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ORS Spine Section/ISSLS Workshop – May 14

Novel Therapeutics for Spinal Disorders and Low Back Pain: from Bench to the Bedside


This exciting half-day workshop, organized by the Spine Section of the Orthopaedic Research Society, will take place the afternoon prior to the commencement of the main ISSLS program, and will feature scientific leaders from academia and industry presenting the latest translational research on novel therapeutic approaches for disc degeneration and low back pain, with a focus on preclinical studies and clinical trials. Two moderated scientific sessions will include ample time for questions and discussion. The complete program is below.         

Day and Time: Monday May 14 , 14:00-17:00
Location:  Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Registration: $50 Register here (will open in the beginning of February)

Session 1: Novel Therapeutic Approaches and Preclinical Translation

Jeffrey Lotz, Ph.D. – University of California San Francisco, USA
“Treating discogenic pain with intravertebral electrothermal nerve ablation”

James Iatridis, Ph.D. – Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, USA
“Annulus fibrosus repair using adhesive biomaterials”

Lachlan Smith, Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Preclinical optimization of an injectable hydrogel and stem cell therapy for moderate severity disc degeneration”


Lisbet Haglund, Ph.D. – McGill University, Canada
James Kang, M.D. – Harvard University, USA

(break for coffee and refreshments)

Session 2: Clinical Translation

 Jaro Karppinen, M.D. Ph.D. – University of Oulu, Finland
“Diagnosis and management of discogenic pain”

Gianluca Vadala, M.D. – Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, Italy
“Intradiscal stem cell injection to treat patients with discogenic low back pain: overview and preliminary results from the RESPINE clinical trial”

Lara Silverman, Ph.D. – Discgenics Inc, USA
“Designing and executing a first-in-human clinical trial to evaluate IDCT, a cell therapy to treat lumbar degenerative disc disease”

Cornelia Neidlinger-Wilke, Ph.D. – University of Ulm, Germany
Ashish Diwan, M.D. – University of New South Wales, Australia

Lisbet Haglund, Ph.D. – McGill University, Canada
Lachlan Smith, Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania, USA