eCM (Eur Cell Mater / e Cells & Materials)
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2022 eCM20: Cartilage and Disc Repair and Regeneration
15th – 18th June 2022, Congress Center, Davos, Switzerland

Keynote program (subject to change)

Wednesday, June 15th

Session 1          Opening Session and Berton Rahn Award

13:15 – 13:45    Stephen Ferguson (CH) Berton Rahn winner 2022

13:45 – 14:15    Jos Malda (NL) Berton Rahn winner 2021

14:15 – 14:45    Ling Qin (HK) Berton Rahn winner 2020 (recorded)

Session 2          Clinical developments

15:15 – 15:45    Ivan Martin (CH)
A translational trajectory from the nose to the knee

15:45 – 16:15    Keren Bismuth (FR)

Session 3         Senescence – Apoptosis – Autophagy

16:45 – 17:15    Lisbet Haglund (CA)
Cell senescence and senolytic drugs to treat back-pain in mice and men

17:15 – 17:45    Francisco J Blanco (ES)

Thursday, June 16th

Session 4          Tissue function and dysfunction

08:30 – 09:00   Frank Beier (CA)
What do mouse studies teach us about osteoarthritis?

09:00 – 09:30   Ali Mobasheri (CA)
Immunometabolism in disc and cartilage in health and disease

Session 5          iPS Cells

11:00 – 11:30    Anne Camus (FR)
Generation of intervertebral disc progenitor cells from human induced pluripotent stem cells

11:30 – 12:00    Solvig Diederichs (DE)
Induced pluripotent stem cells for cartilage regeneration

Friday, June 17th

Session 6          Mechanobiology and Modeling

08:30 – 09:00    Fabio Galbusera (IT)
Computational modeling and artificial intelligence in spine research

09:00 – 09:30    Ilse Jonkers (BE)
An integrated, multi-scale approach to understand the role of mechanical loading in cartilage homeostasis and disease: Bridging from joint to chondrocyte

Session 7          Tissue engineering and Regenerative medicine

11:00 – 11:30    Sylvia Nürnberger (AT)
Enhancing endogenous repair of osteochondral defects with biomaterials

11:30 – 12:00    Ling Qin (US)
Developing novel treatments for joint diseases

Session 8          ORS Spine Session   

17:00 – 17:30    Christine Le Maitre (UK)
Regeneration of the intervertebral disc for back pain targeting the degenerate niche

17:30 – 18:00    Uruj Zehra (PK)
Vertebral endplate changes and back pain: are there any clinically relevant phenotypes?


Saturday, June 18th

Session 9           Tissue Crosstalk      

08:30 – 09:00     Carla Cunha (PT)
Immune cells in IVD therapies: cause, consequence or tool?

09:00 – 09:30    Stefan Dudli (CH)
Disc-bone marrow cross-talk with Modic changes

Session 10        Drug and Gene delivery           

11:00 – 11:30    Ken Howard (DK)
Nucleic acid therapeutics: routes, barriers and delivery solutions


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