Third Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium

Members of the conference faculty, representing all participating institutions, pose by a bust of Albert Einstein
Members of the conference faculty, representing all participating institutions, pose by a bust of Albert Einstein

Damage to musculoskeletal tissues—bones, joints and tendons—is the most common cause of severe, long-term pain and physical disability, and contributes to increased rates of mortality among individuals with diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Musculoskeletal conditions with the greatest impact on society include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, tendinopathy, osteosarcoma and lower back pain. Moreover, as our population ages, the impact of musculoskeletal disorders on individuals and the related financial consequences will increase dramatically. Since current treatment options are limited in how patients with these ailments can be assisted, the demand for new research aimed at improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases is needed.

To address these issues, more than 200 medical professionals and musculoskeletal researchers from throughout the tri-state region and beyond met for the third annual Arnold and Madaleine Penner Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium, held in the Price Center/Block Research Pavilion's Ethel and Samuel J. LeFrak Auditorium. The event featured a keynote address by Dr. Mary Goldring, current president of the Orthopaedic Research Society and leading senior scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. It also featured 18 presentations that focused on the understanding of musculoskeletal repair and regeneration and on issues related to current treatment options for musculoskeletal diseases, cancer and pain management.  This year's program also included "Rising Stars," a new session presenting recent initiatives by new academic faculty or clinical faculty members.

"We brought world-class scientists together to share exciting new research progress, and to brainstorm and exchange ideas face-to-face," said Dr. Hui (Herb) Sun, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and of radiation oncology at Einstein, and scientific director of the symposium.

Dr. Neil Cobelli, professor and chair of orthopaedic surgery at Einstein and its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, opened the event, noting "This symposium is the only forum offered in our field nationwide."

He added, "It helps to strengthen current collaborations and contributes to the formation of new ideas and research projects for future collaborations." 

With four additional medical institutions participating this year, the symposium now includes members of all major medical schools and universities in the tri-state area.* As in previous years, a poster session highlighted the work of 36 students and postdoctoral researchers, who competed for Young Investigator Awards that were presented at a dinner following the symposium. The winners were Genevieve Brown (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), Alon Lai (Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai) and Paolo Palacio-Mancheno (The City College of New York).

The symposium concluded with a dinner in Lubin Dining Hall, where symposium organizers recognized Arnold and Madaleine Penner for their continuing generous support.

"The success of this and previous meetings, and high enthusiasm of the faculty members and participants, encourages us continue our focus on translational studies and to be creative in organizing the symposium to best serve the field and region while providing a platform and foundation for innovative and important research," said Dr. Sun.

*In addition to Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center, participating medical institutions included New York University School of Medicine, Columbia University, Weill Cornell Medical College, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, the Hospital for Special Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, Brown University, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, the City College of New York, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and University of Delaware.


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