Saturday, February 21st, 2009
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada

Online Registration & Abstract Submission Deadline: December 8, 2008

Dear Colleagues:

This is the first announcement and call for abstracts for the 17th Annual
Symposium on Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics (the
³pre-ORS² meeting). Detailed information on the meeting format and
registration, maps to the meeting site, and the sponsors for the meeting can
be found on the symposium website at http://www.pre-ORS.org

Location: The symposium will be held on Saturday, February 21st, 2009 on the
Campus (inside the brand new Student Union Theater http://maps.unlv.edu/ )
of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada, and
locally hosted by the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering. The site is
conveniently located along the Maryland Parkway and University Road, less
than 2 miles southeast of the location of the Annual Meeting of the
Orthopaedic Research Society. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with
presentations starting at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through the afternoon in
a single-session format.

Registration: Pre-registration for the meeting will be available
electronically at: http://www.pre-ORS.org/preregistration.html. We strongly
encourage those interested in attending to pre-register for the symposium
online through the meeting website so that we can adequately plan to
accommodate everyone. Interest was great enough last year to require that
registration be closed prior to the date of the symposium. As usual,
registration and participation are free of charge.

Objectives: The purposes of the symposium are to communicate the most
current ideas on the impact of computer-assisted techniques in the field of
orthopaedic biomechanics, to educate scientists, engineers, and researchers
in the use of these techniques, to promote the use of computer technology in
biomechanics research, and to welcome new researchers into the field. In
keeping with the tradition of the symposium, this meeting is a forum for
³junior researchers² to present their ongoing research involving computation
in orthopaedics. Therefore, presentations are expected to be given by the
student/postdoc primarily responsible for the research. The symposium will
provide ample opportunity for personal interaction with faculty and other
symposium participants, and will be a unique educational experience for the
presenters. The pre-ORS is the premier international forum on the use of a
new breed of computer based tools in orthopaedic biomechanics.

Topics: All topics on computation in orthopaedics are welcome. Special
topics of interest for this upcoming symposium are:
· Multi-Scale Approaches to Computer Modeling of Orthopaedic Tissue
· Finite Element Formulation of Non-Linear Constitutive Models
· Development of Algorithms for Simulation of Time-Dependent Processes
· Micro- and Nano-scale Biomechanical Modeling of Tissues Behavior

Abstract Submissions & Presentations: Abstracts are requested for all areas
of computational research of interest to the general orthopaedic
biomechanics community. As in the past, this meeting is a non-archival forum
for graduate students and postdocs to present their ongoing research. The
deadline for submitting abstracts for the symposium is Monday, December 8,
2008. Abstracts not exceeding one page should be sent via email as
attachments in .pdf format to pre-ORS@bcm.edu. Any questions concerning
abstract submission can be sent to this email address as well. Please be
sure to include abstract title, list of authors, and authors'
affiliation(s). Text should be structured in a dual column format and font
size not be smaller than 10pt.

Presentation: By submitting an abstract, it is understood that the primary
author will present her/his work in person if the abstract is accepted, and
that this work is not being presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society
meeting. Presentations are expected to be given by the trainee (student or
post-doc), primarily conducting the research, not by the PI. During the
symposium the authors will be provided with two opportunities to present
their work, 1) an oral presentation and 2) a poster presentation. With the
submission of abstract, it is understood that the author agrees to an oral
presentation, with the poster presentation being optional. Each oral
presentation will be 10 minutes long with 5 minutes allotted for questions.
The poster presentation will be informal during the social event in the

Date & Time: Saturday, February 21, 2009, 7:30 AM­6:00 PM
Location: Campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Las Vegas,
Host: UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering
Registration: Free of charge. Pre-register at
Abstracts: Deadline is Monday, December 8, 2008.
E-mail submissions to preORS@bcm.edu
URL: http://www.pre-ORS.org

Conference get-together after the symposium

We look forward to an exciting meeting and a fruitful exchange of ideas.

Meeting Co-Chairs:
Michael Liebschner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Neurosurgery
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
E-Mail: Liebschner@bcm.edu

Christian Puttlitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Colorado State University,
E-Mail: puttlitz@engr.colostate.edu

Diane Wagner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
University of Note Dame, Notre Dame, IN
E-Mail: dwagner@nd.edu

To be removed from this list, please send an email to Liebschner@bcm.edu
with the heading "remove pre-ORS".
Please excuse double mailings.