March 1, 2007

AAOS 2006 Research Symposium Summary Published

Developmental Biology in Orthopaedics, a summary of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2006 Research Symposium held in Toronto, Canada, was published in the March 2007 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The symposium was partly funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

The summary, written by Benjamin A. Alman, M.D., and William A. Horton, M.D., presents highlights of the 2006 symposium discussion areas, which included:

  • Early development and somitogenesis

  • Limb patterning

  • Chondrocyte, joint and growth plate development and pathology

  • Osteocyte/osteoclast development and pathology

  • Muscle development and pathology

  • Tendon/ligament development and pathology.

Annual AAOS research symposia allow leaders in the field to address the present state of the field and emerging areas that could have an impact on it; develop a consensus on future directions in new areas of cooperative research; and develop strategies for the rapid translation of basic research into patient care.

The summary can be accessed at A list of symposia topics since 1998, as well as topic areas planned for future symposia, can be found at:

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Alman BA, Horton WA. Developmental biology in orthopaedics. Summary of the 2006 AAOS Research Symposium. J Bone Joint Surg Am.2007;89:668-671.

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