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AAOS Now

Published 12/1/2014
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Amber Blake

ORS Translational Symposium 2015

Educational session to focus on cartilage repair

Introduced at the 2014 Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) annual meeting, the Translational Research Symposium provides open-ended and often thought-provoking perspectives on a central issue. Based on the popularity of its inaugural event, “Atypical Fractures with Long-term use of Bisphosphonates,” the ORS Translational Research Symposium will return in 2015, this time addressing the topic of cartilage repair.

Cartilage is not capable of healing or repairing itself. As a result, many people who have cartilage damage due to injury or a medical condition such as arthritis experience pain and dysfunction. “No one knows if cartilage repair is even possible. In fact, most people probably assume that it is not,” explained George Dodge, PhD, the moderator for this year’s symposium. “And yet we keep asking the question.”

The 2015 Translational Research Symposium will address cartilage repair from two different perspectives. Kevin Stone, MD, a practicing surgeon and founder and chairman of the Stone Research Foundation in San Francisco, will present the orthopaedic surgeon’s perspective while Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, will offer the bioengineer’s perspective. Dr. Vunjak-Novakovic currently serves as the Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences at Columbia University, New York City.

“Anyone with an open mind and a willingness to be challenged should attend the symposium. This includes orthopaedic surgeons involved in joint restoration, engineers, researchers focused on basic cell biology, and associated clinician researchers,” Dr. Dodge said. “This session is also relevant for those interested in the latest innovative techniques for cell- and engineering-based approaches to restoration of cartilage defects and joint function.”

Attendees of the ORS Translational Research Symposium can expect to gain a better understanding of what is currently being done to address the issue of cartilage repair as well as what may be possible in the future. “Ultimately, the purpose of the symposium is to inform, inspire, and leave attendees with new ideas to build upon to address this perplexing clinical problem,” said Dr. Dodge.

The 2015 ORS Translational Research Symposium, “Cartilage Repair: Is It Possible?” will take place on Sunday, March 29, beginning at 12:45 p.m. at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The program is free to AAOS members attending the 2015 AAOS Annual Meeting, but a badge sticker is required for admittance. Stickers can be obtained at the ORS satellite check-in, located at AAOS registration in the Venetian/Sands EXPO, Academy Hall G, on Friday, March 27, or at the ORS registration desk at the MGM Grand Hotel on Sunday, March 29. For more information, visit www.ors.org

Amber Blake is the ORS communications manager. She can be reached at blake@ors.org