1st Annual Musculoskeletal Research Symposium


February 23, 2018
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Emory Conference
Center Hotel 
Oak Amphitheatre

Thank you to all who participated in this first annual Musculoskeletal (MSK) Research Symposium, which represented a diverse and multidisplinary collaboration among the community of musculoskeletal researchers from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Gerogia State University, University of Alabama, and University of Georgia. We look forward to seeing you next year, and will post details here as they become available.

Questions? Email Glynnis Holt or call 404-778-0861

2018 Schedule

7:00- 7:55 Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 Welcome & Introduction
Hicham Drissi PhD, Vice Chairman of Research, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Emory University School of Medicine
Session I: Osteoimmunology & Osteomicrobiology
Moderator: Edward M. Schwarz, PhD, Burton Professor of Orthopaedics, Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Rochester Medical Center; University of Rochester Medical Center
8:10 - 8:30 B Cell Dysregulation in Human SLE
Ignacio E. Sanz, MD, Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Mason I. Lowance Chair of Allergy & Immunology, GA Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Human Immunology; Emory University School of Medicine
8:30 - 8:35 Questions & Discussion
8:35 - 8:55 Bone Loss in HIV Infection: From Bench to Clinic
M. Neale Weitzmann, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine; Emory University School of Medicine
8:55 - 9:00 Questions & Discussion
9:00 - 9:20 Biomaterials to Re-engineer Immune Response and Enhance Regenerative Capacity of Musculoskeletal Tissues
Edward Botchwey, PhD, Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University
9:20 - 9:25 Questions & Discussion
9:25 - 9:45 The Microbiota, a Novel Regulator of Bone Health and Disease
Rheinallt Jones, PhD
, Director, Emory Gnotobiotic Animal Core, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Emory University School of Medicine
9:45 - 9:50 Questions & Discussion
9:50 - 10:00 The Emory Gnotobiotic Animal Core Facility
Rheinallt Jones, PhD
, Director, Emory Gnotobiotic Animal Core, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Emory University School of Medicine
Session II: Orthobiologics and Musculoskeletal-Tissue Regeneration
Moderator: Hicham Drissi, PhD, Vice Chairman of Research, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Emory University School of Medicine
10:00 - 10:20 Cell/Factor Therapies for Soft Tissue Regeneration
Hicham Drissi, PhD, Vice Chairman of Research, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Emory University School of Medicine
10:20 - 10:25 Questions & Discussion
10:25 - 10:45 Regenerative and Rehabilitation Therapies for Osteoarthritis
Nick J. Willett, PhD
, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics; Emory University School of Medicine
10:45 - 10:50 Questions & Discussion
10:50 - 11:10 Injectable Stem Cells for Osteoarthritis: Rationale for Its Use and Current Evidence
Kenneth R. Mautner, MD
, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director, Sports Medicine Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fellowship; Emory University School of Medicine
11:10 - 11:15 Questions & Discussion
11:15 - 11:35 Think Big When it Comes to Small Molecules
Scott D. Boden, MD
, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Interim Chairman, Department of Orthopaedics; Emory University School of Medicine; Director, Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center, Chief Medical Officer/Chief Quality Officer, Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital
11:35 - 11:40 Questions & Discussion
11:40 - 1:00 Lunch and e-Poster Session
Dining Hall and Mountain Laurel
Keynote Presentation: Elucidating the Osteoimmunology of Bone Infection and Development of a Passive Immunization for MRSA
Moderator: Ignacio E. Sanz, MD, Professor of Medicine & Pediatrics, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, Mason I. Lowance Chair of Allergy & Immunology, GA Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Human Immunology; Emory University School of Medicine
1:10 - 2:00 Elucidating the Osteoimmunology of Bone Infection and Development of a Passive Immunization for MRSA
Edward M. Schwarz, PhD, Burton Professor of Orthopaedics, Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Rochester Medical Center; University of Rochester Medical Center
2:00 - 2:10 Questions & Discussion
Session III: Cell and Tissue Biology and Engineering
Moderator: Steven Stice, PhD, D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar and Director, UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center
2:15 - 2:35 Bone Healing in Compromised Host Environments
Robert E. Guldberg, PhD, The Petit Director’s Chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience, Executive Director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Professor of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering; Georgia Institute of Technology
2:35 - 2:40 Questions & Discussion
2:40 - 3:00 Advanced Microscopy Analysis of MSCs and Bone Regeneration
Luke J. Mortensen, PhD
, Assistant Professor, Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences; University of Georgia
3:00 - 3:05 Questions & Discussion
3:05 - 3:25 Using Rodent Models to Explore Degeneration and Repair of Muscle and Tendon after Supraspinatus Tendon Injury
Johnna S. Temenoff, PhD
, Professor, Deputy Director, NSF Engineering Research Center on Cell Manufacturing Technologies, Co-Director, Regenerative Engineering and Medicine Center, Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering; Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
3:25 - 3:30 Questions & Discussion
3:30 - 3:50 3D Printed Patient-Specific Scaffolds for Bone, Joint, and Spine Reconstruction
Scott Hollister, PhD
, Patsy and Alan Dorris Chair in Pediatric Technology, Director, Center for 3D Medical Fabrication, Director, Tissue Engineering & Mechanics Laboratory, Professor, Wallace A. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University
3:50 - 3:55 Questions & Discussion
Featured Speaker: Rosa Serra, PhD
Introduction: Hicham Drissi, PhD,
Vice Chairman of Research, Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Professor, Department of Cell Biology; Emory University School of Medicine
4:00 - 4:25 TGF-ß in the Development and Maintenance of the Spine
Rosa Serra, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology, Interim Director, Global Center for Craniofacial, Oral and Dental Disorders, Associate Director, Comprehensive Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, Bone and Autoimmunity Center; University of Alabama at Birmingham
4:25 - 4:30 Questions & Discussion
4:30 - 5:30 Closing Remarks & Social