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February 22, 2018 | 1:00-5:30 pm  |  St. Louis, Missouri                                            

Eric P. Newman Educational Center  |  Washington University Medical School 

Featured Speaker: 

Andre J. Van Wijnen, Ph.D.
Consultant, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Joint Appointment
Consultant, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor of Orthopedics

Mayo Clinic


The Annual Symposium is the largest and most extensive interaction of the Musculoskeletal Research Center investigators.  It will be a half day (1-5:30 pm) symposium held on February 22, 2018,  featuring reports from many laboratories, two poster sessions (including work from all laboratories) and a featured speaker.   A reception will be held after the Symposium for social interactions with the invited speaker. 


2018 Symposium Agenda 


01:00-01:10pm Introduction: "The MRC and Its Activities" Dr. Yousef Abu-Amer
(Seminar Room B)
  2017 P&F Presentations (Seminar Room B)
01:10-01:30pm Extracellular Determinants of Marrow Adipocyte Function in the Skeletal Niche Dr. Clarissa Craft
01:30-01:50pm  Subclinical Doses of Nitrogen-Containing Bisphosphonates Produce Clinical Response on Bone
Dr. Tim Peterson
Oral Presentations from top abstract submissions 
01:50-02:05 pm The Necessity of Osteoblast Lineage Cell VEGFA for Maximal Osteogenesis During Bone Repair is Injury Specific Evan Buettmann
02:05-02:20 pm Fat Regulates Inflammatory Arthritis Yongiia Li
02:20-02:35 pm Elastin Contributes to Stiffness and Structural Reorganization in Functionally Distinct Mouse Tendons Jeremy Eekhoff
02:35-02:50 pm Inflammation Mediated by Constitutive NF-κB Activation in Chondrocyte Leads to Osteoarthritis Gaurav Swarnkar
  Poster Presentations (Great Room B)
03:00-03:45pm Poster Session A - Even # posters
03:45-04:30pm  Poster Session B - Odd # posters
  Keynote Lecture (Seminar Room B)

Molecular Strategies for Musculoskeletal Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Andre J. Van Wijnen
05:25-05:30pm Announce Poster Winners  Dr. Yousef Abu-Amer
05:30-06:30pm Reception (Great Room B)

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Poster Session


Call for Abstracts

Please submit your abstracts to:
Kamilla McGhee
by 5pm on January 5, 2018


$800 Travel Awards
will be given to the
top abstract submissions!


  • Abstracts must be submitted in PDF format, using template from MRC website (forms below)
  • Abstracts must be written in Arial font
  • Abstract must be text only (no figures or images)
  • Abstract should be no more than one page in length
  • Poster size: 4’x4’ (unless there is an existing poster that you wish to use)
  • Abstract and submission form must be submitted by 5pm on January 5, 2018 to Kamilla McGhee
  • Abstracts will be included in meeting book

Please note: All abstracts will be accepted for posters presentations.  Four abstracts will be selected for oral presentations, and notified by January 20, 2018.


Forms (required for submissions):

Submission Form 


Abstract template 





For more information, or to reserve your seat, please contact:

Kamilla McGhee
Core Coordinator

314.747.5993 Core Coordinator314.747.5993