ICRS 2015 Chicago / USA

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Welcome to ICRS 2015 Chicago - USA

May 08-11. 2015

(With Pre-Congress Surgical Skills Hands-on Course on May 6-7, 2015)

"4 Meeting Days, 100+ Invited Speakers, Key Note Lectures, 7 Plenary Sessions, 23 Special Sessions, 130 Free Papers, 250 Posters, 4 Instructional Courses, 8 Industry Symposia, Panel Discussions & Debates, Technical Industry Exhibits and the Congress Award Session"


Welcome by the ICRS President

It’s a great honour to invite you to the 12th ICRS World congress in Chicago – the world-class city steeped in the American spirit. We will again meet to share our results, experiences, techniques and failures in the field of cartilage repair. Members, scientists, interested doctors, industrial partners and allied health professionals are equally welcome to experience the special blend of ICRS meetings.

Education requires skills, an open mind and tolerance towards new ideas and criticism. Bring your curiosity to Chicago and listen to lectures far outside you core competence. Then you ask questions – the person presenting, the person sitting next to you, your co-workers at home, google and others. This is the best way to learn from the very diverse specialists ICRS brings together for the world congress.

Why do we call it world congress?  Cartilage defects and degeneration affect millions of people and ICRS is not a society meant to discuss matters among ourselves. Surgery is done for our patients, research is done to control our treatments or to develop new medications. We are working hard over the years to develop, test, modify, delete... but at some point - we have to tell the world what is going on in the field. At the world congress we have the chance to battle the best and share with the world. Going public for knowledge!

Next to the world congress ICRS pursues this community service with e.g. our patient education platform, the CARTILAGE Journal and the Cartilage Registry. National and international health authorities, industrial partners and private institutions show a growing demand for the combined expertise of ICRS in the field of cartilage repair. Let’s show the world who we are and what we can do!

Welcome to Chicago!

Christoph Erggelet
ICRS President 2013-2015

Welcome from the Local Committee

Susan Chubinskaya

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 12th ICRS World Congress to be held in Chicago, on May 8-11, 2015 as well as for the Surgical Skills Wet-Lab Workshop on May 7, 2015

The ICRS has earned its niche among professional orthopaedic societies with a unique focus on cartilage repair and biotechnology. Our mission is to bring innovative leading edge research and education to our attendees in the field of cartilage repair and restoration. The 2015 Congress in Chicago will deliver this mission at an incredible venue filled with a robust scientific programme, technology updates, clinical innovations, satellite symposiums, debates on controversial issues, and opportunities for career development. Clinicians, researchers, bioengineers, and industry partners will have the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in bio printing, joint resurfacing, rehabilitation, nanofabrication, imaging, and other areas. Importantly, ICRS treasures its partnership with other societies and industry and this will find its place during the Congress. The 12th ICRS World Congress Chicago will provide opportunities for attendees and faculty to collaborate and network with over 1000 international colleagues from more than 60 different countries.

Chicago is a unique multicultural city perfectly located on the shores of Lake Michigan with easy access through two international airports and railroads. It is the heart and soul of the Midwest. Chicago has many nicknames; however, a prominent one is the “Second City” as after visiting for the first time, it is assured that you will be back for a second time. Chicago is rich in history, traditions, culture, sport, music, international cuisine, attractions, and of course, shopping.  May should prove to be a perfect time of year as we transition into our summer months.  On behalf of the local organizing committee, we would like to invite you and your families to the 12th ICRS World Congress and promise to make Chicago one of the most memorable ICRS meetings of all.

Susan Chubinskaya & Brian Cole

Congress Co-Chairs 2015         

Welcome by the Scientific Programme Committee

Tim Spalding

Set your sights on being in Chicago May 8-11, 2015 for this special event.  The programme chairs and the local organizing committee have planned a meeting that will be both provocative and entertaining. We are excited about providing a programme that will be of highest interest to both clinicians and basic scientists with several new topics and timely debates on clinical management. Other sessions will spotlight the most emerging trends in our field.

Clinical topics will include a comprehensive update on all of the available clinical strategies currently being performed.  Controversial subjects will be passionately debated with themes that include spine [disc] and foot & ankle cartilage resurfacing, and many others.

Basic science sessions will include a focus on areas such as bio printing, biology of cartilage development, and biological & engineering considerations for optimal design of cartilage repair. In addition, sessions on controlled release and novel scaffold material for tissue engineering of cartilage are planned. 

This congress will allow a continuation of our society’s mission in bringing together clinicians and scientists from around the globe to advance our knowledge of cartilage.  It will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy a comprehensive overview of the state of the art in our field whether you are a clinician or scientist. The local organizing committee is poised to give you a taste of all the “second city” has to offer in addition to the Chicago style deep-dish pizza!  So please mark your calendars for joining us the next ICRS World Congress and we look forward to seeing you there! 

Daniel Grande & Tim Spalding

Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee


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