Members of the ORS team visited Austin earlier this year to continue planning for the ORS 2019 Annual Meeting, February 2- 5, 2019. We look forward to providing you with regular updates about this exciting meeting and city!

The Austin convention center is a great location for our meeting and has allowed our team to make some significant changes to our poster and exhibit hall. This will give attendees increased opportunities to network, present research, and learn about the newest technologies.  Our goal to make the poster and exhibit hall the central hub of the ORS Annual Meeting – continuing to build on the vibrant and dynamic interactions that took place in 2018. We are also hoping to create a new opportunity that will help to promote innovation. Stay tuned for more information!

The ORS hotels will allow our attendees to stay very close (just across the street in most cases) to the convention center; promoting the opportunities to network not only at the convention center but throughout the city of Austin. ORS has negotiated some great rates for our attendees. Make your hotel reservation today!

Not only does Austin offer a great center and hotels, but also has a world-class airport offering 100’s non-stop flights per day.

After hours, Austin offers a plethora of award-winning restaurants, a dynamic music scene, and nightlife that will give attendees (no matter their age) plenty of opportunities to gather with friends and colleagues.  In fact, Austin was rated #2 among the top 30 most exciting food cities in America by Zagat.  And, from personal experience, we can tell you that what they say is true.

We want you to save the date, and look forward to seeing you in Austin, February 2 – 5, 2019!

When submitting your abstract for the ORS 2019 Annual Meeting, you will see some changes to the topic categories. The recent changes were made by the ORS Program Committee to decrease the significant overlap across categories. The changes should also make selecting a primary category easier for our authors.

Over the past year, the Program Committee has considered multiple solutions to categorize the submissions and to best reconcile the areas that crossed topic categories.  In the end, the committee decided to offer two main areas: 1) Tissues and Joints, and 2) Anatomic (joint-based) with the former more likely to be basic science, and the latter more clinical research.  As well as reorganizing topic categories, the committee also added two new ones: Intervertebral Disc and Clinical Studies. As research evolves, so do our topic categories.  This reorganization is a work-in-progress toward reducing overlap across categories and improving the meeting schedule. If significant overlap is still evident during the program committee meeting, additional changes will be made in the future.

Please note that no topic area has been eliminated, only categorized a bit differently.  For example, in the past, fracture healing abstracts were submitted across multiple topic categories, including bone, regenerative medicine, fracture, and even biomaterials. Having fracture healing abstracts submitted in multiple topic areas created challenges for the reviewers, Topic Chairs and Program Committee when creating cohesive podium sessions within a specific topic area.  In the future, fracture healing abstracts will be submitted under “Bone”.

The ORS welcomes abstracts from our community in all orthopaedic topic categories, and encourages our research community to submit their work for presentation. The ORS 2019 Annual Meeting will take place February 2 – 5, 2019 in the vibrant city of Austin, Texas.

Before submitting your abstracts, please be sure to view the list of topic categories by visiting the ORS website.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the ORS headquarters, 847-823-5770, or submit your question to [email protected].

We look forward to receiving your abstracts and to seeing you in Austin!!

Marjolein C van der Meulen, PhD
Chair, ORS Annual Meeting Committee

Johnny Huard, PhD
Chair, ORS Program Committee