On behalf of the Scientific Programme Committee, we invite everyone to join us in Macao, China on April 9-12, 2018. We are honoured and excited to take on the task of assembling the first meeting programme to further the agenda of the new mission statement of the ICRS, not only focusing on cartilage repair but integrating early osteoarthritis and joint degeneration on an organ level into our mission.
Building on the success of previous ICRS meetings this meeting promises a state of the art summary of current and future techniques in cartilage repair and will also emphasize and further develop similarities and differences between cartilage injury and early Osteoarthritis. These topics will be elucidated through sessions covering the latest approaches towards cartilage injury and early Osteoarthritis from the view point of basic science, clinical science and clinical techniques to address the problems and issues that we encounter on a daily basis.
The program reflects your hard work throughout the years and is largely based upon the tremendous work and dedication of ICRS members who are steadily advancing, basic science, clinical science and product development in this dynamic field. The program includes overviews of current clinical and basic science strategies, updates on emerging technologies and approaches as well as instructional course lectures designed to train our members in both clinical as well as basic science techniques. We carefully incorporated sessions on function of the osteochondral unit, subchondral bone, synovial environment, growth factors, use of stem cells as well as evidence based clinical treatment algorithms and in-depth failure analyses of approaches to cartilage repair and treatment of early OA. Special sessions will focus on the joint as an organ, joint specific treatment approaches as well as tissue specific treatment approaches and rehabilitation.
We maintain several sessions that serve to teach practical “how to” approaches both in the clinical as well as the basic science arena again, culminating in the popular “mini-battles” covering “passionately debated” clinical and basic science topics. We are confident this programme is packed with exciting talks and presentations, for everyone to enjoy the latest in cartilage repair and early osteoarthritis. We look forward to seeing you in Macao, China
Mark your Agenda and plan to attend this outstanding event in China.
Christian Lattermann & Susan Chubinskaya, Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee 2018