Successful G20 Forum Held in Montreux

20 of the world's leading plastic reconstructive surgeons and scientists in the field of stem cell, platelet rich plasma and regenerative medicine met in Montreux, Switzerland on 3rd and 4th of September 2012.

The meeting presented a rare opportunity to discuss the current state of knowledge in fat grafting technique and science including the role of cell assistance or regenerative properties of PRP (platelet rich plasma) and ADSC (adipose derived stem cells) among others within a highly interactive small but very senior group.

Notable conclusions, among other, of the meeting were:

  1. Standardization of liposuction and grafting (lipo-filling) technique to achieve best-possible graft properties eliminating, as far as possible, high variation in success rates. Known as the Montreux technique representing best-in-class technique for optimal fat grafting results to be further researched and published by 8 centres in US and EU.
  2. Standardization of peri-operative graft predictability assays to research optimal physical, physiological and cell biology parameters of the fat graft to be included in above publications and form collaboration between stem cell biology laboratories and identified centres.
  3. Establish a European wide registry for breast fat grafting coupled to similar initiative already underway in the US and linked to individual Eu country initiatives. A database will allow for comparison of techniques, increase volumes for large series publications and build necessary evidence required for future constructive dialog with regulatory bodies.

The G20 meeting was a great success and managed to establish a forum for circular discussion away from the formality of academic congresses required to engage in multi-disciplinary discussions to push forward the frontiers known today. The G20 group has the combined seniority to put ambition into action and move this field forward.

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