Award for Ceramic Implant Applications in Arthroplasty

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

2020-21 Call for Papers

The German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery e.V. (DGOOC) presents the EUR 5,000 Heinz-Mittelmeier Research Award in collaboration with CeramTec GmbH each year (formerly known as the BIOLOX® Award – until 2003).

The award is offered to young doctors, engineers and scientists age 40 and under for outstanding research and development work in the field of bioceramics and the problem of wear in joint replacements and in combination with clinical results of ceramic implants.

Work may be published in scientific journals or in book form. Unpublished manuscripts that are intended for publication or have already been submitted for publication are also accepted along with graduate theses, dissertations and post-doctoral dissertations. Only work that has already received a similar award is excluded from the competition.

The winner is chosen by a DGOOC jury. The 2020-21 research award will be presented during the jointly sponsored congress by the German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC), the German Association for Trauma Surgery (DGU) and the Professional Association of Orthopaedists and Trauma Surgeons (BVOU) in 2021 in Berlin.

To participate in the competition send the work in German or English until July 31, 2021 with a corresponding declaration that your work has not been distinguished with a similar award solely via email to:

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

Previous Award Winners Heinz-Mittelmeier Research Award



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