December 2004 Bulletin

Celebrate 50 years of OREF around the clock

By Amy Kile

The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) will kick off its 50th Anniversary celebration at the 2005 AAOS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. To celebrate the milestone, the AAOS is designating Thursday, February 24, as OREF Day. It will be a day full of activities highlighting OREF’s accomplishments and looking toward its future.

Start the morning with OREF

The day will begin with a Leadership Breakfast, presenting a unique opportunity to network with distinguished OREF grant recipients, orthopaedic opinion leaders and committed industry colleagues.

The breakfast will be followed by two symposia: a morning session moderated by Victor M. Goldberg, MD, and an afternoon session moderated by Thomas A. Einhorn, MD. The umbrella theme for both is: The Future of Orthopaedics: Advances That Will Affect How Care Is Provided. The symposia are CME certified.

Speaker Robert S. Langer, ScD, will discuss emerging technologies in targeted drug delivery. Professor Langer works at Langer Laboratory (named in his honor) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed synthetic wafers that target brain tumors by carrying chemotherapy directly to the brain. He has more than 500 patents issued or pending, more than 100 of which have been licensed or sub-licensed to pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Another morning session speaker, Charles A. Vacanti, MD, will discuss tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Dr. Vacanti is chairman of the department of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and the VanDam Covino professor of anesthesiology at Harvard Medical School. He served as the first president of the International Tissue Engineering Society, and is founding editor of the international journal, Tissue Engineering.

Alan E. Guttmacher, MD, deputy director of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will speak about the impact of genomics. Dr. Guttmacher helps to oversee the institute’s efforts in advancing genome research, integrating the benefits of genome research into health care and exploring the ethical, legal, and social implications of human genomics.

OREF abounds in the afternoon

During the afternoon session, Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD, will discuss research opportunities at the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Dr. Katz has been director of NIAMS since August 1995, and he also serves as a senior investigator in the dermatology branch of the National Cancer Institute at NIH.

Hollis G. Potter, MD, will discuss advancements in imaging technology for orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Potter has an interest in sports medicine and cartilage imaging and developed a method of imaging soft tissue, including cartilage. She is a professor of radiology at Cornell University and the chief of magnetic resonance imaging at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Wrapping up the afternoon session will be Anthony M. DiGioia III, MD. Dr. DiGioia will focus on the use of navigation and robotic technologies to enable more accurate and less invasive joint reconstructive surgery. Dr. DiGioia serves as a senior research scientist in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the founder and director of the Institute for Computer-Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery at Western Pennsylvania Hospital.

Party with OREF into the evening

This year’s Shands Circle Dinner, which has been renamed the Shands Circle Gala to honor OREF’s 50 years of contributions to orthopaedic medicine, will be held in the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Singer Nancy Hays and the Ken Olivera Band will entertain guests after dinner.

Admittance to the Leadership Breakfast and Shands Circle Gala is by invitation only. Look for your invitation in the mail. The symposia sessions are open to anyone who has registered for the Annual Meeting.

OREF Day, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005

Schedule of Events

6:30 a.m.–8 a.m.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

1 p.m.–3 p.m.

6 p.m.–11 p.m.

Leadership Breakfast

Renaissance Hotel, Congressional Hall Rooms A&C

Morning Symposium Sessions

Washington Convention Center

  • Targeted Drug Delivery: Emerging Technology
    Robert S. Langer, ScD
  • Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
    Charles A. Vacanti, MD
  • The Impact of Genomics
    Alan E. Guttmacher, MD

Afternoon Symposium Sessions
Washington Convention Center

  • Research Opportunities at NIAMS
    Stephen I. Katz, MD, PhD
  • Advancements in Imaging Technology for Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Hollis G. Potter, MD
  • Advances in Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery
    Anthony M. DiGioia III, MD

Shands Circle Gala
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


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