ORS ISFR 3-Minute Research Pitch Competition
Wednesday, June 21, 2023
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Time
LIVE via Zoom

Applications are due May 31st

Participants will have three minutes to present their work using one slide about what they are working on and why it is important to the field of research of bone regeneration, fracture repair, trauma or related. Following each three minute presentation, two minutes are allowed for one question from the audience or judges.

Pitch Competition Winner Award Amount: $500

About the Pitch Competition

In 2017, the ORS ISFR initiated the first competition as part of our ORS ISFR Scientific Meeting.

Formerly known as the ORS ISFR Young Investigator 3-Minute Thesis Competition, ORS Student, Post-Graduate, and Early Career members working in the field bone regeneration, fracture repair, trauma or related were challenged to present the significance of their research in a compelling pitch to a panel of judges. This is an important communication skill and excellent way for scientists to relay our field’s research to the fellow research community and public.

3-Minute Research Pitch Examples

In case you are not familiar with the 3-minute style talks, here are a few examples:

View the 2021 Presentations

mRNA Loaded Mineral Coated Microparticles with Autologous Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate for Critical Size Bone Defect Healing
Joshua Choe, MS, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fast-Tracking Aged Fracture Repair Research with a Progeria Mouse Model
Victoria Duke, BS, Steadman Philippon Research Institute

CXCR4: A Key Axis in Mediating IGF-1 Signaling in Fracture Repair
Alessandra Esposito, PhD, Rush University Medical Center

Image-Based Models Reveal the Dual Soft and Hard Biomechanics of Fracture Callus
Brendan Inglis, BS, Lehigh University

Age-associated callus senescent cells produce TGF beta1 that inhibits fracture healing in aged mice
Jiatong Liu, MS, University of Rochester Medical Center

Uncovering Unique Molecular Drivers of Cartilage Regeneration in Post Traumatic Osteoarthritis
Jillian McCool, University of California Merced

Additional cerclage wiring allows immediate weight-bearing
Sabrina Sandriesser, PhD, BG Unfallklinik Murnau

Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on Bone Formation/Remodeling During Fracture Healing
Ernesto Solorzano, BS, NEOMED

Differential Dynamics of Bone Graft Transplantation and Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy during the Healing of a Murine Long Bone Critical-size Defect
Ning Zhang, PhD, Stanford University


Katie Hixon, PhD, ORS ISFR Education Committee Chair

Competition Begins
5 minutes each → 3 minutes for presentation + 2 minutes for questions

Finalists TBA Early June

While Judges Leave to Deliberate:

  • Section Membership Committee Presentation
  • Section Communications Committee Presentation
  • Section Education Committee Presentation
    • Virtual Sessions

Competition winner is announced.

  • Applicants must be members in good standing of both ORS Student (undergraduate student, graduate student, medical student or MD/PhD student), Post-Graduate (Post-Doc, Resident, or Fellow), or Early Career (assistant professor, instructor/lecturer – excluding clinicians/surgeons) member in good standing and ISFR prior to the pitch abstract submission deadline.
  • Participants in the pitch competition should be in their 3rd year or higher of a PhD program or have started their post-doctoral fellowship (academic or industry), residency, or clinical fellowship by the time of the competition.
  • Abstracts submitted to the ORS 2023 Annual Meeting are allowed to be submitted for the pitch competition. However, applicants must not be a recipient of any 2023 ORS and/or ISFR award or previous ISFR related awards (i.e. ORS ISFR 3-Minute Research Pitch).

Abstracts will be accepted in graphical format (PDF only) that will be uploaded during the abstract submission process. A Graphical Abstract is a single, concise pictorial or graphical summary that provides an overview of your research or a significant aspect of your research.

Proposed research for presentation must be related in some way to bone regeneration, fracture repair, trauma, or related.

Graphical Abstract Examples:

  • Selected participants will be expected to present the summation of body of work from their graduate or post-graduate training completed over multiple years, not necessarily an individual project.
  • Abstracts will be read and scored by three (3) independent judges who are either ORS ISFR Officers or Committee members.
  • Judges will assess the abstracts based on the following criteria:
  • Ideally, the 5 to 10 top scoring abstracts will be invited for presentation. However, in the event that scores are closely grouped for several high-quality abstracts, other factors to increase presenter diversity may be considered to make the final selections. These criteria may include diversity of topics, regions, institutions, or underrepresented groups.
  • Applicants are expected to be notified of the selection to participate by June 7, 2023.

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