“A milestone in my professional career“ – the Osteology Research Academy in Kiel

Once more, the Osteology Research Academy has educated ten young researchers in histological techniques. Participants and lecturers were equally excited, and found the course absolutely relevant for a professional research career.


It was the second time that the Osteology Research Academy has visited Kiel. The Expert Module course on Histological Techniques in Oral Tissue Regeneration was once again hosted by the renowned Clinic for Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Plastic Surgery, directed by Professor Jörg Wiltfang.

The ten participants formed a very international group that shared a common  interest in research in the field of oral tissue regeneration. The young researchers came from seven different countries: Brazil, Germany, UK, Hungary, Israel, Italy and Switzerland.

“Firework display of research in Osteology”
And the two-and-a-half day course not only delivered what it promised, it surpassed expectations: “It was a firework display of research in Osteology” – that’s what the chairman of the Research Academy, Professor Reinhard Gruber, said after the course. And he added: “There was much more in this course than you would have expected from the title.”

Relevant content for young researchers
The participants too were excited by the course and its content. The young researchers found it very helpful for their work, and reported that they really had learned a lot of things that were relevant for their future projects.

Gian Paolo Gennari, Italy, who had already attended the Core Module of the Osteology Research Academy in Lucerne and now also participated in the course in Kiel, explained: “I had the possibility to discover a lot of new things and I’m happy to have attended both courses. It was a milestone in my professional career.”

Hands-on and lectures
A mixture of hands-on workshops in the laboratory and lectures focused on all kinds of research questions in bone regeneration, and the corresponding histological and staining techniques. But the highlight was the course block about anatomy, histology & cell-biological aspects by Professor Bodo Kurz (Kiel), Professor Reinhard Gruber (Bern/Vienna), and Professor Hendrik Terheyden (Kassel).

Of particular interest was also a presentation by Kathrin Becker about new techniques in micro-CT. This still very innovative technology creates cross-sections in the micrometre range and allows the study of bone architecture dynamics noninvasively.

Research Academy in 2015
After the great success of the Osteology Research Academy in 2014, the next courses for 2015 are already in preparation and the dates have been set: from 14 - 18 September 2015, the Core Module will again take place in Lucerne, and from 2 – 4 November the Expert Module will be back in Kiel.

More information on the courses may be found in time on the Research Academy websites of the Osteology Foundation. Education Grants are available to support young researchers who wish to attend the courses.