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Prague TWC 2011

Presidential Speaker

Cody E. Bünger (Denmark) 

Prof Cody Bünger graduated in 1975 from the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He showed an early interest for orthopaedic research and became in 1982 Chairman of the Orthopaedic Research Group at Aarhus University, which today is the base for the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at Aarhus University Hospital. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1987, became appointed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1992 and Head of the Department for Spine Surgery at Aarhus University Hospital that same year. In 1995 he was appointed Peter Moll Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and the following year he became full professor at Aarhus University and visiting professor at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Among many chairmanships, Prof Cody Bünger has been President of the Danish Orthopaedic Society, Nordic Spinal Society, Scandinavian Scoliosis Society, and Scandinavian Orthopaedic Research Society, and is currently president of both SICOT and the Nordic Orthopaedic Federation. In 2004 he was knighted by the Danish Queen for his achievements.

Prof Bünger has been very active in the field of research and has directed many multidisciplinary research projects within the field of orthopaedics covering all aspects from tissue engineering and applied science to clinical trials and cost-effectiveness studies. His main focus has been spinal deformities including scoliosis, spinal metastasis, intervertebral disc disease, spinal fusion, and bone and disc regeneration. He has published more than 285 scientific papers and delivered more than 120 invited guest lectures. He is the main supervisor of 53 PhD and doctoral theses and 37 Master theses. He is currently running 7 randomised prospective studies.