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Presentation 1

Presentation Summary:

The presentation will cover an introduction to the epidemiology, mechanisms of injury, and clinical impact of cartilage injuries in young patients with non-arthritic knees. A brief overview of cartilage treatment, joint restoration, and preservation options will be provided before focusing on the use and benefits of osteochondral allografts in these patients. This overview will include the indications, surgical techniques, and outcomes demonstrated in a case-based presentation to highlight the various options for osteochondral allograft use based on patient characteristics, defect size/location, previous treatments, concurrent joint problems, and emerging surgical techniques.

Dr. Grant

Dr. Grant

John A. Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Dip. Sport Med., is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon whose practice includes sports medicine and shoulder surgery with a focus on complex knee and cartilage/joint preservation surgery. He completed his PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary Sport Medicine Centre. This was followed by medical school and orthopaedic residency at the University of Calgary. He then came south across the border to undertake a fellowship in orthopaedic sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the University of Michigan. Following two years of elective sports medicine practice in Canada with an appointment as an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University, he returned to join the Orthopaedic Surgery faculty at the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor. In 2013, he was the Canadian Orthopaedic Association’s representative for the North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF). He is the Head Team Orthopaedic Surgeon for Eastern Michigan University Athletics and a Team Physician for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program based in Plymouth, MI. He is a member of multiple committees within the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), as well as the Director of Orthopaedic Resident Education for the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at the University of Michigan. His research interests focus on the management and outcomes associated with both cartilage and multi-ligamentous injury of the knee as well as the optimization of rehabilitation following orthopaedic sports medicine procedures.

Knee Joint Preservation: Osteochondral Allografts in 2019

 

Speaker: John Grant, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

 

Presentation 2

Presentation Summary:

During this session, we will evaluate the role of order and select tissue research and education play in scientific advancement through OPO collaboration.

Gina Dunne Smith

Gina Dunne Smith

Gina has over 30 years working in the field of organ and tissue donation for transplant and research. Beginning her career with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) as a Senior Organ Placement Specialist for five years, Gina has spent the last 25 years with the International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM) overseeing relationships with organ and tissue recovery partners and medical researchers worldwide. She is currently the Executive Director of IIAM.

Gina has remained integrated with relevant industry organizations and associations, presently serving on the AATB Quality Council, AATB Education Committee, The Alliance Leadership and Innovation Council and the American Transplant Society Advisory Committee. She served on the Board of Directors for NATCO for five years and worked with AATB on numerous other committees including the Steering Committee to author the Standards for Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation. She has also authored several articles regarding the benefits of research donation for non-transplantable organs, and has been a poster presenter for IIAM’s Neonatal Donor Program.

Research & Collaboration

 

Speaker: Gina Dunne Smith, CTBS
Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

 

Presentation 3

Presentation Summary:

During this session, we will answer the question, “Why is radiation processing a good fit for tissue sterilization?” We will review validation processes used to establish sterilization dose, and how to complete dose audits. In addition, we will review dose mapping strategies and the current industry guidance on these practices.

Radiation Sterilization of Tissue Products

 

Speakers: Seema Verma and Krystan Polaski
Date: June 26, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

Seema Verma

Seema Verma

Seema Verma is the Radiation TechTeam Project Manager at STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies. She provides technical support for dose validation, experimentation, product evaluation, and general technical inquiries for irradiation processing. She holds a M.S. degree in Microbiology. She has over 17 years of experience working in radiation sterilization, bioburden, microbiology and environmental monitoring, including previous positions with contract Laboratories.

Krystan Polaski

Krystan Polaski

Kyrstan Polaski is the Senior Scientist for Radiation Technology at STERIS Applied Sterilization Technologies (AST). She provides technical guidance for radiation sterilization processing at STERIS AST facilities and is responsible for dosimetry systems management. Her background is in microbiology and she has 11 years of experience in gamma radiation processing.

Presentation 4

Presentation Summary:

During this session, we will give a global perspective on endemic areas, specific areas of risk and infectious disease considerations.

Dr. Imrit-Thomas

Dr. Imrit-Thomas

Dr. Thomas is the Associate Medical Director at LifeNet Health and an Associate Professor of Medicine at EVMS. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Thomas earned her undergraduate degree at Arts Queens College, City University of New York. She completed her fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Sub-Internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and her Clerkship at Harvard School of Medicine. Prior to her role at LifeNet Health, Dr. Thomas was an Infectious Disease Attending for multiple hospitals including Sentara Medical Group, Hamptons VA, and more.

Current Trends In Epidemiology & Infectious Disease

 

Speaker: Kavita Imrit-Thomas, MD
Date: July 17, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

 

Presentation 5

Presentation Summary:

This program will review the chemical and physical properties of various regenerative materials to assist clinicians in selecting the best materials to meet the clinical need of the patient. A comprehensive review of the many types of tissue-based products and their clinical applications will be presented in case format to provide a working knowledge of the most optimal bone graft material or membrane for the defect to achieve an aesthetic and predictable outcome for the patient.

Justin Lazzara

Justin Lazzara

Justin Lazzara is a regenerative marketing professional within the Zimmer Biomet Dental division, where he leads the Regenerative Specialist Sales Team and directs the $65M comprehensive regenerative portfolio for the company. His experience in the medical devise/regeneration business, specifically the dental implant/oral reconstructive therapy arena, exceeds 20 years. Specifically, Justin creates strategies to grow and educate dental surgeons on the safe and effective use of their surgical and grafting solutions. He has proven success launching innovative bone/tissue-based products in the market. Justin holds two Master’s degrees in business: one for Global Management from Thunderbird School of Business, and the second for Management, Marketing and Finance from the University of Miami. He is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.

Clinical Applications and Material Options for Dental Regeneration

 

Speaker: Justin Lazzara, MIM, MBA, CTBS
Date: October 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST