ORS Tendon Conference 2024
Mechanism to Therapy – Emerging Technologies and Therapeutic Outcomes

May 30 – June 1, 2024
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

About the Conference

Tendon research is by its nature multidisciplinary, typified by unique collaborations between clinicians, engineers, and biologists. This conference goal is to bring thought leaders and community members from across disciplines to inspire important discussions in tendon investigation needs and establish guidelines and consensus in the field.

This overarching goal is to identify areas of unmet need, improve rigor and reproducibility of research, to share these findings to improve human health. The primary topic areas for the conference are 1) clinical unmet needs and clinical research to guide future clinical and basic/translation research, 2) assessments of pain as a diagnostic, understanding the mechanistic basis of pain systemically and locally and targeting pain with preventatives and therapeutic strategies, and 3) develop consensus and guidelines on multiomics in tendon research, and 4) current research and including and beyond the identified priority areas.

The original call for abstracts and late breaking abstracts is now closed and notifications have been sent to those who have been accepted.

Clinical Sessions will provide examples of clinical research that are driving improved clinical outcomes for patients. This session will incorporate clinical research including evidence based physical therapy, personalized medicine and surgical research and innovation.

Kathleen Derwin, PhD
Cleveland Clinic, Department Vice Chair Biomedical Engineering, Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center

Neal Millar, MBchB, FRCSEd, PhD
University of Glasgow, Orthopedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science

Karin Grävare Silbernagel PT, ATC, PhD
University of Delaware, Tendon and Ligament Research Team

Lori Michener, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS, FAPTA
University of Southern California, Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Stephanie Dakin PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS, PGCert, TLHE, FHEA
University of Oxford, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics

Pain Sessions will discuss the mechanisms and clinical picture of chronic musculoskeletal pain and then focus on how we currently treat patients with tendon pain and then finally address the nascent area of molecular pain mechanisms in tendon and new horizons in tendon pain management.

Ruth Chimenti, DPT, PhD
University of Iowa, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Rachel Miller, PhD
Rush University, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

Multiomics Sessions will include an introduction to the current state of tendon omics and the need for community consensus and efforts. Of particular interest is the increasing abundance of omics data which is descriptive and often lacks the next steps to drive the next generation of preventatives and therapeutics, how the data is comparable between investigations, and strategies to combine multiomics approaches. A consensus statement on the future of tendon omics data including unmet needs and guidelines will follow this conference.

Ilya Korsunsky, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Genetics, Rheumatology, Inflammation, and Immunity

Jennifer Westendorf, PhD
Mayo Clinic, Orthopedic Surgery/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Biomechanics Sessions will focus on the structure-function relationships of connective tissue transmission of load, changes across lifespan, and degenerative disorders.

Spencer Lake, PhD
Washington University, McKelvey School of Engineering

Brianne Connizzo, PhD
Boston University, College of Engineering


Anne Gingery, PhD
Peter Amadio, MD
Chunfeng Zhao, MD

Program Committee

Alayna Loiselle, PhD
Karin Grävare Silbernagel, PT, ATC, PhD
Spencer Lake, PhD
Neal Millar, MBChB, FRCSEd, PhD

Registration Now Open

Registration CategoryRegister by May 7, 2024Register on or after May 8, 2024
Established & Early Career$475$550
Trainee (Student & Post Grad)$365$440

Registration has been extended until Wednesday, May 29, 2024. 


Click the links below for shuttle services that travel between Rochester and MSP.

Rochester Shuttle Service

Groome Transportation

Make Your Hotel Reservation Today

Hotel reservations and special room block pricing closed on Thursday, May 9 at 5:00 PM Central.

Thank You to Our Sponsors and Supporters

Call for Abstracts

The original call for abstracts and late breaking abstracts is now closed and notifications have been sent to those who have been accepted.

Abstracts submitted or presented at this meeting can also be submitted to the ORS 2025 Annual Meeting. There is no guarantee of acceptance if the abstract is resubmitted to the Annual Meeting in 2025.

Tendon Section Student/Post-Graduate Trainee Awards
Eligibility: Must be Tendon Section Members (Student or Post-Graduate Trainees ONLY) 

Poster and Podium Awards
Awards will be given to the authors of the top 3 Podium and Poster presentations, based on quality of submission and delivery.

Podium Awards- $500.00
Poster Awards –  $250.00

Changes and Cancellations

If you wish to make any changes to your registration, please contact ORS at registration@ors.org or (847) 823-5770 no later than April 30, 2024.

For cancellations, refunds will be issued if received in writing by April 30, 2024. All refunds will be issued after the ORS Tendon Section 2024 Conference less a $75 cancellation fee.