February 20, 2019| 1:00-5:30 pm  |  St. Louis, Missouri                                            

Eric P. Newman Educational Center  |  Washington University Medical School 

Featured Speaker: 

Jennifer Elisseeff, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Translational Tissue Engineering Center
Wilmer Eye Institute and Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopedic Surgery,
Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering

Johns Hopkins



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 20, 2019,  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. 


Symposium Agenda 


01:00-01:10pm Introduction: "The MRC and Its Activities" (Seminar Room B) Dr. Matthew Silva

  2019 P&F Presentations (Seminar Room B) | Moderator: Bailey Fearing
01:10-01:25pm Muscle Performance after Periacetabular Osteotomy for Hip Dysplasia Dr. Michael Harris
01:25-01:40pm  Mechanisms of Mammalian Muscle Morphogenesis Dr. Aaron Johnson
01:40-01:55pm The role of NF-κB signaling in Osteogenesis Dr. Gaurav Swarnkar
  Abstract Presentations (Seminar Room B) | Moderator: Chai-Lung Wu
02:00-02:10 pm Motor Skill Training vs. Strength and Flexibility Exercise in People with Chronic Low Back Pain: Effects on Functional Limitations, Pain, and Movement Quenten  Hooker 
02:10-02:20 pm An Artificial Mechanogenetic Circuit for Targeted Gene Activation in Response to Compressive or Osmotic Loading Robert Nims
02:20-02:30 pm Restoration of Endothelial Cell Function in Ischemic Muscle Tissues for Accelerated Vascularization Hong Niu
02:30-02:40 pm ASXL2-Bap1 Epigenetic Complex Regulates Bone Homeostasis Nidhi Rohatgi
  Poster Presentations (Great Rooms A&B)
02:45-03:30pm Poster Session A - Even # posters
03:30-04:15pm  Poster Session B - Odd # posters
  Keynote Lecture (Seminar Room B)

Translation in Orthopedics - The Unexpected Impact on Research and Understanding the Joint Environment

Dr. Jennifer Elisseeff 
05:25-05:30pm Announce Poster Winners  Dr.Matthew Silva
05:30-06:30pm Reception (main lobby)



Click here for Poster Locations





Poster Session


Call for Abstracts (CLOSED)

Please submit your abstracts to:
Kamilla McGhee
by 5pm on January 4, 2019


$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 (11)
  • 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 4, 2019 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 25, 2019.


Forms (required for submissions):

Submission Form 

Abstract template 





For more information, please contact:

Kamilla McGhee
Core Coordinator