C. James Kirkpatrick

C. James Kirkpatrick

C. James Kirkpatrick is currently Professor of Pathology and Chairman of the Institute of Pathology at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany, having taken up this position in 1993. He is also Honorary Professor at both the Peking Union Medical College, Beijing and the Sichuan University, Chengdu in China. Kirkpatrick is a graduate of the Queen's University of Belfast and holds a triple doctorate in science and medicine (PhD: 1977; MD: 1982; DSc: 1992). Previous appointments were in pathology at the University of Ulm, where he did post-doctoral research in experimental pathology, Manchester University (Lecturer in Histopathology) and the RWTH Aachen (Professor of Pathology & Electron Microscopy). On moving to Aachen in 1987 he established a cell culture laboratory which began using modern methods of cell and molecular biology to study how human cells react to biomaterials. Since then his principal research interests continue to be in the field of biomaterials in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with special focus on the development of human cell culture techniques, including novel 3D coculture methodology for biomaterials. His research laboratory, the REPAIR-lab, is a member of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and his research is principally funded by the EU, BMBF (German Federal Ministry of Education and Research), BMVg (German Federal Ministry of Defence) and the DFG (German Research Foundation). This emphasis on developing sophisticated in vitro techniques has brought him the Research Prize of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate for Research on Replacement and Alternative Methods for Animal Research. In 2010 he received, as first medical graduate, the Chapman Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in London for "distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials". He is author/coauthor of more than 380 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has made more than 1000 presentations to scientific meetings worldwide. He is a former President of both the German Society for Biomaterials (2001-2005) and the European Society for Biomaterials (2002-2007; George Winter Award 2008) and has served on the Council of the latter since 1995. Kirkpatrick is a long-standing member of the Editorial Board of the premier journal Biomaterials and is a current Associate Editor (since 2002). He has also served as Associate Editor of the leading Journal of Pathology (2001-2006). In total, he serves or has served as an Editorial Board member of 18 international journals in pathology, biomaterials and tissue engineering. Kirkpatrick is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of a number of research institutes, centres of excellence and companies in biomaterials and regenerative medicine in Europe, as well as the Medical Technology Committee, Federal Ministry of Education & Research in Germany (BMBF) (since 2005) and the German Federal Institute for Drugs & Medical Devices (BfArM)(since 2007). During his entire research career, Kirkpatrick has actively practiced diagnostic histopathology, which has allowed him to apply modern molecular pathology techniques to the study of biofunctionality of biomaterials. Since 1997 he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London and since 1995 a Fellow of Biomaterials Science & Engineering (FBSE) of the IUS-BSE (International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science & Engineering). He is also in a second term of service on the Council of the European Chapter of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-EU). Kirkpatrick had also had the privilege of chairing the Scientific Programme Committee for the 8th World Biomaterials Congress in Amsterdam in 2008.

Affiliations and Expertise

Johannes Gutenburg University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany