Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

10th Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium - Virtual Event

Date : October 20, 2021


The Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium continues to seek and expand the knowledge base within the field, and to foster creativity, collaboration and networking between researchers throughout the region. This year’s meeting will emphasize recent advances in translational research in four areas:

• Tendon Remodeling and Repair

• Musculoskeletal Regeneration and Repair

• Bone Adaptation: From Cells to Tissue

• Osteosarcoma and Degenerative Musculoskeletal diseases


This program attempts to address current issues in musculoskeletal repair and regeneration, and disease treatment. The presentations and discussions will focus on up-to-date scientific discoveries and the potential impact of these findings on patient treatment and management in the future. This meeting features:

• 8 outstanding speakers from the United States and Europe

• Lightening e-poster session and Young Investigator Award session


Registration is closed.


8:00 – 8:10 am  

Introduction and acknowledgements   

Mia M. Thi, PhD  

Opening remarks   

Neil J. Cobelli, MD  


Session 1 – Tendon Remodeling and Repair 
Steering Chair: Dirk Hubmacher, PhD
8:10 – 8:15 am  
Dirk Hubmacher, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
8:15 – 8:35 am       
Tenomodulin signature in tendon repair process
Denitsa Docheva, PhD
University of Wuerzburg, Germany
8:35 – 8:55 am  
Small molecules regulating interplay between tendon stem/progenitor cells and macrophages
Chang Hun Lee, PhD
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
8:55 - 9:05 am  
Discussion / Conclusions

 9:05 – 9:15 am BREAK 

Session 2 – Musculoskeletal Regeneration and Repair 
Steering Chair: Nadeen Chahine, PhD 
9:15 - 9:20 am  Introduction
Nadeen Chahine, PhD
Columbia University
9:20 - 9:40 am
Decoding synovial joint regeneration in zebrafish
Joanna Smeeton, PhD
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
9:40 - 10:00 am  
Novel therapeutic strategies for degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis

Fackson Mwale, PhD
McGill University
10:00 - 10:10 am   
Discussion / Conclusions 
  10:10 – 10:20 am BREAK  
Session 3 – Skeletal Adaptation: From Cells to Tissue 
Steering chair: Alessandra Carriero, PhD 
10:20 - 10:25 am  
Alessandra Carriero, PhD
City College of New York
10:25 - 10:45 am  
Effects of mechanics on bone growth
Sandra Shefelbine, PhD
Northeastern University
10:45 - 11:05 am  
Osteocytes in Skeletal Aging and Joint Disease
Tamara Alliston, PhD
University of California San Francisco
11:05 - 11:15 am
Discussion / Conclusions
11:15 – 11:25 am BREAK 


e-Poster Session

11:25 am : 12:45 pm
Concurrent Lightning e-Poster Sessions

 12:45 – 12:55 pm BREAK 
Session 4 – Osteosarcoma and Degenerative Musculoskeletal Diseases 
Steering chairs: Peter Torzilli, PhD and Martin Levy, MD 
12:55 - 1:00 pm  

Peter Torzilli, PhD
The Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Martin Levy, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
1:00 -1:20 pm  
Modulating Wnt Signaling to Prevent Osteosarcoma Metastasis

David M. Loeb, MD, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
1:20 - 1:40 pm  
Quantitative Imaging For Osteoarthritis

Matthew Koff, PhD
The Hospital for Special Surgery
1:40 - 1:50 pm  
Discussion / Conclusions

1:50 – 2:00 pm BREAK 


Young Investigator Awards  
Chair: Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, PhD  


 2:00 – 2:10 pm Young Investigator Awards
Hosted by: Young Investigator Award Committee

Closing Remarks 

 2:10 pm  
Closing remarks
Neil J. Cobelli, MD 

We invite investigators to submit abstracts for the virtual lightening e-poster session, which is an important component of this conference.
Abstracts from graduate and medical students, residents and postdoctoral fellows will be considered for Young Investigator Awards and Clinical Young Investigator Award. Four winners,
three from Young Investigator category and one from Clinical Young Investigator category will be announced and each will be presented with a prize and a plaque. To qualify, you must register and
submit an abstract to Dr. Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, the chair of the Poster Session and Young Investigator Award committee, by September 24, 2021 via email to:
The abstract is limited to 1 page. Include in your abstract the study's objective, a brief statement of methods, a summary of the results obtained, conclusions, and significance. Please follow the abstract template.. As the Symposium aims to promote communication within our region, we encourage you to submit your recent work (within 2021) to this Symposium, including work that may have been submitted to other meetings.
Please note: Two PowerPoint slides with 2 minutes audio must be submitted for all accepted posters by October 15, 2021.

Important Deadlines: 

Abstract Submission : September 24, 2021

Poster Submission    : October 15, 2021



 Mia M. Thi, PhD 
• Alessandra Carriero, PhD

• Nadeen Chahine, PhD

• Dirk Hubmacher, PhD 

 Martin Levy, MD

• Peter Torzilli, PhD 
• Michael Detamore, PhD   
• Susannah Fritton, PhD

• Mary Goldring, PhD

• Steven Goldring, MD

• Ed Guo, PhD

• John Hardin, MD

• David Hirsh, MD

• James Iatridis, PhD

• Lionel Ivashkiv, MD

• Thorsten Kirsch, PhD

• Catherine Kuo, PhD
• Chuanju Liu, PhD

• Helen Lu, PhD

• Jeremy Mao, DDS, PhD

• Steven Nicoll, PhD

• Maurizio Pacifici, PhD

• Nicola Patridge, PhD

• Clinton Rubin, PhD

• Yi-Xian Qin, PhD

• Mitchell Schaffler, PhD

• David Spray, PhD

• Stavros Thomopoulos, PhD                              


Chair: Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, PhD 
Co-chairs :

• Leila Alvandi, PhD     
• Ugur Ayturk, PhD

• David Corr, PhD

• X. Edward Guo, PhD

• David Hirsh, MD

• Bang Hoang, PhD

• Robert Majeska, PhD

• Yi-Xian Qin, PhD

• Sylvia Suadicani, PhD                      




Mia M. Thi, PhD – Program Director

Neil J. Cobelli - University Chairman




Mia M. Thi, PhD 

 Program Director 


 P: 718-430-3460

 Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, PhD
 Chair, Poster Session and Young Investigator
 Award Committee
 P: 929-246-6352