Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

5th Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium - Virtual Event

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The Albert Einstein College of Medicine Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium seeks to 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:

   • Stem cells and tissue repair: in tendon and beyond
   • Novel views into the disc and other degenerative diseases
   • New insights in arthritis
   • Bone adaption in aging and disease


October 13, 2016
LeFrak Auditorium (Room 151)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1301 Morris Park Ave. Bronx, NY 10461


Online registration is now closed, but you may register onsite.
Registration is free and includes continental breakfast, lunch, and reception.



7:15 – 8:00am

Check-in and continental breakfast

8:00 – 8:10am

Introduction and acknowledgements 
Herb B. Sun, PhD

Opening remarks
Neil J. Cobelli, M.D.

Session 1: Tendon Regeneration: Stem Cells and Beyond 

Steering Chair: Helen Lu, Ph.D.


Evaluation of Tendon-Specific Endothelial-Derived Stem Cells in Rotator Cuff Repair
Scott Rodeo, M.D.
The Hospital for Special Surgery



Current & Future Strategies in Stem Cell Based Regenerative Medicine for the Musculoskeletal System
Johnny Huard, Ph.D.
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston



Regulation of tendon regeneration
Alice Huang, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Engineering a Biomimetic Microenvironment to Prime Stem Cells for Enhanced Tissue Regeneration
Wan-Ju Li, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Coffee Break


Session 2: New insights in arthritis 

Steering Chair: John Hardin, M.D.



Autoimmunity in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
Laura Santambrogio, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine



Regulation of inflammatory responses in tumor necrosis factor-activated and rheumatoid arthritis synovial macrophages by JAK inhibitors
Lionel Ivashkiv, M.D.
The Hospital for Special Surgery



Beta-catenin is a Key Mediator in the Development of Spondyloarthritis
Di Chen, Ph.D.
Rush University



Energy sensor AMPK in cartilage homeostasis and osteoarthritis
Ru Liu-Bryan, Ph.D.
University of California, San Diego


Lunch and poster session 



Lunch and poster session
      Poster session starts at 12:45pm
12:00pm – Faculty photo
12:00-12:45pm – Faculty meeting with lunch

Session 3: Novel views into musculoskeletal degenerative diseases  

Steering Chair: James Iatridis, Ph.D.



Elucidating Mechanisms of Tendon Damage by Measuring Multiscale Unloaded Recovery Following Tensile Loading
Dawn Elliott, Ph.D.
University of Delaware



In search of biomarkers of back pain: systemic cytokine profiles in patients with intervertebral disc disorders
Nadeen Chahine, Ph.D.
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research



Genetic Mouse Models of Accelerated Intervertebral Disc Degeneration and Regeneration
Chitra L. Dahia, Ph.D.
Hospital for Special Surgery



Injury, inflammation, and altered mechanotransduction in the intervertebral disc
James Iatridis, Ph.D.
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai



Coffee Break

Session 4: Bone Adaptation in Aging and Disease 

Steering Chair: Susannah Fritton, Ph.D.



Bone mineralization changes due to aging and disease
Adele Boskey, Ph.D.
Hospital for Special Surgery



Effects of bone matrix proteins on fracture and fragility
StacyAnn Morgan, Ph.D. and Deepak Vashishth, Ph.D.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



CXCL12/CXCR4 signaling in skeletal mechanoadaptation and angiogenesis
Alesha Castillo, Ph.D.
New York University



Role of estrogen signaling in load-based skeletal adaptation
Marjolein van der Meulen, Ph.D.
Cornell University


Low magnitude mechanical signals as an anabolic signal to the skeleton in aging and disease
Clint Rubin, Ph.D.
Stony Brook University

Young Investigator Awards / Reception 



Young Investigator Awards
Chair: Mia M. Thi, PhD


Closing remarks
Neil J. Cobelli, MD

5:45pm – 6:15pm

Reception and networking



Hui B. Sun, PhD - Program Director

Steering Committee Chairs
• Helen Lu, PhD
• James Iatridis, PhD
• John Hardin, MD
• Susannah Fritton, PhD

Program Overseers 
• Di Chen, PhD
• Mary Goldring, PhD
• Ed Guo, PhD
• Jeremy Mao, DDS, PhD
• Maurizio Pacifici, PhD
• Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
• Mitchell Schaffler, PhD

Poster Session and Young Investigator Award Committee
• Chair: Mia Thi, PhD

• Co-chair: David Hirsh, MD
• Co-chair: Bang Hoang, PhD
• Co-chair: Robert J. Majeska, PhD
• Co-chair: Jeremy J. Mao, DDS, PhD
• Co-chair: Maurizio Pacifici, PhD
• Co-chair: Sylvia O. Suadicani, PhD 


Poster Session - We invite investigators to submit abstracts for the poster session, which is an important component of this conference. Posters will be displayed throughout the day with a dedicated poster session. Young Investigator Award Abstracts from students at all training levels and postdoctoral fellows will be considered for Young Investigator Awards. Three winners will be announced and each will be presented with prize and a plaque during the evening session. Winners will have the opportunity to give a brief highlight of their work (2 minutes) at the end of the award ceremony.

To qualify, you must register and submit an abstract to Dr. Mia Thi, the chair of the Poster Session and Young Investigator Award committee, by September 26, 2016 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 template here. As the Symposium aims to promote communication within our region, we encourage you to submit your recent work (within 2016) to this Symposium, including work that may have been submitted to other meetings.



Damage to musculoskeletal tissues is a significant cause of morbidity and increased mortality, and is a magnifier of mortality in other clinical diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. The innate repair capacities are limited for articular cartilage, tendon, and extensive bone defects. In addition, current treatments for the repair of injured musculoskeletal tissue are not sufficient to restore the functionality of the original tissue. These daunting challenges present a desperate need for a better understanding of musculoskeletal biology and emphasize the importance of discovering novel repair and regeneration strategies that can be translated to clinical use.


This program will address current issues in musculoskeletal repair and regeneration, and disease treatment. Discussions will focus on up-to-date laboratory discoveries and the potential impact of these findings on patient treatment and management in the future.


Herb B. Sun, PhD
 Program Director
 P: 718-430-4291
 F: 718-430-3259 

Mia M. Thi, PhD
 Chair, Poster Session and Young Investigator
 Award Committee
 P: 718-430-3460 

Rhomina Carrasco
 Symposium Coordinator
 P: 718-430-2911 

Residence Inn by Marriott
The Bronx at Metro Center Atrium
1776 Eastchester Road, Bronx, NY 10461
Launched in May 2015, the hotel is a 10 minute walk from the Symposium. 
P: 718-239-3939

The PF Parking lot
1975 Eastchester Road
Bronx, NY 10461