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Award for Ceramic Implant Applications in Arthroplasty

The “Heinz-Mittelmeier Research Award” by the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery e.V. (DGOOC) recognizes research on ceramic implant applications in arthroplasty – endowed by CeramTec GmbH.

The award is offered to young doctors, engineers and scientists aged 45 and under for outstanding research and development work in the field of bioceramics and the wear problems in joint replacements and in connection with clinical results of ceramic implants.

Work may be published in scientific journal or book. Additionally unpublished manuscripts, diploma theses, dissertations and post-doctoral theses are also accepted. The work must not have been submitted for, or received, any other scientific prize.

The winner is chosen by a DGOOC jury. The 2023 research award will be presented during the jointly sponsored congress by the German Society for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (DGOOC), the German Association for Trauma Surgery (DGU) and the Professional Association of Orthopedists and Trauma Surgeons (BVOU) in Berlin.

To be considered for the competition your work, in German or English, must be received no later than July 31st, 2023. A declaration that your work has not received or been submitted for another award, together with the data protection form (available on the DGOU website) must accompany your entry via email to:


The German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery e.V. (DGOOC).

Previous Award Winners Heinz-Mittelmeier Research Award


Dr.-Ing. Philipp DAMM (Germany)

In vivo friction in total hip joint replecament - the 'un'known load paramater


Jessica HEMBUS (Germany)

Experimental Investigation of Material Transfer on Bearings for Total Hip Arthroplasty—A Retrieval Study on Ceramic and Metallic Femoral Heads


Dr. Lisa RENNER (Germany)

Ceramic-on-Ceramic Bearing in Total Hip Arthroplasty Reduces the Risk for Revision for Periprosthetic Joint Infection Compared to Ceramic-on-Polyethylene: A Matched Analysis of 118,753 Cementless THA Based on the German Arthroplasty Registry



Implants with ceramic bearing surfaces have a lower risk of revision for prosthetic joint infection following primary hip replacement: findings from the National Joint Registry for England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man


Saurabh LAL (UK)

Novel systematic methodologies for isolation, characterization, and biological evaluation of ceramic and metal wear particles


Constantin MAYER (Germany)

Wear kinetics of highly cross-linked and conventional polyethylene are similar in the medium term follow-up after primary total hip arthroplasty


Anastasia RAKOW (Germany)
Janosch SCHOON (Germany)

Influence of particulate and dissociated metal-on-metal hip endoprosthesis wear on mesenchymal stromal cells in vivo and in vitro


Julian GUEHRS (Germany)

The influence of stem taper re-use upon the failure load of ceramic heads



What factors influence fretting corrosion in THA with ceramics heads. A retrieval analysis


Jan-M. BRANDT (Canada)

Clinical failure analysis of contemporary ceramic-on-ceramic total hip replacements


Jan Philippe KRETZER (Germany)

Wear in total knee arthroplasty – just a question of polyethylene?


Fritz THOREY (Germany)

Early results of revision hip arthroplasty using a ceramic revision ball head


Saverio AFFATATO (Italy)

Mixing and matching in ceramic-on-metal hip arthroplasty: An in-vitro hip simulator study


Martin IHLE (Germany)

Ceramics vs. CoCrMo femoral heads in combination with polyethylene cups. Long-term wear analysis at 20 years

Alexandra POKORNY (Austria)

The noisy hip – Is it only a ceramic issue?


Saverio AFFATATO (Italy)

Advanced nanocomposite materials for orthopaedic applications.
I. A long-term in-vitro wear study of zirconia-toughened alumina


Jeong-Joon YOO (South Korea)

For his works on ceramic wear couples in hip replacements 


Sofia AVNET (Italy)

Molecular basis of osteoclastogenesis induced by osteoblasts exposed to wear particles


Thomas STERNER (Germany)

Auswirkungen von klinisch relevanten Aluminium Keramik-, Zirkonium Keramik- und Titanpartikeln unterschiedlicher Größe und Konzentration auf die TNFα-Ausschüttung in einem humanen Makrophagensystem

[Effects of clinically relevant alumina ceramic particles, circonia ceramic particles and titanium particles of different sizes and concentrations on TNFα release in a human monocytic cell line]

The awarded paper was published in:
Biomedizinische Technik, 49 (2004), 340-344


Christoph NICH (France)

Long-term results of alumina-on-alumina hip arthroplasty for osteonecrosis

The awarded paper was published in:
Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2003 Dec;(417):102-111

Christian HENDRICH (Germany)

Polyethylene wear in spherical pressfit-cups with 32mm alumina heads


Stefanie VETTER (Germany)

Analyse und Bewertung der Verbundhaftung von Keramik und Knochenzement in der Knieendoprothetik

Please click here (PDF, 7MB)


Corrado PICONI (Italy)

Volumetric determination of the wear of ceramics for hip joints

The awarded paper was published in:
Biomaterials. 2002 Feb;23(4):1131-


Georg BERGMANN (Germany)

Frictional heating of total hip implants

The awarded paper was published in:
J. Biomech. 2001; 34: 421-428



Wear of HIPed and Non-HIPed alumina-alumina hip joints under standard and severe simulator testing conditions

For the abstract (PDF, 76 KB) click here



Analysis of alumina-alumina hip prostheses wear behaviour after 10 Years implantation

The awarded paper was published in:
Clin. Orthop. Rel Res.

For the abstract (PDF, 45 KB) click here


Zhen LU, Harry McKELLOP (USA)

Frictional heating of bearing materials tested in a hip joint simulator

The awarded paper was published in: Proc. Instn. mech. Engrs. 211 Part H (1997), 101-108


Thomas LINDENFELD (Germany)

In-vivo-Verschleiß der Gleitpaarungen Keramik-Polyethylen gegen Metall-Polyethylen

[In vivo wear of the wear couples ceramics-on-polyethylene and metal-on-polyethylene]

The awarded paper was published in:
Zichner L, Lindenfeld T: Orthopäde 26 (1997), 129-134


Ekkehard FRITSCH (Germany)

Biocompatibility of alumina-ceramic in total hip replacement. Macroscopic and microscopic findings on capsular tissues after long-term implantation

For the abstract (PDF, 967 KB) click here