Join us in beautiful Montréal, Canada from June 19-22, 2019 for the 2nd International Combined Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Societies.

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Guest Speakers

Presidential Guest Speaker

Presidential Guest Speaker

Roberta L Bondar, O.C. O.Ont. MD PhD FRSC ICD.D

Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer

Opening Ceremonies: June 19, 2019, 17:30

Plenary Hall, Room 517D, Hall Viger, Palais des congrès

Change, Adaptation & Risk

Roberta Bondar was the first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space. An astronaut, physician, and photographer, she expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission, where she conducted over 40 investigations from 13 countries. Her highly motivational talks — punctuated by her stunning photographs — focus on change, social responsibility, and our environment.

For more than 12 years at NASA, Dr. Bondar headed an international space medicine research team, finding new connections between astronauts recovering from spaceflight and neurological illnesses on Earth, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Her techniques have been used in clinical studies at the B. I. Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bondar was also Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario for six years.

Dr. Bondar has is a leading speaker and consultant within the medical and scientific communities, and in the field of corporate social responsibility and care for the Earth’s environment. She is the co-founder and president of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, a not-for profit charitable organization created to inspire people of all ages to connect with nature through photography.

Dr. Bondar holds a BSc in Zoology and Agriculture, MSc in Experimental Pathology, PhD in Neurobiology, MD, and is a Board-Certified Neurologist by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She sub-specialized in Neuro-ophthalmology at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and at Toronto Western Hospital.

Among many awards and honours, Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Space Medal, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame for her pioneering research in space medicine. She has also received 28 Honorary Degrees from universities across Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. She is also a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

In 2011, Dr. Bondar received her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

R.I. Harris Lecturer

RI Harris Lecturer

Dr. Richard L. Cruess, MD

Friday, June 21, 9:30

Plenary Hall, Room 517D, Hall Viger, Palais des congrès

From Professionalism to Professional Identity: An Educational Journey

Richard L. Cruess graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton in 1951 and an MD from Columbia University in 1955. He is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and a Member of the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University. An orthopedic surgeon, he served as Chair of Orthopedics (1976-1981), directing a basic science laboratory and publishing extensively in the field. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University from 1981 to 1995. He was President of the Canadian Orthopedic Association (1977-1978), the Canadian Orthopedic Research Society (1971-1972), the American Orthopedic Research Society (1975-1976), and the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (1992-1994). He is the recipient of an honorary degree from Laval University. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of L’Ordre National du Québec. Since 1995, with his wife Dr. Sylvia Cruess, he has taught and carried out independent research on professionalism in medicine. They have published widely on the subject and been invited speakers at universities, hospitals, and professional organizations throughout the world. In 2010 McGill University established the Richard and Sylvia Cruess Chair in Medical Education and in 2018 the McGill University Health Centre named its principal amphitheater in their honor.

Ian Macnab Lecturer

Ian Macnab Lecture

Dr. Mauro Alini, AO Foundation

Thursday, June 20, 15:30

Plenary Hall, Room 517D, Hall Viger, Palais des congrès

25 Years of Spine Basic Research: Nothing New on The Clinical Horizon?

Mauro Alini graduated in Chemistry from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1983. Since then he has been involved in connective tissue research, starting from his Ph.D. research work, which focused on the isolation and characterization of proteoglycans extracted from both normal human mammary gland and carcinomas thereof. In September 1988, he joined the Joint Diseases Laboratory (under Dr. A. R. Poole’s direction) at the Shriners Hospital in Montreal to work on quantitative and qualitative changes in extracellular matrix proteins (particularly proteoglycans and collagens) of the growth plate tissue before and at the time of cartilage matrix calcification during endochondral bone formation. In January 1995, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery of the McGill University (Chair Prof. M. Aebi) and head of the Biochemistry Unit of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, working to develop new biological approaches to treating intervertebral disc damage. Since July 2000, he is in charge of the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program (40 scientists) at the AO Research Institute (Davos, Switzerland), focusing on cartilage, bone and intervertebral disc tissue engineering. Since September 2009 is also Vice-Director of the same Research Institute. He received the Marshall R. Urist Award in 2015 from the Orthopaedic Research Society (USA).

Other Speakers

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