Welcome to iPFRR23
June 6, 2023 | IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy
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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 Bayrakc─▒ 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 (TBA)


iPFRR23 scientific program coming soon.

Registration for iPFRR23 coming soon!

Information on traveling to the Bologna and accommodations.

Ideas to make the most of your time in Bologna coming soon.


  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

    Registration for iPFRR23 Opens

  5. 1 May 2023

    Early bird registration closes.

  6. 6-8 June 2023

    iPFRR23 (Bologna)

  7. 9 June 2023

    Clinical Symposium (Bologna)


Date: June 6, 2023

Address: IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy

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