ORS Spine Section 2017 Meeting

Sunday, March 19, 2017
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
San Diego Convention Center
Room: 5AB

Meeting Organizers

Judith Hoyland, PhD, Section Chair Elect
James Iatridis, PhD, Section Chair
Christine Le Maitre, PhD, Section Secretary
Jeff Lotz, PhD, Section Treasurer
Devina Purmessur, PhD, Section Membership Chair
Makarand Risbud, PhD, Section Research Chair
Daisuke Sakai, MD, PhD, Section Membership Chair
Nam Vo, PhD, Section Education Chair

Meeting Objectives

  • To present section priorities and accomplishments to the section membership.
  • To educate on focus topics of interest to section membership.
  • To advance knowledge, consensus and best practices in spine research.
  • To provide networking opportunities among different constituencies in spine research (e.g., academics, industry, clinical, regulatory).
  • To promote interactions among section members at varying stages in their careers and specifically to provide educational and networking forum for trainees with interest in spine research.

Coffee will be served on behalf of the section.

Meeting Topics

  • Symposium 1: IVD Tissue Engineering
  • Symposium 2: Clinical Opportunities for Technological Solutions to Address IVD Degeneration and Spine Pain
  • Spine Section Business Meeting


(Confirmed as of December 2016)

  • Conor Buckley, PhD, Trinity College Dublin
  • Rita Kandel, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Robert Mauck, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
  • Gwen Sowa, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 


(Confirmed as of December 2016)

  • Ben Gantenbien-Ritter, PhD, University of Bern
  • Grace O’Connell, PhD, University of California, Berkley
  • Devina Purmessur, PhD, The Ohio State University
  • Dai Sakai, MD, PhD, Tokai University School of Medicine

Section Meeting Agenda

Coming February 2017

ORS Spine Section Social Hour

Sunday, March 19, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
San Diego Convention Center
Room: West Terrace 

The networking event will be hosted by the ORS Spine Section Officers and the Spine Section Membership Task Force. An invitation/RSVP will be sent out to ORS Spine Section members in January 2017!

Join your fellow colleagues and ORS Spine Section members at the second annual ORS Spine Section Networking Social Hour! Meet your ORS Spine Section leadership and section volunteers to celebrate a successful first day of the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting.

All attendees will receive 1 drink ticket and light appetizers will be provided. A cash bar will also be available.

Section Event Fees

ORS Spine Section members                       Free to attend*

*You must have your section member ribbon on your badge and must check in with ORS Spine Section representatives and ORS Staff at the door. 

ORS members**                                             $30.00
Non-members**                                             $30.00

**Section event fee payment can be cash or credit card. It may be paid during a section meeting break or at the door during the event. ORS will process your payment onsite if by credit card and a receipt will be emailed to you.

ORS Spine Section members! Please log in and and RSVP for the Social Hour before February 17.


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Please contact Bailey McMurray, ORS Section Staff Liaison, at mcmurray@ors.org if you have questions.