The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) will celebrate its 50th annual meeting, March 7–10, 2004, and its 50th year as an organization committed to the advancement of orthopaedic research. The ORS mission has always been focused on education in research, dissemination of knowledge, advocacy for increased research funding and increased awareness of the importance and impact of such research on orthopaedic patients.
One way the ORS has moved proactively towards the future is through its five-decade history of forward-thinking presidents. ORS will celebrate its history by inviting the past presidents to participate in this year’s annual meeting at a special reception held in their honor on Sunday, March 7, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Moscone Convention Center West. Annual meeting attendees will have the opportunity to meet personally with the past presidents who will share their memories of the advances made in research, the highlights of their year presidential year, and the many benefits to patients they have seen through the advances in research and orthopaedics.
The past presidents will also be recognized for their contributions to the organization at the ORS annual business meeting.
The meeting will also feature a series of nine early morning educational workshops. These workshops, which will be held Sunday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 9, have been a highlight of previous meetings and provide a forum for discussing “hot topics” in orthopaedic research by leading investigators. Topics will include: “Use of molecular techniques to answer questions in musculoskeletal biology;” “Fibrocartilage: Function, repair and regeneration;” “Genetics and mechanical-loading sensitivity;” “The role of integrin signaling in the initiation and progression of OA;” “Advances in metallic orthopaedic biomaterials;” “Mechanobiological influences on intervertebral disc degeneration and repair;” “Bone quality and fracture risk;” “Molecular nano-mechanics of extracellular matrix of musculoskeletal tissues;” “Writing your first grant: What to do and what not to do.”