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Bert van Rietbergen is an Associate Professor in the Orthopaedic Biomechanics research group. Most of his research is aimed at the evaluation of bone structural and mechanical properties for the study of bone diseases (osteoporosis) and implant failure. He has developed a new computational approach for mechanical analysis of bone structures from high-resolution images, and over the last decade his work has focused on clinical applications of this approach for improved diagnosis of bone fracture risk.

Apart from bone fracture risk diagnosis, it is also important to predict how this fracture risk may develop as the results of aging, pharmacological treatments or orthopedic surgery. Van Rietbergen aims at predicting this by developing computational models based on mechanical and biological principles that are validated relative to data obtained from clinical studies.

In recent projects Van Rietbergen is concerned with patient specific prognosis of the risk of bone fracture, multiscale approaches to predict bone remodeling, the analysis of surgical procedures such as used for correction/stabilization of skeletal deformities/fractures and the application of biomaterials.  

Academic background

Bert van Rietbergen studied mechanical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e, The Netherlands) where he received his MSc degree in 1988. After a short appointment as research assistant at the department of Cariology and Endodontology of Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), he moved to the Orthopaedic Research Lab of that same university in 1989. From 1992-1996 he performed his PhD research there under supervision of Prof. Rik Huiskes. He obtained his PhD cum laude with his thesis on 'Mechanical behavior and adaptation of trabecular bone in relation to bone morphology'. In 1997, Van Rietbergen moved to Switzerland for a postdoc position at the ETH Zürich (Institute of Biomedical Engineering). In 1999 he returned to the TU/e to be appointed at Assistant Professor in the newly formed department of Biomedical Engineering. In 2003 he was appointed Associate Professor of Bone & Orthopaedic Biomechanics. 

Affiliated with

· Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Research School CAPHRI, Maastricht University Medical Center, Maastricht, the Netherlands 

Partners in (semi-)industry

· Scanco Medical AG

· DSM Biomedical BV

· Mereo Biopharma 

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Research Output 1991 2019

681 Citations (Scopus)
147 Downloads (Pure)

A new method to determine trabecular bone elastic properties and loading using micromechanical finite-element models

Rietbergen, van, B., Weinans, H., Huiskes, H. W. J. & Odgaard, A., 1995, In : Journal of Biomechanics. 28, 1, p. 69-81

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Bone and Bones
Cancellous Bone
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Trabecular bone tissue strains in the healthy and osteoporotic human femur

Rietbergen, van, B., Eckstein, F., Koller, B., Huiskes, H. W. J., Baaijens, F. P. T. & Rüegsegger, P., 2000, Bone Mechanics II : 46th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, March 12-15, 2000, Orlando, Florida. S.l.: Orthopaedic Research Society, p. 0033-

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Open Access
320 Citations (Scopus)
2 Downloads (Pure)

Finite Element Analyses Based on In Vivo HR-pQCT Images of the Distal Radius is Associated with Wrist Fracture in Postmenopausal Women

Boutroy, S., Rietbergen, van, B., Sornay-Rendu, E., Munoz Chavero, F., Bouxsein, M. L. & Delmas, P. D., 2008, In : Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 23, 3, p. 392-399

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Finite Element Analysis
Bone and Bones
Principal Component Analysis
Bone Density
71 Citations (Scopus)
129 Downloads (Pure)

Bone remodelling in humans is load-driven but not lazy

Christen, P., Ito, K., Ellouz, R., Boutroy, S., Sornay-Rendu, E., Chapurlat, R. & Rietbergen, van, B., 2014, In : Nature Communications. 5, p. 4855-1/5 5 p.

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Bone Remodeling
Bone and Bones
9 Citations (Scopus)
7 Downloads (Pure)

Fracture repair in the distal radius in postmenopausal women: a follow-up 2 years postfracture using HRpQCT

de Jong, J. J., Heyer, F. L., Arts, J. J. C., Poeze, M., Keszei, A. P., Willems, P. C., van Rietbergen, B., Geusens, P. P. & van den Bergh, J. P. W., May 2016, In : Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. 31, 5, p. 1114-1122 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

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Bone Density
Radius Fractures
Bone and Bones
Fracture Healing


Database of femur samples

Hazrati Marangalou, J. (Creator), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, 2013



Bone structure and function

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Continuum mechanics

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Student theses

3D laxity assessment in ACL-patients

Author: Kruis, N., 1 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Ito, K. (Supervisor 1), van Rietbergen, B. (Supervisor 2), Verdonschot, N. J. (External person) (External coach) & Sprengers, A. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Adaptive bone remodeling in the acetabulum after noncemented total hip replacement

Author: Dormans, K., 31 Mar 2002

Supervisor: Huiskes, H. (Supervisor 1) & van Rietbergen, B. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


A method for the determination of the human muscular PCSA based on diffusion tensor imaging

Author: Kierkels, T., 31 Aug 2015

Supervisor: Ito, K. (Supervisor 1), van Rietbergen, B. (Supervisor 2), Meijer, K. (External coach), Drost, M. (External coach) & Oomen, P. (External coach)

Student thesis: Master

Analysis of total disc replacement failure mechanisms

Author: van Rijsbergen, M., 31 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Punt, I. (External person) (External coach), Willems, P. C. (External person) (External coach), van Rietbergen, B. (Supervisor 1) & Ito, K. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

A new method to measure hindfoot stiffness in children with clubfeet

Author: Koopmans, P., 1 Jan 2016

Supervisor: van Rietbergen, B. (Supervisor 1), Reijman, M. (External person) (External coach), van der Steen, M. (External person) (External coach), Bovendeerd, P. (Supervisor 2), Ito, K. (Supervisor 2) & Besselaar, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master