The 39th EBJIS Annual Meeting

Industry symposium

The EBJIS 39th Annual meeting has been postponed from September 2020 to 7-9 October 2021 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Therefore it has been decided to offer online industry symposia which we normally have during breaks in the scientific programme at our conferences.

BONESUPPORT has kindly supported a symposium focusing on ‘Dead Space Management in Bone Infections’.

The webinar will be available to watch on-demand until the EBJIS conference takes place in October 2021.


Click here to read the programme

Martin McNally is Lead Surgeon at the Oxford Bone Infection Unit in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford University Hospitals. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at Oxford University and King James IV Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Martin was trained in Northern Ireland, USA and Oxford, UK. He is fascinated by the interplay between humans and bacteria. He has a particular interest in bone reconstruction after osteomyelitis, infected fractures and non-unions. He runs research projects in treatments for bone infection, diagnostic methods and local antibiotic delivery systems. He is a co-principal investigator on several large multinational randomised infection trials.

Martin has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters and contributes regularly to instructional courses and international meetings on bone infection and limb reconstruction. He is Past-President of the European Bone and Joint Infection Society (EBJIS) and President of the Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society. He is a member of the EFORT Scientific and Education Committees and co-chair of the International Fracture-related Infection (FRI) Group.

He has learned that a successful and happy career is possible when you like what you do and don’t always believe what you think.


Maria Dudareva is a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and specialist registrar in Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology, interested in improving treatment pathways for patients with bone and joint infection. Her current work focuses on predicting infection recurrence after surgery, for adults with osteomyelitis, fracture-related infection, and prosthetic joint infection. She is investigating the ways pre-operative care could be improved to reduce infection recurrence, without using more antibiotics.

Maria is a co-investigator for the SOLARIO randomised controlled trial of systemic antibiotic duration for patients treated with surgery and local antibiotic therapy (implanted antibiotics) for bone and joint infections.

This study aims to see if it may be possible to shorten the long antibiotic courses often used to treat bone and joint infections.


Alex Ramsden graduated from Glasgow University in 1996. He completed his general surgical training in Newcastle upon Tyne. A two-year period of research at the Restoration of Appearance and Function Trust (RAFT) culminated in the award of an MD from the University of London.

Mr Ramsden then worked for the British Antarctic Survey and spent a successful year in Antarctica providing medical cover to a large team of scientists. A period of specialist plastic surgical training followed in London and North East England with successful completing of his CCT and FRCS (Plast) fellowship examination.

A hugely rewarding fellowship was undertaken at the Royal Melbourne Hospital supported by a bursary from the British Association of Plastic and

Reconstructive Surgeons. He studied all aspects of microvascular reconstruction for one year.

He has worked in the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre since 2010. Mr Ramsden has a busy practice in all aspects of hand and plastic surgical emergencies, bone infection, microvascular reconstruction and elective hand surgery.


Dr. Elena De Vecchi is head of the Laboratory of Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology at Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi in Milan, Italy, and Adjunct Professor for the Diagnostic Techniques of Microbiology, Virology, and Parasitology course at the University of Milan.

Dr. De Vecchi’s research focuses mainly on the in vitro activity of antibiotics, the mechanism of action of probiotics, microbial biofilm, and diagnosis of biofilm-associated infections. She is the author of over 100 publications in both national and international journals, a member of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCIMD) and of the Italian

Clinical Microbiologists Association (AMCLI), and has been enrolled in the National Order of Biologists since 1997.