International Chinese Musculoskeletal Research Society (ICMRS) Workshop on "Advances in Multidisciplinary Basic and Clinical Research on Spinal Disorders" was held in Shanghai, China on October 23, 2016. The workshop was one of the five sessions of the Annual Meeting of the Chinese Traditional Medicine Society Musculoskeletal Injuries. The six keynote speakers and their lecture topics were - Dr. Peter Ma (马晓龙), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, "Regenerating nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc using biodegradable nanofibrous polymer scaffolds"; Dr. Lin Qin (秦岭), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, "Spinal disorders induced by osteoporosis and clinical treatment"; Dr. Yi-Xian Qin (钦逸仙), New York University, Stony Brook, "Biomechanical mechanism and finite element simulation"; Dr. Yong-Jun Wang (王拥军), Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, "Prolonged instability induces calcified hypertrophy in the endplate of lumbar"; Dr. Bin Li (李斌), Soochow University, "Biomaterials for spinal repair and regeneration" and Dr. Di Chen (陈棣), Rush University, "Beta-catenin is a key mediator in the development of spondyloarthritis."
The workshop was chaired by Dr. Herb Sun (孙慧斌), Chair of the ICMRS Education Committee. The workshop emphasized the basic concepts while providing the attendees with up-to-date advances in the field. The workshop turned out to be a truly exciting event. Although the Chair extended the discussion time, due to active participation, the discussion proceeded beyond the tea break and lunch time. As Dr. Qi Shi (施杞) from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine said, "This workshop is a milestone that combines the treasures of traditional Chinese medicine with the cutting edge modern biomedical science and technology in the field." Dr. Qingping Dong (董清平) from Hei-Long-Jiang Traditional Chinese Medical University made the following comment, "This was the most impressive symposium I ever attended. I hope this kind of Chinese traditional medicine and modern science communication and dialog will continue, and the workshop will be held again in the near future." As Dr. James Wang (王惠聪), President of ICMRS, addressed in his opening remarks, education is one of the major missions of ICMRS. This workshop is the first of its kind, while many are on the way. When the meeting concluded, Dr. Wang agreed with many of the meeting participants that the meeting accomplished its objective: "The workshop aims to promote scientific and professional excellence in the field of spine disorders. The workshop will provide up-to-date, state-of-the-art science, and cutting edge research technology development in basic, translational, and clinical research." The major contents of the workshop will be posted on the ICMRS website, which will be accessible to all ICMRS members.
Group photo - Dr. James Wang, President of ICMRS, Dr. Yong-Jun Wang, acting president of the annual meeting (also keynote speaker), and keynote speakers and workshop faculty.
Dr. James Wang delivering the opening remarks.
Dr. Peter Ma delivering his keynote lecture.
Dr. Ling Qin delivering his keynote lecture.
Dr. Yi-Xian Qin delivering his keynote lecture
Dr. Yong-Jun Wang delivering his keynote lecture.
Dr. Bin Li delivering his keynote lecture.
Dr. Di Chen delivering his keynote lecture.
Dr. Herb Sun chairing the workshop. Meeting in discussion.
Audience at the workshop
Workshop in discussion.
Dr. Di Chen, Dr. Lian Ping Xing, and Dr. Yong-jun Wang - collaborators meeting at the workshop.