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Penn Orthopaedics 2020 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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Enhancing the Quality and Value of Cartilage Repair

Join us for the 8th Clinical and Scientific Gathering Focused on the Cutting Edge of Cartilage Repair.

Keynote Speakers:

Tim Spalding, FRCS Orth.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Honorary Associate Professor, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Alan J. Grodzinsky, ScD
Professor of Biological, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Departments of Biological Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Mechanical Engineering

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.

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 on Saturday. 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, Ph.D., 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

Riccardo L. Gottardi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute

Friday – April 24, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Registration at Smilow Center for Translational Research Lobby

2:00 PM – 2:05 PM: Welcoming Remarks
James L. Carey, MD, MPH
Robert L. Mauck, Ph.D.

Moderator: Kyla Ortved, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR

2:05 PM – 2:35 PM: Engineering Hydrogel Properties for Cartilage Repair
Jason Burdick, Ph.D.

2:35 PM – 2:40 PM: Discussion; Q & A

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM: Decorin: An Indispensable Regulator of Cartilage ECM Health and Disease
Lin Han, Ph.D.

3:00 PM – 3:20 PM: Cell and Matrix Dynamics in Cartilage and Fibrocartilage Development
Nathaniel Dyment, Ph.D.

3:20 PM – 3:30 PM: Discussion; Q & A

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Break, Review of Posters and Exhibits

Moderator: Lin Han, Ph.D.

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Keynote Presentation: Delivery of Novel Therapeutics for Cartilage Repair and Regeneration
Alan J. Grodzinsky, ScD

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM: Discussion; Q & A

4:45 PM – 5:05 PM: Novel Materials for Cartilage and Osteochondral Repair
Riccardo L. Gottardi, Ph.D.

5:05 PM – 5:20 PM: Probing the Mechanobiology of Cartilage Formation
Danielle Rux, Ph.D.

5:20 PM – 5:35 PM: Rescuing Degenerated Cartilage via Biomaterial Reinforcement
Jay Patel, Ph.D.

5:35 PM – 5:45 PM: Discussion; Q & A

5:45 PM – 6:05 PM: Rapid Fire Poster Previews

6:05 PM – 7:15 PM: Poster Review and Exhibitor Cocktail Hour

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Faculty Dinner (Invitation Only)

Saturday – April 25, 2020

7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast

Moderator: Brian J. Sennett, M.D.

8:30 AM – 8:45 AM: My Journey and Experience in Meniscal Transplantation: Learning from the First 300
Tim Spalding, FRCS Orth.

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

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM: Stabilizing the Knee – ACL Reconstruction with ALL Augmentation as well as MPFL reconstruction
Theodore J. Ganley, M.D.

9:15 AM – 9:30 AM: Discussion; Q & A

Moderator: Robert C. Spiro, Ph.D.

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote -- Cost-Effectiveness of Fresh Osteochondral Allografts and Meniscus Transplants
Tim Spalding, FRCS Orth.

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

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM: Morning Break

Moderator: Theodore J. Ganley, M.D.

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

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM: Accelerated Rehabilitation Following Meniscus Transplantation and Other Concomitant Procedures
Robert G. Wise, P.T., D.P.T.

11:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Long-Term Outcomes after Cartilage Repair
James L. Carey, MD, MPH

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, Ph.D.

12:00 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 2:00 PM. Between 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM attendees can enjoy the Penn Relays. https://pennrelays.com/

Moderator: Miltiadis H. Zgonis, MD

Please note: All conference participants that are pre-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. Anyone who registers for the Human Tissue Lab must submit all paperwork and certificates.

Conference faculty will act as instructors at a station.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Meniscus Allograft Transplantation
Tim Spalding, FRCS Orth.
Brian J. Sennett, M.D.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
Brian J. Sennett, M.D.
James L. Carey, MD, MPH

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation (including ProChondrix and Cartiform)
Theodore J. Ganley, M.D.
Eric J. Kropf, M.D.

Please note that all speakers and session topics are subject to change without notice.

Become a Sponsor - If you are interesting in being a sponsor please contact us. 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 (6) 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

Learning Objectives:
• Participants will be able to interpret the clinical decision making process and considerations used to assess indications for cartilage repair surgery and treatment.
• Participants will be able to describe and differentiate current surgical techniques used in articular cartilage repair procedures.
• Participants will be able to develop and implement rehabilitation guidelines and protocols following cartilage repair surgery.

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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.

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 Friday 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

Note that due to the Penn Relays we suggest giving extra time for travel and booking a hotel room now as space in University City is limited. Penn is not offering a room block for this conference.


In order to process refunds for course withdrawals, cancellations must be received via email by Friday, April 17, 2020 (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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