ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop

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Clinical, Translational, and Basic Science Research

May 16-17, 2014
Chicago Marriott O’Hare, Chicago, IL


NIW 1The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), the Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation (OREF), and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) offer an expanded version of their long-standing successful grant writing, networking and career development workshop with an emphasis on clinical trials.  Through this workshop, new investigators have developed the skills and learned the strategies to successfully secure funding for clinical, translational, and basic science research.

All attendees will meet senior investigators who manage highly successful research programs funded by the NIH, DOD, VA, and private foundations, and who have served on NIH study sections.  Attendees who elect to submit a draft research plan have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced musculoskeletal researcher who provides mentoring, discusses funding strategies and offers recommendations so essential for a successful academic career.

A session on networking enables early-career investigators to effectively collaborate among their multidisciplinary peers and senior counterparts.  Professional relationships forged at the workshop will continue to develop afterwards as the assigned mentors will provide assistance in grant application preparation beyond the workshop until grants are funded.

The program is open to junior faculty, post-doctoral researchers, clinical fellows, and residents with a commitment to pursuing an academic research career.  Basic science and clinical investigators (PhD, MD, MS) with or without training awards are also invited to attend.

To date, participants of the ORS/OREF Grant Writing Workshop and ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop have received 71 NIH Grants totaling $55,825,033.

Confirmed Faculty:

Tamara Alliston, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California, San Francisco

Susanna Chubinskaya, PhD
CIBA-Geigy Chair of Biochemistry & Professor
Rush University Medical Center, Biochemistry, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery

Drissi M. Hicham, PhD
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Director of Orthopaedic Research
University of Connecticut Health Center

Karl J. Jepsen, PhD
Associate Chair of Research
Orthopaedic Research Laboratories
University of Michigan

Francis Y. Lee MD, PhD
Professor with Tenure
Robert Carroll and Jane Chace Carroll Laboratories Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice Chair of Research, Orthopaedic Surgery
Columbia University

Richard Lieber, PhD
Professor of Orthopaedics and Bioengineering
Department of Orthopaedics
University of California, San Diego

Alexander G. Robling, PhD
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Indiana University

Leena Sharma, MD
Director, Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center in Rheumatology
Northwestern University

D. Rick Sumner, Jr., PhD
Professor and Chairman, Anatomy and Cell Biology
Rush University Medical Center
Anatomy and Cell Biology, Orthopaedic Surgery

Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery,
Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Washington University

Tentative Agenda

May 2014 Workshop Details

May 16 – 17, 2014

Chicago Marriott O’Hare, Chicago, IL

Educational Goals:

  • Essential & Practical Information for Early Career Development (Scientists & MDs)
  • Grant Writing Strategy & Skill
  • Networking for Collaboration


  1. Junior faculty
  2. Clinical fellows, residents, or post-doctoral researchers who are doing research and have a confirmed faculty appointment, or
  3. Basic and clinical investigators (MD, PhD, MS) with or without  training awards


  1. Completed Application
  2. Letter of nomination from division or department chair to include description of the candidate’s work and research interest
  3. NIH Biosketch of the applicant

NIH Biosketch Template

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Potential for success as an independent investigator in musculoskeletal research
  2. Ability to benefit from the ORS/OREF/AAOS New Investigator Workshop
  3. Evidence of commitment in pursuing an academic research career in musculoskeletal research

For more information please contact Jola Lewsza at lewsza@ors.org