Welcome by the Local Organizing Committee
On behalf of the local organizing committee and the ICRS China Chapter, I have the great pleasure to invite you to the 14th ICRS World Congress to be held in Macau, China from 09-12 April, 2018. With the mission to advance science and education in the field of cartilage repair and regenerative medicine worldwide, the 14th ICRS World Congress will allow everyone to enjoy an exciting and stimulating scientific program featuring innovative leading-edge cartilage research and technology. Held for the first time in Asia, the ICRS 2018 will provide a networking opportunity for the global cartilage and wider communities, facilitating and expanding interactions among clinicians, researchers, and industry partners from around the world. China is a country with a long history and diverse culture heritage. There are a lot of wonderful and exciting places and events waiting for you to explore. During the past decades in China, rapid economic and social development is also accompanied with enormous progress in medicine and research.
Cartilage repair has been increasingly valued by the scientists and clinicians. Since 2008, we have been collaborating with the ICRS in creating more awareness and established the ICRS China Chapter in 2015 to further promote exchanges and collaborations in cartilage repair research worldwide. The ICRS 2018 will provide the latest updates on cartilage repair, and we look forward to that many will participate and benefit from the programme.
Macau is a city of blended cultures. Ancient Chinese temples sit on streets paved with traditional Portuguese tiles. The sound of Cantonese fills the air on streets with Portuguese names. You can eat Chinese congee for breakfast, enjoy a Portuguese lunch of caldo verde soup and bacalhau fritters, and dine on hybrid Macanese fare such as minchi. Macau is also a destination easy to get to, with direct flights from many international cities. The old heart of the city, where historic ruins sit next to arty new boutiques, is small and a walking tour can easily take in the key sites from the iconic Senado Square, the Ruins of St. Pauls, to the beautiful churches and temples and the old city wall. Further south are the conjoined islands of Taipa, Cotai and Coloane. Taipa has gloriously preserved Macanese architecture, Cotai is home to the new mega casinos and Coloane is lined with pretty beaches. We are so happy to welcome you all to China and to the delightful city of Macau. We believe you will enjoy the 14th ICRS World Congress and this wonderful place.
Ao Yingfang, Congress Chair 2018 & President of the ICRS China Chapter
Welcome by the President
It has been my great honour this past year to serve as President of a society I believe is unique in the world today. It is also my enormous pleasure to invite you to join us here in Macau at the crossroads of where Western Culture meets East, in this unique Island off the coast of Mainland China. This organization holds its World Congress every 18 months to help you, our members and guests, to discover the latest information regarding Cartilage research and treatment of articular cartilage disease. This unique organiza- tion where Surgeons, Scientists and Industry are all equals contributing to this great endeavour. This year’s meeting holds special significance for two reasons: 1) It is the first ICRS Congress held in Asia, allowing us to finally truly declare ourselves a worldwide organization. We meet here with the help of our Chinese and Asian members who have for so long contributed to our work and have travelled long hours to join us. Now we are welcomed to their home, the area of the World with the most rapid expansion and growth and an engine for future innovation. 2) This is the first meeting held in our second 20 years under our new Mission and Goals to include not just treating cartilage defects but expanding our knowledge and research to improve the lives of so many with early onset arthritis throughout the world through the expanding body of knowledge of Regenerative Medicine.
This meeting will include new scientists and members bringing with them this exper- tise and sharing their thoughts with us. Susan Chubinskaya and Christian Latter- mann our Scientific Chairs have put together a highly innovative and interactive meeting for you to savour. Ao Yingfang and the Chinese Chapter of the ICRS, our local hosts, have also put together a wonderful set of social events and will bring many new members from this continent to join our endeavours. Lastly, public service to humanity has always been part of our pledge and we will be continuing this with increasing public outreach and the burgeoning world- wide growth of our Cartilage registry. Please mark your calendars to meet us in Macao next spring, and come enjoy a unique Educational and Cultural experience with, as always, lots of fun and music and maybe even wagering after dark! Welcome to Macau!
Kenneth Zaslav, ICRS President 2016-2018
Welcome by the Scientific Programme Committee
On behalf of the Scientific Programme Committee, we invite everyone to join us in Macau, 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 ad- dress 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 Macau, China
Christian Lattermann & Susan Chubinskaya, Co-Chairs of the Scientific Programme Committee 2018