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