Georg Duda is an engineer and one of the three founding directors of the BCRT. Since 2008, he has been Director of the Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin.
The research interest of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Georg Duda is the interaction between biology and mechanics. The doctor of biomechanics is primarily concerned with the musculoskeletal system and the interaction of bones and muscles. He is particularly interested in the biomechanical influences and their effects on an intact and injured musculoskeletal system (e.g. joint and bone loads).
Prof. Duda’s focus is, among other things, on the interaction (correlation) between physical and mechanical conditions and biological regeneration in the musculoskeletal system. Using examples from bone and cartilage healing, he was able to successfully demonstrate the importance of the biomechanical condition of cells and tissue during the healing phase of the musculoskeletal system. Understanding the mechanobiological interaction lead to redesigning implants and fundamental changes in fracture treatment.
This work is the basis for new approaches in regenerative medicine. The research aims to understand the body's own regeneration processes and, if necessary, to stimulate them. Thereby supporting the natural healing process of the musculoskeletal system. The fundamental understanding of mechanical stimulation helps with understanding as well as ability to manage endogenous regeneration. It is clear that especially the early phase of bone healing is influenced by mechanical factors, among other things. This offers novel approaches for regenerative medicine.
Georg Duda studied biomedical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and received his doctorate in biomechanics from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg in 1996. After his visiting research role at the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University, he became head of the research department of the Centre for Musculoskeletal Surgery (CMSC) at Charité in 1997. He is director of the Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration at Charité and has been a faculty member of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University since 2016. In 2020, Professor Duda accepted the call to become the BIH Chair of Engineering for Regenerative Therapies and was elected to the Senate of the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2021, he has been the spokesperson for the BIH Centre for Regenerative Therapies (BCRT).