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Penn Orthopaedics 2018 Cartilage Repair Symposium

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Smilow Center for Translational Research

Rubenstein Auditorium

3400 Civic Center Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Pushing the Boundaries of Cartilage Repair

Join us for a Clinical and Scientific Gathering Focused on the Cutting Edge of Cartilage Repair.

Keynote Speakers:

Tom Minas, MD, MS
Director, Cartilage Repair Center
West Palm Beach, Florida

Kenneth R. Zaslav, MD
Richmond, Virginia

Target Audience: The symposium attracts orthopaedic surgeons, non-operative sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, and physician assistants to learn about the latest techniques in cartilage repair. With a focus on basic science, we also attract the best scientists and engineers to present their cutting edge work. In addition, we will be offering free admission for up to two (2) residents from the Orthopaedic Surgery programs at each of the major medical centers in the region.

Statement of Need: The symposium will include invited talks by key thought leaders in the field of cartilage biology, biomaterials, stem cells, tissue engineering, animal models, and imaging, as well as clinical methods for the treatment of cartilage damage in the knee. Speakers will also discuss rehabilitative protocols that promote successful recovery.

Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in hands on training in the most advanced repair techniques in the Human Tissue Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. The intent of this meeting is to build consensus, informed by clinical practice and basic and translational research, to define new directions in the field that will drive the treatment of cartilage injuries in the knee from the current status of repair towards the promise of regeneration.

Course Directors:

James L. Carey, MD, MPH, Director of the Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Robert L. Mauck, PhD, Associate Director for Research, Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment, Mary Black Ralston Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Bioengineering, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Course Planning Committee:

Brian Eckenrode, PT, DPT, OCS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University, Coordinator of the Arcadia University Orthopaedic Clinical Residency, Director of the Arcadia University Running Injury Clinic

Miltiadis H. Zgonis, MD, Co-Director, Human Tissue Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Kyla Ortved, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR, Assistant Professor of Large Animal Surgery University of Pennsylvania

Friday – September 7, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Registration at Smilow Center for Translational Research

2:00 PM – 2:10 PM: Welcoming Remarks
James L. Carey, MD, MPH & Robert L. Mauck, PhD

Moderator: Robert L. Mauck, PhD

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM: SOX-Mediated Control of Skeletal Cell Fate in Health and Disease
Veronique Lefebvre, PhD

2:30 PM – 2:40 PM: Discussion; Q & A

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM: Cartilage Tissue Engineering verse Ostechondral Allografts: Challenges and Strategies for Viable Long-Term Solutions
Gerard Ateshian, PhD

3:00 PM – 3:10 PM: Discussion; Q & A

3:10 PM – 3:25 PM: Developmental Mechanobiology for Cartilage Engineering
Joel Boerckel, PhD

3:25 PM – 3:30 PM: Discussion; Q & A

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Designing Advanced Materials to Guide Cartilage Regeneration
Lesley Chow, PhD

3:45 PM – 3:50 PM: Discussion; Q & A

3:50 PM – 4:20 PM: Afternoon Break, Review of Posters and Exhibits

Moderator: James L. Carey, MD, MPH

4:20 PM – 4:50 PM: A Clinical Perspective on the Boundaries including Bipolar Chondral Lesions, Bone Loss, and Age Extremes
Tom Minas, MD, MS

4:50 PM – 5:00 PM: Discussion; Q & A

5:00 PM – 5:15 PM: Epidemiology of Cartilage Injury and Osteochondritis Dissecans in Pediatric Population
Kenneth Rogers, PhD, ATC

5:15 PM – 5:30 PM: Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment in the Skeletally Immature
Theodore J. Ganley, MD

5:30 PM – 5:45 PM: Micro-Tissue Engineering of Cartilage/Bone Implants
Speaker To Be Announced

5:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Discussion; Q & A

6:00 PM – 6:20 PM: Rapid Fire Poster Previews

6:20 PM – 7:30 PM: Poster Review and Exhibitor Cocktail Hour (Lights snacks with local beer and wine)

8:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Faculty Dinner (Invitation Only)

Saturday – September 8, 2018
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast at Smilow Center for Translational Research

Moderator: Brian J. Sennett, MD

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM: Meniscal Transplantation and Other Concomitant Soft Tissue Reconstruction
Miltiadis H. Zgonis, MD

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Assessing Alignment and Correcting Malalignment
Eric J. Kropf, MD

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Stabilizing the Knee – ACL reconstruction with ALL augmentation as well as MPFL reconstruction
Theodore J. Ganley, MD

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Discussion; Q & A

Moderator: Robert Spiro, PhD

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Current State of the Art and Options on the Horizon
Kenneth R. Zaslav, MD

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Discussion; Q & A

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Morning Break

Moderator: Theodore J. Ganley, MD

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM: Accelerated Rehabilitation Following Cartilage Repair and Meniscus Transplantation
Brian Eckenrode, PT, DPT, OCS

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Outcomes after Meniscus Transplantation
Kenneth R. Zaslav, MD

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Outcomes after ACI
Tom Minas, MD, MS

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Discussion; Q & A

11:45 PM – 11:55 PM: Perspectives on Challenges Ahead and Concluding Remarks
James L. Carey, MD, MPH
Robert L. Mauck, PhD

11:45 PM: Adjourn

Boxed lunch for faculty and human tissue laboratory participants. Conference participants that are registered for Human Tissue Laboratory module will walk to laboratory and change into proper attire by 1:00 PM.

Moderator: Miltiadis H. Zgonis, MD

Please note: All conference participants that are registered for this portion will have an opportunity to practice these skills on a cadaver at their station. Options for approach and preparation of the defect will be reviewed by all faculty.

All conference faculty will act as instructors at a station.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (including MACI, NOVOCART, and CartiONE)
Tom Minas, MD, MS
Kenneth R. Zaslav, MD

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Osteochondral Autograft Transfer (including OATS and COR systems)
Brian J. Sennett, MD
James L. Carey, MD, MPH

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation (including ProChondrix and Cartiform)
Theodore J. Ganley, MD
Brian J. Sennett, MD




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Become a Sponsor - If you are interesting in being a sponsor please contact us ane can send you the full sponsor package. This symposium is a great way to promote your brand and provide opportunities for your representatives to network with our attendees.

To arrange for your sponsorship benefits or if you have any questions, please contact our Conference Manager, Lauren Huezo at Albrecht Events at (215) 801.5242 or PCRS@albrechtevents.com

Athletic Trainers: Scientific and Lab sessions: The University of Pennsylvania Health System is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of (7) hours of Category A continuing education. This continuing education course is considered to be an Advanced Level program. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity. BOC Approved Provider Number: P8102

Physical Therapists: An application has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy for approval of physical therapy contact hours to be awarded to physical therapists attending this conference. Approval is pending.

We are not offering CME at this conference.

Hotel Room Block: A block of rooms have been held at The Study at University City hotel at the discounted rate of $209.00 per night from Thursday, September 6 - Sunday, September 9, 2018. This rate is only available until August 7, 2018. Click Here to Book A Room or call the hotel directly at (215) 387-1400.

Parking: The symposium will be at the Smilow Center for Translational Research at 3400 Civic Center Boulevard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The building is physically integrated and shares the same 3400 entrance with Penn's Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Roberts Proton Therapy Center. For both days please park in the 3600 Civic Center Boulevard Garage. The parking rate at the 3600 Garage is $20.00 daily.

Please see this link for directions, more parking details and public transportation options: PARKING LINK


In order to process refunds for course withdrawals, cancellations must be received via email by Friday, August 31, 2018 (subject to a service charge equivalent to 10% of the registration fee). No refunds will be issued thereafter.

The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of cancellation or postponement, the University will refund any registration fees but is not responsible for any related costs or expenses to participants, including cancellation fees assessed by hotels, airlines, and travel agencies.

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