Francois Rannou is a professor of medicine at University Paris Descartes. He leads the PMR department at Cochin hospital and an INSERM group (UMR1124) devoted to the biology of the cartilage and intervertebral disc. He get his MD in 1998 from University Paris Descartes and his PhD from University Paris Orsay in 2001. He spent two years from 2001 to 2003 in the biomedical department of UCR/UCLA, USA. He is the scientific secretary of the French Society of Physical medicine and rehabilitation and the former treasurer of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). He has more than 170 publications in PubMed, with an H index of 46. He is supported by various national and international research grants (PHRC, ANR, H2020).