Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

9th Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium - Virtual Event


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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:

   • New insights in bone

   • Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

   • Tendon and ligament regenerative healing

   • Advances in 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



October 8, 2020


8:00 – 8:10 am 

Introduction and acknowledgements  

Mia M. Thi, PhD 

Opening remarks  

Neil J. Cobelli, MD 

Session 1 – New insights in bone 

 Steering chair: Alesha Castillo, PhD  

8:10 – 8:15 am 


Alesha Castillo, PhD 

New York University  

8:15 – 8:35 am 


Skeletal Stem and Progenitor Cells (SSPCs) in Bone Growth, Homeostasis and Repair 

Christa Maes, PhD  

KU Leuven, Belgium  

8:35 – 8:55 am 


Bone Mechanotransduction - Checks and Balances 

Karl Lewis, PhD  

Cornell University  

8:55 – 9:05 am 

Discussion / Conclusions 

9:05 – 9:15 am BREAK 

Session 2 – Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine 

Steering chair: James Iatridis, PhD, co-chair: Woojin Han, PhD  

9:15 – 9:20 am 


James Iatridis, PhD 

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai  

9:20 – 9:40 am 


Spatially functionalized biomaterials to direct osteochondral tissue regeneration  

Lesley W. Chow, PhD  

Lehigh University  

9:40 – 10:00 am 


Synthetic designer matrices for skeletal muscle stem cell transplantation 

Woojin Han, PhD  

Georgia Institute of Technology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai  

10:00 – 10:10 am 

Discussion / Conclusions 

10:10 – 10:20 am BREAK 

Session 3 – Tendon and ligament regenerative healing 

Steering chair: David Corr, PhD 

10:20 – 10:25 pm 


David Corr, PhD

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 

10:25 – 10:45 pm 


Immune modulation of tendon and ligament healing  

Connie Chamberlain, PhD 


10:45 – 11:05 am 


Fiber-based Models of Soft Tissue Healing 

Helen Lu, PhD 

Columbia University 

11:05 – 11:15 am 

Discussion / Conclusions 

11:15 – 11:25 am BREAK 

11:25 – 12:45 pm 

Concurrent lightening poster sessions 

12:45 – 12:55 pm BREAK 

Session 4 – Advances in musculoskeletal diseases 

Steering chair: Lionel Ivashkiv, MD; co-chair: Bang Hoang, MD 

12:55 – 1:00 pm 


Lionel Ivashkiv, MD  

The Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College 

1:00 – 1:20 pm 

Epigenomic Changes Accompanying the Progression of Surgically Induced Osteoarthritis 

Miguel Otero, PhD  

The Hospital for Special Surgery 

1:20 – 1:40 pm 


 Protecting patients from Infection: Optimizing patients, implants, and our environment. 

Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD 

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA 

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 



Registration is closed.

An email with the information to virtually join the meeting will be sent to the registrants’ email prior to meeting. Please note that only those who registered will be granted access.




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 11, 2020 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 2020) 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 2, 2020.  




Mia M. Thi, PhD – Program Director

Neil J. Cobelli - University Chairman


Steering Committee Chairs 

  • Woojin Han, PhD
  • Bang Hoang, MD
  • James Iatridis, PhD
  • David Corr, PhD
  • Alesha Castillo, PhD
  • Lionel Ivashiv, MD

Program Overseers 

  • 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
Poster Session and Young Investigator Award Committee
  • Chair: Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, PhD
  • Co-chairs: 
    • Ugur Ayturk, PhD
    • David Corr, Phd
    • Ed Guo, PhD
    • Regina Hanstein, PhD
    • David Hirsh, MD
    • Bang Hoang, MD
    • Robert Majeska, PhD
    • Jeremy Mao, DDS, PhD
    • Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
    • Sylvia O. Suadicani, PhD




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 

 Rhomina Carrasco
 Symposium Coordinator

 P: 718-430-2911 

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