Melbourne Stem Cell Centre, located in Box Hill, Melbourne is committed to the ethical development and research into conservative treatments for mild osteoarthritis. Melbourne Stem Cell Centre follows the National Health and Medical Research Councils guidelines for therapeutic treatments. Melbourne Stem Cell Centre is seen as an industry leader in the area of osteoarthritis research.

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Meet our Sports Medicine Doctors...

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Dr Julien Freitag
Sports Medicine Physician & Head of Clinical Research

Assoc. Prof. Julien Freitag is an experienced musculoskeletal specialist and is a fellow of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.

His practice is focused on the active management of musculoskeletal conditions including osteoarthritis and tendinopathy.

Assoc. Prof. Freitag is an authority in the area of clinical regenerative musuloskeletal medicine including Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) and Mesenchymal Stem Cell (MSC) therapy. He has published numerous international articles in the area of regenerative medicine and is a frequent contributor and invited speak to local and international conferences. Assoc. Prof. Freitag is the Principle Clinical Investigator in a number of world leading research projects in the area of stem cell therapy in osteoarthritis.

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Dr Dan Bates
Sports Medicine Physician

Dr Bates is a Sports and Exercise Medicine doctor. He competed a science degree   at the University of Melbourne in 1995 and completed his medical degree in 2001 at the University of Newcastle.

He has worked for Australian sporting teams and professional football clubs. His clinical practice is focused on osteoarthritis and chronic pain. His research has been in the area of osteoarthritis  and in stem cell therapies with Australian Catholic University and Monash University. Dr Bates has presented internationally on  sport and exercise medicine topics.

He is involved in the development of an Australian code of practice for the use of autologous stem cells in humans.


Dr Matt Chamberlain
Sports Medicine Physician

Dr Chamberlain is a Sports and Exercise Medicine physician. He  completed his medical degree in 1998 at the University of Sydney, and has a further degree in Clinical Epidemiology through the University of Newcastle. His clinical practice is mixed between sports and musculo-skeletal medicine, as well as more specifically osteoarthritis care at all levels.

He has worked extensively with Melbourne sporting terms, and is the current team doctor for the Australian Dolphins swimming team and Melbourne Vixens Netball team.

Dr Chamberlain is currently involved with the research through the Melbourne Stem Cell Centre, as well as further research looking at advanced MRI imaging modalities in osteoarthritis.