The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) is the leading member organization dedicated to advancing musculoskeletal research worldwide. We believe in:
- Scientific Excellence and Integrity
Together, we are pursuing a world without musculoskeletal limitations.
Who We Are
For over 60 years, the ORS has been the leading research society supporting engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, biologists, clinicians and other professionals in the field of musculoskeletal research from across the globe.
Our 3,800 members focus on basic, translational, and clinical research. They come together to share the latest discoveries in the field, develop multi-disciplinary collaborations, and move the field forward to improve orthopaedic care and treatments.
The ORS continues give musculoskeletal researchers a community to share new research findings, discuss new ideas and to collaborate in new and innovative ways. The ORS offers programs that teach, mentor and encourage our members while inspiring them to move the field of orthopaedic research forward.
Orthopaedic Surgeon 13%
Aging • Allografts • Anesthesia & Analgesia • Animal Models • Arthroplasty • Articular Cartilage • Articular Cartilage Mechanics • Articular Cartilage Repair• Bioinformatics • Biomarkers • Biomechanics • Blood Vessels and Blood Flow • Bone • Bone Biology • Bone Mechanics • Bone Tumor • Calcification • Cell & Molecular Imaging • Cell Signaling • Cell Therapy • Chondrocytes • Clinical Outcomes Research • Cytokines • Degenerative Disc Disease • Developmental Biology • Diagnostic Equipment • Diagnostic Imaging Epidemiology • Finite Element Analysis • Foot & Ankle • Fracture Fixation • Fracture Healing • Gait • Gene Therapy • Genetics/Genomics • Growth Factors • Growth Plate • Hand & Wrist • Hip • Immunology • Implant Fixation • Implant Materials • Implant Wear • Inflammation • Injury & Repair • Intervertebral Disc Biology • Intervertebral Disc Biomechanics • Joint Mechanics • Kinematics, Kinesiology • Knee Ligament & Tendon Biology • Ligament & Tendon Mechanics • Matrix Proteins & Catabolic Enzymes • Mechanobiology • Meniscus • Metabolic Bone Disease • Muscle • Nerve • Orthopaedic Infection • Osteoarthritis • Osteochondral Unit • Osteolysis • Osteoporosis • Pain • Preclinical Models • Progenitor & Stem Cells • Rehabilitation • Shoulder & Elbow • Soft Tissue Tumor • Spine • Spine Biomechanics • Spine Therapeutics • Surgical Navigation & Robotics • Synoviocytes & Synovial Membrane Tissue Engineering • Tissue Therapy
The ORS is seeking to build long-term relationships with our corporate partners by customizing a partnership program that will help you to move toward your mission while supporting the ORS and our mission to advance musculoskeletal research worldwide.
Click here to learn more about the following scientific interest tracks:
ORS Business Plan Competition
The ORS Business Plan Competition provides an opportunity for clinicians and researchers of all levels in the field of musculoskeletal research to identify the commercial potential of their research and develop a commercialization strategy through expert mentorship, and have the opportunity to pitch their innovative bench to market ideas to an expert panel of judges. Attendees at the competition will see some of most cutting-edge technologies in translational orthopaedic research.
Contestants will submit their Business Plans which includes a summary of their company, including name of team members, products and/or services, market analysis, strategy for implementation, financial plan and management plan. The top business plans will be selected; some will be given the opportunity to present a poster at the ORS Annual Meeting and the top five teams will compete in a live competition for three cash prizes on Friday, March 9, 2018.
ORS Grant Writing Course
This popular introductory course is the first in a sequence of opportunities offered by ORS for new investigators to learn the art of grant writing. This course is ideal for investigators who are in the process of writing their first grant proposal. Experts will offer strategies for writing a compelling Aims page, developing a strong approach to test an exciting hypothesis, using preliminary data and supporting documents to present a cohesive final grant proposal. A mock study section provides a first-hand look at what is involved in NIH peer review.
Identifying Funding Opportunities
New Investigator Grant Opportunities
Introduction to NIH – Understanding the Basics
NIH Grant Formats (F, K, R03, R21, and R01 awards)
Strategic Grant Writing: From Concept to Completion
Overview of Grant Writing Process and Strategies
Developing Your Proposal Concept
NIH Review Process, Criteria, and Scoring
Grant Application Components
Specific Aims and Hypothesis
Significance and Innovation
Research Design, Methods, Preliminary Data
Grant Review Process
Using Supporting Document to Strengthen Your Grant
Mock Study Section (review of K and R01 applications)
Next Steps: Summary Statements, Revisions, and Funding
Interpreting Summary Statements & Responding to Reviews
Making the Most of your Funded Grant
Perspectives on Successful Grant Writing
Grant Writing Course Networking Reception and Questions
ORS Women’s Leadership Forum Reception and Award
Join the members of the Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) at this event to celebrate many accomplishments of women in the field. This is an excellent opportunity to network and celebrate successes! The 2018 WLF Award recipient will be honored at this reception.
Early Career After Party: Celebrate Diversity
Organizers: Karl Lewis, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine and Edward Bonnevie, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
ORS is holding an early career networking event following the ORS Welcome Session. Keep the fun going at an after-party exclusively for Assistant Professor, Resident, Fellow, Post Doc, Student & PhD Candidate attendees. This fun and relaxed mixer is an opportunity for young investigator members to speak and learn about one another in an informal setting. Our goal is to embrace and celebrate the incredible diversity of the ORS. Gender, ethicity, nationality, and disability are just a few of the ways in which our members are different. Embracing these differences and creating community together will promote scientific advancement through collaboration for future generations of ORS members.
Embracing Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
Organized by: ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee
Organizers: Karl Lewis, PhD, Indiana University and X. Sherry Liu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Science has long benefited from the cross-pollination of ideas among cultures. Today, our orthopaedic research community is strongly multicultural and growing with increased diversity in many forms. These diverse dimensions not only include gender, race, ethnicity, age, or research disciplines, but also each individual’s uniqueness. Indeed, diversity unlocks innovation as advancement of science and technology is often led by a research team with diverse backgrounds. It has become increasing important to address diversity in academic and research environments. The talks during this session will cover ways to address diversity in grant writing, as well as recruiting and retaining diverse hire pools.
Industry Connect: An Ongoing Discourse with the FDA
Organized by: ORS Industry Engagement Committee
Organizers: Michael Lehmicke, MS, Depuy Synthes and Lara Ionescu Silverman, PhD, DiscGenics, Inc.
This session is the third in a series, continuing an open discussion with the FDA which was started at the Industry connect session in 2016 (Orlando) and continued in San Diego. The session will include presentations from the FDA and from industry, and discussion of timely regulatory topics relevant to orthopaedic product development. Specific topics this year will include accelerated regulatory pathways and special product designations (e.g. the Regenerative Medicine/Advanced Therapies designation created under the 21st Century Cures act). Participants will gain a better understanding of the most recent regulations and hot topics and have an opportunity to network with various ORS members from government, industry, and academia.
What Does Your CV/Resume Say About You?
Organized by: ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee and OSR Women’s Leadership Forum
Organizers: Karen Troy, PhD, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Nancy Pleshko, PhD, Temple University; and Mary Goldring, PhD, Hospital for Special Surgery
Ever wondered what makes an ideal CV/Resume in order to be hired for a new job or promoted at your company/university? Your CV/Resume is a window into who you are, as a scientist, and as a trainee, employee, or faculty member, so you need to make sure that it is telling the best story possible. This program will explore and examine the key aspects of a CV/Resume with great tips and pointers on what to do and not to do when preparing these documents. We have assembled 3 excellent speakers to explore this topic based on their experiences in academia, and industry with a focus on bioengineering.
The program will begin with 3 short talks on various aspects of CV/Resume writing including, but not limited to, how to organize your CV, what you should include, how to make the best impression, and what not to include. Following the short talks, we will have tables set up around the room for participants to ask experts in the field about how to improve their individual CVs. This program is geared towards biomedical engineering careers, but is ideal for the early career investigator as well as those who are beginning or about to complete the tenure process, and those looking to progress in their industry positions. Please make sure that you come with a copy of your CV/Resume and questions for the experts to make this the most productive session possible.
Negotiating for Success
Organized by: ORS New Investigator Mentoring Committee and OSR Women’s Leadership Forum
Organizers: X Sherry Liu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania and Jennifer Woodell-May, PhD, Biomet Biologics
Negotiation is a crucial skill for professional success; however academic training does not typically prepare us to negotiate successfully. Negotiation can be regarded as an interactive communication process that has significant impact on career development and advancement. Many scientists believe they are unable to negotiate their position, and as a result, they do not negotiate to improve their professional circumstances. This program will cover useful techniques and strategies for negotiating in industry and academics and will include three short talks given by senior ORS members who have chaired numerous recruitment and promotion committees. At the end of each talk, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the expert for advice on improving their negotiation strategies for success.
Meet the NIH
Organizers: Roger Cornwall, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Hicham Drissi, PhD, Emory University
This NIH-Investigator Networking session will provide ORS meeting attendees with an opportunity to better understand NIH funding policy through one-on-one personal interaction with NIH staff. This session will allow the attendees to ask specific questions and participate in small group discussions with NIH grant review administrators and program officers. Participants can get their questions answered and learn what funding opportunities are available and which grant mechanisms are right for young investigators. All NIH officer at the ORS meeting will be invited to attend this session.
Launching and Navigating a Successful Career as a Clinician-Scientist
Organizers: Roger Cornwall, MD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Benjamin Alman, MD, Duke University
Clinician-scientists are uniquely poised to identify important unsolved clinical problems, work through the scientific approaches to address those problems while maintaining clinical relevance, and then translate scientific breakthroughs into therapies with game-changing public health potential. Granting agencies encourage applications from them. Hospital and university departments love to showcase them. So why wouldn’t everyone want to become a clinician-scientist? Why do we need so many efforts to increase the number of clinician-scientists in the world of orthopaedic research? Why is it so hard? This session will discuss the challenges, benefits, opportunities, and logistics of planning, launching, and sustaining a career as a clinician-scientist. Many people have an interest in science but do not know where to start if they didn’t chose the MD-PhD route early in medical school. Many clinicians have ideas or questions and do not know that they can be explored scientifically, or how to go about it. In this session, experienced clinician-scientists will address these problems in brief talks and answer questions of budding clinician-scientists in open discussions. The purpose is to give those curious about, or struggling in, a clinician-scientist career an overview of the strategies, hurdles, and keys to a successful career, while celebrating the unique joy that such a career can bring.
Pathways Towards Independence – How to Land a Job and Start a Career
Organizers: Hicham Drissi, PhD, Emory University and Michael Lehmicke, MS, Depuy Synthes
This networking session focuses on individuals starting a career in orthopaedics, but who may be unsure about the differences between a career in academics or industry, and how to go about a job search in industry versus academia. Invited mentors from academia (Department heads / Vice Chairs and Directors of Research with extensive experience hiring junior faculty) as well as Leaders (Program Directors and Team Leaders) from industry will interface with job seekers.
The format focuses on small group discussions with one or two mentors at a table (one mentor from academia and one from industry) with eight job seekers. At each table, job seekers will have 3 minutes to introduce themselves, their education, their research and what they are looking for. Following that, the Leaders/Mentors introduce themselves and discuss the nature of positions that may be appropriate for each seeker. Leaders/Mentors will offer advise on how to go about a job search and how to establish a strong network that will provide long lasting support. Leaders/Mentors will change tables once. We will finish the event with a free social time.
Recognition and benefits vary based on level of support.
Champion: $20,000 or more
Promoter: $15,000 or more
Advocate: $10,000 or more
Supporter: $5,000 or more
Friend: $2,500 or more