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7th International Patellofemoral Research Retreat (2023)

It has been a while since our last International Patellofemoral Research Retreat in Milwaukee in 2019, and since then humanity has been forced to face international crises. Although we are still in the era of the COVID-19 pandemic, other destructive problems have been added. However, while the pandemic has been an unpredictable event and difficult for humans to control, wars and destruction are decided by humans themselves.  At least in this regard, we as human beings and scientists have a moral duty to be constructive and offer our energies to others in a totally inclusive manner without ulterior motives. Since its founding, this has been the spirit of our small but dynamic community, and we hope to continue in this direction, despite the challenges on the horizon, by picking up where we left off.

In this context, we are delighted to welcome you to the 7th International Patellofemoral Research Retreat, to be held in Bologna, Italy, from 6-9 June 2023, at the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli. Bologna is the capital of the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, is home to the oldest continuously operational university in the world (founded in 1088 and the first to be conceived in the modern sense of higher education institution), and is also home to the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, renowned hospital and highly specialized research institute, among the best in the world in the field of orthopedics and traumatology.

Building on the six previous successful Retreats, iPFRR23 will bring together leaders and experts in patellofemoral pain research from around the world. The aims of the Retreat are to share the latest patellofemoral pain research developments, discuss the literature to formulate consensus statements to disseminate knowledge, and develop a future research agenda for patellofemoral pain.

Following the Retreat, we invite all colleagues with an interest in patellofemoral pain to attend the Clinical Symposium on 9 June 2023 in Bologna. We have developed an exciting Symposium program, incorporating summaries of key information and outcomes of the Retreat, keynote presentations from highly respected international experts on patellofemoral pain, and interactive hands-on workshops to refine your clinical skills. For any clinician who manages patients with patellofemoral pain, the Clinical Symposium is an event not to be missed.

Local Planning Team

  • Claudio Belvedere, PhD (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
  • Lisa Berti, Physiatrist (University of Bologna & IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
  • Alberto Leardini, PhD (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
  • Volga Bayrakcı Tunay, PhD, PT (Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)
  • Giacomo Dal Fabbro, MD (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
  • Maurizio Ortolani, IT (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
  • Martina Vevoto, MEng (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)
  • Giulio Sacchetti, MEng (IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna)


Keynote Speakers


    Professor Stefano Zaffagnini is a Full Professor in Orthopaedics and Traumatology in the University of Bologna’s Faculty of Medicine. He is also Head of 2nd Clinic, Orthopaedics and Traumatology at the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna. He is Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics. Prof Zaffagnini’s research is focused on biomechanics in native knees as well as after ligament or meniscal injuries and prosthetic knees. His specific interests include treatments for ACL-tears, meniscal allograft transplantation, knee osteotomy, regenerative medicine, articular cartilage resurfacing procedures, complex patellofemoral instability, and difficult combined and revision injuries.



    Presenting with Professor Maria Grazia Benedetti.


    Professor Maria Grazia Benedetti is a Physiatrist and full Professor at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Since 2011 she is also Director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Unit of IRCSS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna. She was a founding member of both the Italian Society of Clinical Movement Analysis (SIAMOC) and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) Italia. Prof. Benedetti’s research interests include orthopaedic rehabilitation, clinical application of movement analysis, particularly gait analysis, dynamic electromyography, and joint biomechanics in the orthopedic and rehabilitation field.



    Presenting with Professor Stefano Zaffagnini.


    Dr Melanie Holden is a Chartered Physiotherapist with 17 years of experience of applied health research. She is a Senior Research Fellow within the School of Medicine at Keele University where she leads the Osteoarthritis (OA) Research Group. Her research focus is optimising the management of OA through rehabilitation (non-drug, non-surgical treatments). The overall goal of her portfolio is high-quality, innovative research that positively impacts on health and care provision, and benefits patients. She utilises a ranges of research methodologies with embedded patient and public involvement. This includes individual participant data meta-analyses, cross-sectional surveys, qualitative studies, and randomised controlled trials. Dr Holden’s research has described national and international OA management, provided understanding about OA-related attitudes and beliefs and exercise adherence (including how to define, measure, and address it), and has developed, and tested, novel physiotherapy-led OA rehabilitation interventions (e.g. knee bracing for knee OA). She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications with excess of 2000 citations and has secured over £4,500,000 in grant income.

    Presenting with Adele Higginbottom.


    Adele Higginbottom provides day to day co-ordination of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) in the Impact Accelerator Unit (IAU) within the School of Medicine Keele University England.

    Providing ongoing advice for PPIE within the Schools research activity. This includes working closely with researchers and public members throughout the research process including developing and co-ordinating new PPIE groups.

    Adele is working with researchers and public members to co-produce training sessions for public members.

    She has a passion for patient involvement in research and the added value that this brings to research.

    Adele has presented work for PPIE locally, nationally and internationally for the past 17 years. She has visited Sri Lanka twice, giving presentations and workshops regarding PPIE for researchers and clinicians, community members and government ministers.

    Adele is a member of the EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) Patient Research Partner group, and a founder member of the EULAR Study Group for collaborative research.

    Presenting with Dr. Melanie Holden.


  1. 1 October 2022

    Call for abstracts is OPEN!

    To submit an abstract, click here: https://ipfrn.org/abstractsubmission/

  2. 1 December 2022

    Call for abstracts closed

  3. 20 December 2022

    Notifications to authors regarding abstract submissions!

  4. 1 February 2023

    Register for iPFRR23 here!

  5. 1 April 2023

    Early bird registration closes.

  6. 6-8 June 2023

    iPFRR23 (Bologna)

  7. 9 June 2023

    Clinical Symposium (Bologna)



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