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  • Bone Seminar (11/06) Tim WRIGHT will speak on BIOMECHANICALCHALLENGES IN JOINT RECONSTRUCTION

    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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