as the main end of all its activities the good of the human person. UCBM is now an international centre of education, health services and scientific research. The close links between the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, the Centre for Integrated Research (CIR) and the modern hospital provide an optimal environment to develop and apply patient-oriented technologies, and to perform basic, preclinical and clinical research.
The UCBM Research Unit of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery focuses on research of degenerative and traumatic diseases of the musculoskeletal system, in particular spine and upper and lower limbs.  As part of the CIR, treatment and research are approached with a multidisciplinary view in order to achieve the best results for the patients. 
The Research Unit is also equipped with a Regenerative Orthopeadics Laboratory where basic and preclinical research is performed. The tight coexistence of Basic Scientiests and Orthopaedic Surgeons provides an optimal environment to develop and apply patient-oriented traslational research. The Scientists working in the Lab have exellent expertises in histology, cell and molecular biology. Preclinical studies are also carried out by the Unit on both rabbit and sheep models. Within the iPSpine project the multiidisciplinary UCBM team will contribute by exploring the safety of the iPSpine concept in clinically relevant animal models.

Dr. Gianluca Vadalà is an Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon since 2009 with a PhD in Tissue Regeneration obtained in 2012 at UCBM. He achieved also a MBA in Healthcare administration in 2013 at UCBM. Over the past ten years of education and scientific production, Dr. Vadalà devoted his career to acquiring multidisciplinary knowledge and to organizing a multitask network of collaborators to develop new biological therapies included cell therapies for the treatment of IDD aiming to move toward human clinical trials. He is currently Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the UCBM Hospital of Rome in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he actively performs spine surgery. He co-ordinates a laboratory of the Operative Unit of Orthopaedic Surgery. Currently, Dr. Vadalà coordinates the UCBM unit of the RESPINE project (H2020 # 732163).



Fabrizio Russo is a PhD student in tissue regeneration and Orthopedic Surgeon working in the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at UCBM. He has received many prestigious awards, such as thethe North American Spine Society (NASS) Research Traveling Fellowship, the Biospina Award by the Italian Society of Spinal Surgery (SICV&GIS), the Short-Term Scientific Mission Grant by European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). He collaborates with the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute of University of California (San Francisco, USA), the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program of the AO Research Institute (Davos, Switzerland) and the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic and Spine Research of University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (PA, USA). Dr Russo primary clinical and surgical interest is Spine Surgery. He is active in clinical research and care of patients. He has attended the AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID) Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Course. He has expertise in both clinical and laboratory research, patient care and data management.


Giuseppina Di Giacomo is a Post Doctoral scientist in tissue regeneration working in the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at UCBM. In 2015 she has work with Caleido SAS of Pennacchini Patrizia at the Rome research Area of University of Tor Vergata and in 2013 Post Doctoral Fellowship at IRCCS San Raffale Pisana, Roma. In 2010 PhD student in cellular and molecular biology at University of Rome Tor Vergata.