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The APOLLO Forum (Advanced Plastic & Orthopedic Literature & Logic Open Forum) is an international research and education scientific community in the field of plastic and orthopedic surgery and related research, designed to promote a transdisciplinary approach, debate and literature between medical fields and the POSEID sciences.

Plastic and orthopedic sciences are strongly connected with the POSEID disciplines, as these fields are sharing common interests in implantable biomaterials, surgical techniques and regenerative strategies and materials. For example, platelet concentrates (Leukocyte- and Platelet-Rich Plasma L-PRP and Leukocyte- and Platelet-Rich Fibrin L-PRF) used in oral and maxillofacial surgery to improve soft and hard tissue healing are also widely used as injection in sports medicine or as wound dressing for skin ulcer and wound healing in plastic surgery. The experience gathered in one field is very precious for the understanding and improvement in other fields. Another example can be found in implant surface and bone biomaterials, where similar materials are used in implant dentistry and in orthopedics, while both disciplines are rarely sharing the same research perception and interests.

Despite this obvious transdisciplinarity among these fields, the cooperation between the domains remains indirect in most cases; the literature produced in one domain has in general a limited impact on others. As it can be observed in regenerative medicine and for implantable materials, there cannot be any significant advance without a better integration of the shared knowledge of these fields.

The objective of this open forum is, as the acronym spells it, to develop an integrated platform of literature and logic in plastic, orthopedic and dental sciences. The boundaries of this forum are in fact wider than plastic and orthopedic sciences, and the APOLLO Forum can cover most interconnected medical aspects in general. This original path requires to support interdisciplinary discussions, research and publications, to slowly create a common integrated publication body shared by Experts from these different fields.

Rectors of the Forum:

Prof. Tomasz Bielecki, Head of the Department and Clinic of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Trauma Center Hospital and Medical University of Silesia, Sosnowiec, Poland

Prof. Chang-Qing Zhang, Head of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

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