URMC Symposium Celebrates Decades of Pivotal Orthopaedics Research

Jul. 11, 2011

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR) is conducting its first annual scientific symposium on July 15, in the Flaum Atrium, and the adjacent Class of ’62 Auditorium and Forbes Mezzanine. Physicians and scientists will share data and ideas at the event, which will include morning and afternoon scientific sessions and a lunchtime poster session.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Regis O’Keefe, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and concludes with a wine and cheese reception from 4:30 to 5:30 pm.

The keynote guest and speaker is Benjamin Alman, M.D., the A.J. Latner professor and chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Toronto, and an internationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon, arthritis researcher, and skeletal cancer biologist. Alman is also a senior scientist in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program at the Hospital for Sick Children. His practice focuses on the care of children with spinal deformity, neuromuscular disorders, and with tumors involving the bones, joints and soft tissues. He holds a Canada Research Chair, studying the role of developmental signaling pathways in musculoskeletal tumors and reparative processes. His keynote presentation is entitled “From Development to Pathology: Hedgehog Signaling in Cartilage Neoplasia and Osteoarthritis”

Posters will be judged to select pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainee travel awardees. URMC scientists will present abstracts on diverse topics including the biology and pathology of muscle, cartilage and bone.

The symposium was arranged to celebrate URMC’s rich history of multidisciplinary, comprehensive, musculoskeletal research and to kick off the expansion of the CMSR’s activities supported by T32 Training and P30 Core Center Grants from the NIH. Since 2001, the CMSR has consistently ranked as one of the top NIH-funded programs in the country.

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