A Note to Section Members

The Annual Meeting registration form will indicate your section memberships and record any sections you join during the registration process. Section meetings that are open to the public will display to all registrants, whereas closed section meetings will only display to section members. All section activities will require a response of “will attend” or “will not attend.”

If you are not an ORS Section Member but you are interested in attending closed meetings, you can join the Section while registering for the ORS 2024 Annual Meeting. 

Promoting Cross Talk and Inclusiveness in Spine Research

Friday, February 2
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Room 104

ORS Spine Section Members ONLY

The Spine Section meeting will have two distinct parts: an educational component and a research component. In the educational component, Dr Gross and Dr Grisham will discuss how we can build awareness of the importance of diversity and team-dynamics in the research environment. A panel discussion will follow their presentations. The research part will feature speed poster presentations and short presentations by the 2023 Travel Fellowship and Peter Roughley award winners. Three speakers will present research talks on the topic: The Immune System in Chronic Back Pain, which will be followed by a panel discussion and a networking event at Café Sevilla.

Titles of Presentations and Speakers:

An Honest Conversation about DEI in STEM post-COVID
Kelly Cross, PhD, Georgia Tech-Engineering Education

Developing a High-Performing Workplace Culture
Molly Grisham, PhD

BACPAC and Chronic Pain Phenotyping
Conor O’Neill, MD UCSF

Crosstalk in the Human Intervertebral Disc: Inflammation, Nutrient Availability, and Pain
Morgan Giers, PhD, Oregon State University

Interaction between Local and System Inflammation in Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
Nadeen Chahine, PhD, Columbia University

Developing and Translating Personalized Medicine for Treating Meniscus Injuries

Saturday, February 3
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Room 102

This meeting will feature brainstorming sessions followed by presentations from four key speakers on the intricacies and practical considerations in the development and translation of novel personalized strategies to treat meniscus injury. We will cover considerations from the perspective of developing and translating devices (non-biologics), cellular biologics, and combined tissue engineering strategies. The final speaker, Aric Kaiser, from the FDA will discuss important regulatory aspects to keep in mind throughout the development cycle of these technologies that will help to smoothen the path to translation.

Titles of Presentations and Speakers:

Fabrication of Functional Meniscus Replacement Devices
Charles Gatt, MD, Rutgers University

Biologic/Cell-based Products in Meniscus Repair or Replacement
Adetola Adesida, PhD, University of Alberta

Construct Maturation and Integration for Meniscus Tissue Engineering
Jenny Puetzer, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

Regulatory Considerations from Early Development to Translation
Aric Kaiser, MS, FDA

The Role of Immune Cells in Musculoskeletal Development and Disease

Sunday, February 4
2:15pm – 4:15pm
Room 104

This session will feature three talks that highlight the increasingly recognized roles of immune cells in various musculoskeletal tissues. Following the presentations, the speakers will participate in a round-table discussion with audience members to explore the future of this avenue of research and the roles of preclinical models in unraveling the interactions between systems.

Titles of Presentations and Speakers:

Regenerative Mechanisms of Inflammation in Muscle Tissue – From Mouse Models to Human
Dr. Laszlo Nagy, MD, PhD, Co-Director of the Institute for Fundamental Biomedical Research, Associate Director of the Center for Metabolic Origins of Disease and Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

The Role of Macrophages in Osteoarthritis and Sex-Associated Differences
Dr. Tristan Maerz, PhD, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

Immune Modulation of Tendon Regeneration and Healing
Dr. Alice Huang, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University

Clinical, Scientific, and Industry Perspectives on Unique Implant Challenges and Designs

Saturday, February 3
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 103

ORS Implant Section Members ONLY

In this year’s session, four speakers will provide their clinical, scientific, and industry perspectives on the challenges with unique implants. Presentations will include the history of vertebral body tethering, the precedent technology, as well as unaddressed post market problems. Implants for oncology patients also have unique requirements.  Patients are often younger than typical arthroplasty patients, requiring longer survival rates, and the associated resections of large portions of soft tissues and bones, as well as muscle tissue, present unique design challenges. All oncology patients are living longer with metastatic disease, thus creative ways for reinforcing the implant constructs with advanced tumor progression or osteoporosis are also needed.  Addressing these challenges with the principles of flexible, durable, and possibly large designs will allow us to create the next generation of implants for cancer patients. The perspective of product development engineers on unique challenges to revision and limb salvage implant design will be also discussed.

Following the speaker presentations, we will have round table discussion opportunities for section members.  Each table will be chaired by leaders from the section and guests.  Topics will range from seeking opportunities in industry to securing research support.

Title of Presentations and Speakers:

Compliant Compressive Osteointegration for Orthopaedic Devices-An
Alternative to Stemmed Concepts
R. Lor Randall, MD, FACS, FAOA, UC Davis

Oncology Implants: Flexible, Durable, and Big
Susan Bukata, MD, UCSD

Considerations of New Spinal Implants on a Growing Spine
Steven Hwang, MD, Shriner’s Children’s Philadelphia

An Engineer’s Perspective on Knee Revision and Limb Salvage Implant Design
Roxanna Sanderson, MS, Stryker

2024 ISFR Section Scientific Meeting

Saturday, February 3
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 104

Titles of Presentations and Speakers:

Basic Science Considerations for Osteoimmunology
Dr. Allison Pettit, Mater Research and Mater Research Institute-UQ

Clinical Considerations for Osteoimmunology
Dr. Hans-Christoph Pape, University Hospital Zürich

Translational Considerations for Osteoimmunology
Georg Duda, Berlin Institute of Health at Charité

A Call to Action for MSK Research Funding: The Ongoing Economic and Disease Burden of Unfunded MSK Research from Clinical Research Perspective

Sunday, February 4
2:15pm – 4:15pm
Room 102


Richard Skolasky, Sc.D, North American Spine Society

Lee Grossman, MBA, ML, CAE, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

Susan Bukata, MD, Orthopaedic Research Society

Gerald Slobogean, MD, MPH, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Is Time the Tendon’s Enemy? The Role of Circadian Rhythm and Aging in Human Tendon Disease

Sunday, February 4
2:15pm – 4:15pm
Room 203

ORS Tendon Section Members ONLY

Title of Presentations and Speakers:

Circadian Clock Tendinopathy
Chloe Yeung, PhD

Molecular Insights of Tendon and Aging
Anne Gingery, PhD

Effects of Aging and Exercise on the Tendon
Christian Couppe, MScPT, PhD

How do I join an ORS Section if I have already registered for the ORS 2024 Annual Meeting?

ORS Members
If you are currently an ORS member, and would like to add a Section membership, please complete the Join an ORS Research Section application.

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