DR Claudia Di Bella

DR Claudia Di Bella

Positions

  • Tissue Engineering (Musculoskeletal)

Overview

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  • Dr Claudia Di Bella is an academic orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in musculoskeletal tissue engineering. Dr Di Bella graduated in medicine and surgery in 2002 (Bologna University, Italy) and subsequently obtained her specialist recognition as orthopaedic surgeon in 2007 (Bologna University, Ita). She then obtained her PhD in Oncology and Experimental pathology in 2012 (Bologna University). Dr Di Bella moved to Australia (Melbourne) in December 2009, and in 2014 obtained the recognition by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to practice in Australia as orthopaedic surgeon. Dr Di Bella is a surgeon specialist in the treatment of osteoarthritis and bone and soft tissue tumors. Dr Di Bella's research is focused on the biological treatment of cartilage injuries and early osteoarthritis using innovative tissue engineering techniques. Dr Di Bella leads the Cartilage Regeneration Program of Research at the Department of Surgery - Melbourne University, branch of the large Advanced Limb Regeneration (ALR) Program, directed by prof Peter Choong. The Cartilage regeneration program is centred on the use of advanced 3D printing technologies, including surgical 3D printing and stem cells, for the regeneration of healthy articular cartilage both in vitro and in vivo.   

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Additional Grant Information

  • • Research Endowment Funds (SVHM) Chief Investigator (CI) 2018 – 20,000 AUD A biological sticky wicket – Adhesion of hydrogel onto cartilage for osteochondral repair • The CASS Foundation research Grant Chief Investigator (CIA) 2018 – 56,000 AUD 3D printing of living body parts: Investigating a novel 3D printed bio-adhesive hydrogel for the regeneration of cartilage. • Arthritis Australia – Eventide Homes Research Project Grant Chief Investigator (CIA) 2018 – 30,000 AUD 3D Bioprinting of bio-adhesive scaffold for cartilage regeneration • Seeding Grant, University of Melbourne Chief Investigator (CIA) 2018 – 20,000 AUD A novel Bio-adhesive hydrogel for cartilage 3D printing • Senior Lecturer Fellowship – RACS Chief Investigator 2018-2019 – 263,000 AUD • ARC Training Centre for Additive Manufacturing Chief Investigator 2017-2021 – 3,722,989 AUD • Foundation for Surgery John Loewenthal Project Grant – RACS Chief Investigator, Project Leader (CIA) 2017 – 100,000 AUD The next generation of Bioprinting for cartilage regeneration • Research Endowment Funds (REF) – St Vincent’s Hospital Chief Investigator, Project Leader (CIA) 2017 - 20,000 AUD The hand-held Biopen system as a tool to “draw” stem cells laden bioscaffolds for cartilage regeneration • Research Endowment Funds (REF) – St Vincent’s Hospital Chief Investigator, Project Leader (CIA) 2016 - 20,000 AUD Novel treatment approach for early osteoarthritis: The Biopen for direct bio-printing of stem cells into focal articular cartilage defects • Victorian Orthopaedic Research Trust (VORT) Chief Investigator, Project Leader (CIA) 2016 – 10,000 AUD Advanced Dynamic Culture for 3D Printed Cartilage • Arthritis Australia – Zimmer Australia Grant Chief Investigator, Project Leader (CIA) 2016 – 40,000 AUD The “BIOPEN”: Innovative 3D Printing for treatment of Arthritis • Research Endowment Funds (REF) – St Vincent’s Hospital Chief Investigator, Project Leader (CIA) 2015 - 20,000 AUD Bio-printing of stem ce   

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Bologna 2012
  • MD, University of Bologna 2002

Awards and honors

  • Senior Lecturer Fellowship, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2017
  • Early career Research Award, Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society, 2017
  • Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association, 2014
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, 2014

Supervision

Available for supervision

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