Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

11th Annual Musculoskeletal Repair and Regeneration Symposium - Virtual Event

Date : October 26, 2022



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 the following areas:

  •   Bone   
  •   Mechanobiology of Musculoskeletal Regeneration 
  •   Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Regeneration 


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

  • 9 outstanding speakers from the United States and Europe 
  • Lightening e-poster sessions and Young Investigator Award session


Deadline: October 24, 2022 

Please register online at: 

Registration is free.  Early registration is highly recommended.

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.



8:00 – 8:10 am  

Introduction and acknowledgements  
Mia M. Thi, PhD  

Opening remarks  
Neil J. Cobelli, MD  



 Session 1 – Bone Health: Regenerative Medicine and Beyond 
Steering chair: Yi-Xian Qin, PhD


8:10 – 8:15 am  Introduction
Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
State University of New York at Stony Brook


8:15 – 8:35 am     

The Microbiome and Bone Strength 
Christopher Hernandez, PhD
Cornell University 

8:35 – 8:55 am

A new injury-responsive cell population in the musculoskeletal system 
Ugur Ayturk, PhD
Hospital for Special Surgery


8:55 - 9:15 am

The Microbiome and Bone Strength  
Christopher Hernandez, PhD
Cornell University


9:15 - 9:25  Discussion / Conclusions 

 9:25 – 9:35 am BREAK 



Session 2 – Mechanobiology of Musculoskeletal Regeneration 
Steering chair: Woojin Han, PhD


9:35  - 9:40 am

Woojin Han, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 


9:40  -  10:00 am

Cilia-Regulated Mechanotransduction in Tendon Enthesis 
Fei Fang, PhD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


10:00 - 10:20 am

Story of Osteoarthritic Chondrocytes and Piezo1-based Therapeutic

Whasil Lee, PhD
University of Rochester


10:20 - 10:40 am 

The influence of (un)loading on extracellular matrix deposition during development and repair 
Sarah Calve, PhD
University of Colorado


10:40 - 10:50 am

Discussion / Conclusions 



  10:50  – 11:00 am BREAK  



e-Poster Session

11:00 am : 12:30 pm Concurrent Lightning e-Poster Sessions

12:30 – 12:40 pm BREAK 



Session 3 – Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Regeneration
Steering chair: Chuanju Liu, PhD 

12:40 - 12:45 pm Introduction
Chuanju Liu, PhD
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
12:45 -1:05 pm

Regulators of cartilage 
Li Zeng, PhD
Tufts University 


1:05 - 1:25 pm

Roles of SOX genes in the adult skeleton  
Véronique Lefebvre, PhD
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

1:25 - 1:45 pm

A single-cell mass cytometry platform to define cartilage homeostasis  
Nidhi Bhutani, PhD
Stanford University School of Medicine

1:45 - 1:55 pm  
Discussion / Conclusions


1:55 – 2:05 pm BREAK 



Young Investigator Awards  
Chair: Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, PhD  


 2:05 – 2:15 pm Young Investigator Awards
Hosted by: Young Investigator Award Committee


Closing Remarks 

 2:15 pm  Closing remarks
Neil J. Cobelli, MD 


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 October 10, 2022 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 abstract template.. As the Symposium aims to promote communication within our region, we encourage you to submit your recent work (within 2021) 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 17, 2022.

Important Deadlines:

Abstract Submission : October 10, 2022

Poster Submission    : October 17, 2022


Mia M. Thi, PhD  



  • Woojin Han, PhD
  • Chuanju Liu, PhD
  • Yi-Xian Qin, PhD

  • 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


Chair: Zeynep Seref-Ferlengez, PhD 

Co-chairs :
  • Leila Alvandi, PhD
  • Ugur Ayturk, PhD
  • David Corr, PhD
  • X. Edward Guo, PhD
  • David Hirsh, MD
  • Bang Hoang, PhD
  • Robert Majeska, PhD
  • Yi-Xian Qin, PhD
  • Sylvia Suadicani, PhD


Mia M. Thi, PhD – Program Director

Neil J. Cobelli - University Chairman


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 


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