İstinye University Topkapı Campus, İstanbul
December 1-3, 2023

Training School 
Articular Cartilage Engineering

COST-Action-CA21110-Building an open European Network on OsteoArthritis research (NetwOArk)


1 December (Friday)

2 December (Saturday)

3 December (Sunday)



Meeting & Greeting Participants and Patients

Lecture- The role of tissue engineering in osteoarthritis

(Prof. Dr. Seda Vatansever, MD, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf

Lecture- Cartilage-on-a-chip: Opportunities and challenges

(Assoc. Prof. Hüseyin Avcı, PhD)


Lecture- Disease and Illness in OA: netwOArk and building the European Society of OA (EUSOA)

(Prof. Christoph Ladel, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf

Lecture- Can microfluidics-enabled platforms expedite the assessment of immune response towards implantable biomaterials for the knee?

(Prof. Dr. Özlem Yeşil Çeliktaş, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf

Lecture-Mesenchymal stem cell treatment for osteoarthritis

(Assoc. Prof. Onur Uysal, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf



Erkan İbiş (Rector) & Hatice Gülen (Vice Rector)

Ayça Bal Öztürk & Feza Korkusuz (MC)

Çağatay Öztürk (Head of Department)

Lecture- Nanoparticular delivery systems for osteoarthritis therapy

(Assoc. Prof. Pınar Çakır Hatır, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf

Lecture-Exosomes for Articular Cartilage Regeneration

(Olcay Eren MD)

Lecture slides .pdf


Lecture- Synthetic mRNA-based approaches for tissue regeneration – Application potential for the treatment of osteoarthritis

(Meltem Avci‐Adali, PhD, EKU Tübingen)

Lecture slides.pdf

Lecture- Prospective in regenerative medicine and biosensor: when biology meets technology

(Valentina Basoli, PhD)

Lecture- Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation for Cartilage Defects

(Prof. Gökhan Meriç)






Lecture- Articular Cartilage Tissue Engineering – From Bench to Bedside

(Prof. Feng Huei-Lin PhD, NHRI Taiwan)

Lecture- Current Situation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Treatments for Knee Osteoarthritis

(Massimiliano Rucci, MD)

Lecture- Safety of drugs used in osteoarthritis

 (Prof. Semra Şardaş, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf


Lecture - Bone and cartilage histology and stem cells in osteoarthritis.

(Assist. Prof. Hakan Darıcı, PhD)

Lecture slides.pdf

Lecture - Efficacy of stem cell-rich SVF - stromal vascular fraction fluid in treating osteoarthritis

(Aşkın Nasırcılar, Md)

Lecture slides.pdf

Panel-Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment Algorithms: Perspectives of patients, clinicians and researchers.

(Prof. Dr. Çağatay Öztürk, Dr. Gürkan Gümüşsuyu)

Panel slides-1.pdf

Panel slides-2.pdf


Lecture - Obtaining stromal cells from adipose tissue (TOST) with the ultra-sharp blade system and long-term results of orthopedic applications.

(Prof. Eray Copçu, MD)

Lecture - Structure and Function of Articular Cartilage

(Dr. Girish Pattappa)

Lecture slides.pdf


Lecture-3D bioprinting for tissue/organ engineering

(Prof. Dr. Bahattin Koç, PhD)

Lecture – Stem cells in orthopedics.

(Luminita Labusca, MD PhD, Romania)

Lecture slides.pdf






Hands‐on lab experiments –

Hydrogel preparation techniques for 3D Cell Culture, Bioink preparation and 3D bioprinting with live cells

(Assoc. Prof. Ayça Bal Öztürk, PhD & Assoc. Prof. Emine Alarçin, PhD)

Hands‐on lab experiments –

Spheroid - Organoid preparation and culture

(Assist. Prof. Hakan Darıcı, PhD)

Hands‐on lab experiments –

Project Based Learning- Mini Quiz

(Assist. Prof. Hakan Darıcı, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Ayça Bal Öztürk, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Emine Alarçin, Gülşah Torkay &Remzi Okan Akar)






Hands‐on lab experiments –

Imaging 3D cell culture systems

(Assoc. Prof. Ayça Bal Öztürk, PhD & Assist. Prof. Hakan Darıcı, PhD)

Hands‐on lab experiments –

Angiogenic potentials of 3D scaffolds in in ovo technique

(Gülşah Torkay & Remzi Okan Akar)

Feedback from participants & patients

                              NOTE: We kindly ask all trainees to bring their lab coats in order to participate in hand-on-experiment sessions.