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Steve Cowin
12-03-2003, 11:54 PM
To Bone Researchers in the NYC area:
The NYC Mineralized Tissue Seminar will have its final fall
seminar on Wednesday night December 10th in room 9205 at the CUNY
Graduate Center at 7 PM. The speaker is TIMOTHY M. WRIGHT PhD,
Senior Member, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery,
Professor of Applied Biomechanics, Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery,
Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He will speak on the
BIOMECHANICAL CHALLENGES IN JOINT RECONSTRUCTION. An abstract for
the seminar is below.

The Bone Seminar Series has as its focus the mechanosensory
system in bone. The series sponsors eight seminars a year beginning
in September and continuing until April or May. The seminar program
is regularly posted on www.bonenet.net, a website dedicated to
research on the mechanosensory system in bone.

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THE FALL 2003 BONE SEMINAR PROGRAM

The seminar series will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center
on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 PM. The first and last fall
seminars will be held in Room 9205 on the ninth floor while the two
seminars in between the first and the last will be in Room C205 (on
the concourse level, below the ground floor). The CUNY Graduate
Center is in the Altman Building at the corner of 34th Street and 5th
Avenue, catty-corner from the Empire State Building. There will be
some socializing before the seminar in the seminar room from 5:45 PM.
Also, from 5:45 PM until 7 PM there will be food (fruit plate,
vegetable plate, cookies) and drink (coffee and soft drinks)
available in the seminar room. There is also a Graduate Center snack
bar on the first floor; besides the usual snacks and drinks the 365
Express also carries beer and wine.
There are several subway lines nearby and it is less than a
ten-minute walk to either Grand Central Station or Penn Station.
There is money to support parking for graduate students, apply to
Steve Cowin (contact information at the bottom).

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DECEMBER 10th, 2003 in room 9205 at the CUNY Graduate Center at 7 PM.

Speaker: TIMOTHY M. WRIGHT PhD, Senior Member, Research Division,
Hospital for Special Surgery, Professor of Applied Biomechanics,
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell
University

Title: BIOMECHANICAL CHALLENGES IN JOINT RECONSTRUCTION

Abstract: Total joint arthroplasty is among the most
successful and cost effective surgical procedures and remains the
best treatment for long-term pain relief and restoration of function
for patients suffering with diseased or damaged joints. Nonetheless,
the desire by both patients and surgeons to treat joint problems at
earlier stages than might be indicated for conventional joint
replacement has spurred increased interest in the development of a
much broader spectrum of possible solutions from more functional
implant designs to interpositional spacers to synthetic plugs to
autografts and finally to engineered tissues. In many respects, the
biomechanical problems involved in all these solutions are the same -
transferring large loads across the joints into the remaining healthy
skeleton. At the same time, the ability to manipulate existing bone
tissue through mechanical and biological influences and to control
the development of engineered tissues through similar approaches
raises exciting possibilities for joint reconstruction. Important
first steps are to determine how significantly mechanical influences
can alter bone tissue and what mechanical factors are key in
controlling the alteration. Our research group has begun this
examination by applying controlled loads to both cancellous and
cortical bone in animal models. Such platforms provide effective
tools for pursuing research questions in this vital area.

RESEARCH INTERESTS OF TIMOTHY WRIGHT: Dr. Wright's research is
focused on performance of bone-implant systems, with an emphasis on
the influence of design and material properties on wear behavior of
total joint replacements, and on the relation between composition,
structure, and function in bone tissue.

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ORGANIZATION OF THE SEMINAR SERIES

The Interinstitutional Steering Committee (ISC) will make
decisions concerning the seminar series, including the selection of
speakers. Interesting, high quality seminar speakers are sought.
Seminar attendees are asked to help in the identification of
investigators with new results relative to bone research, questions
of current interest and distinguished bone researchers visiting New
York City who might be persuaded to present a seminar. Presentations
by advanced graduate students and post-docs are encouraged.
The members of the Interinstitutional Steering Committee
(ISC) are Adele Boskey (Head of the Mineralized Tissue Section at the
Hospital for Special Surgery and Professor of Biochemistry at the
Weill Medical College of Cornell University), Timothy Bromage
(Director of the Hard Tissue Research Unit and Professor of
Anthropology at Hunter College of CUNY), Stephen C. Cowin, Professor
of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering at the City College of the
City University of New York (CUNY)), Susannah P. Fritton (Director of
the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory, New York Center for Biomedical
Engineering and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the
City College of CUNY), X. Edward Guo (Director of the Bone
Bioengineering Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
at Columbia University), Clinton T. Rubin (Professor and Chair of the
Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Center for
Advanced Technology in Medical Biotechnology at SUNY Stony Brook) and
Mitchell B. Schaffler (Director of Orthopaedic Research and Professor
of Orthopedics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Mount Sinai School of
Medicine). Each of these people represents a community consisting of
senior bone research people, graduate students and, in most cases,
undergraduate students.

PLEASE DIRECT YOUR QUESTIONS AND FEEDBACK TO

Stephen C. Cowin
New York Center for Biomedical Engineering
Departments of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering
The City College
138th Street and Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031-9198, U. S. A.

Phone (212) 799-7970 (Office at Home)
Fax (212) 799-7970 (Office at Home)
Phone (212) 650-5208 (Work)
Email

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