8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Stryker/ORS Women’s Research Fellowship Recipient
Force and Motion Foundation/ORS Young Scientist Travel Grant Recipient
JOR Excellence and Early Career Awards
ON Foundation/ORS Kick-Starter Grant Recipients
ON Foundation Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeff Karp, B.Eng., PhD
Innovation Inspired by Nature
The ON Foundation is dedicated to advancing orthopedic tissue regeneration, often inspired by nature. ON and ORS are happy to present Dr. Jeff Karp, B.Eng., PhD.
When developing technologies to solve medical problems, often one encounters significant hurdles, that at times seem insurmountable. Overcoming these hurdles requires new ways of thinking. One approach is to turn to nature for inspiration. Millions and millions of years of research and development at our fingertips, and all we need to do is look outside to the amazing creatures that inhabit our planet. This talk will explore medical technologies being developed that harness lessons from nature for inspiration, from creatures such as geckos, spider webs, jellyfish, porcupine quills, snails, to spiny headed worms. Another approach is radical simplicity — the art and discipline of reducing a problem to its essence. This tool has been harnessed to develop a new skin care approach that is advancing towards global market adoption, and therapeutic strategies to combat inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis that are advancing towards clinical studies.
Dr. Jeff Karp is a Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (where he teaches to HST and MIT-Sloan business school students). His work spans the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He has published >100 peer-reviewed papers (with >14,000 citations), has given >250 national and international invited lectures, and has >100 issued or pending national/international patents.