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Moustapha Kassem

Chair of Health Sciences
Department of Clinical Research


Dr. Moustapha Kassem is Head of Research at the Molecular Endocrinology Unit (KMEB) at SDU and Professor and Chief Physician, Department of Endocrinology, at the University Hospital of Odense (OUH)

He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Cairo, Egypt, and received post-graduate specialist training in clinical endocrinology in Denmark.  He then obtained his PhD. (1994) and Dr.Sc. (1997) from Aarhus University and received international research training as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA between 1993 and 1995 under the supervision of Larry Riggs.  Dr. Moustapha Kassem was a visiting professor at the System Biology Unit, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia (2012-2013) and at the Garvan Institute for medical research, Sydney, Australia (February 2017).

He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences of bone biology and stem cells that include the Endocrine Society, ASBMR, and European Calcified Tissue Society. He is currently Associate Editor of two journals: Bone and Aging Cell.  Dr. Moustapha Kassem has authored/co-authored 321 original manuscripts and invited reviews/book chapters. in 2012 he was awarded the prestigious Marie and August Krogh research award from the Danish Medical Association.

Dr. Moustapha Kassem has been studying osteoporosis cell biology and skeletal stem cell biology with an emphasis on the introduction of stem cell-based therapies in the clinic. He has multiple scientific achievements to his name including describing a novel method for the isolation of bone marrow skeletal stem cells (which later became known as stromal or mesenchymal stem cells (MSC)) from human bone marrow aspirates in 1991 that has become standard in the field.  Since then, he has characterized several model systems for studying the biology of MSCs that are being used by several international investigators.

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Moustapha Kassem