please join us for

Symposium 2023

May 9, 2023

1:00-6:00 pm
St. Louis, Missouri
Eric P. Newman Educational Center
Washington University Medical School

The Annual Symposium is the largest and most extensive interaction of the Musculoskeletal Research Center investigators.

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Keynote Speaker

Jeffrey  Gordon, MD

Jeffrey Gordon, MD

Pathology & Immunology

Focus: the translational research pipeline for identifying next generation prebiotics, probiotics- and synbiotics (combinations of pre- and probiotics) to prevent or treat metabolic dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies

Symposium Agenda 

12:00 – 01:00 pmBox Lunch pick-up / Poster Set-upEPNEC Lobby
01:00-01:10 pmIntroduction: “The MRC and Its Activities” | Dr. Matthew SilvaMain Auditorium
01:10-02:00 pmKeynote Lecture
Dr. Jeffrey Gordon
“Developing Microbiota-directed Therapeutics for Childhood Undernutrition”
Main Auditorium
Pilot & Feasibility Presentations
02:05-02:20 pmAlexander Chamessian, MD, PhD
“A Cellular and Molecular Census of Musculoskeletal Nociceptors”
Main Auditorium
02:20-02:35 pmSilvia Jansen, PhD
“Mechanosensitive Regulation of Osteoblast Mineralization by the Actin Cytoskeleton”
Main Auditorium
02:35-02:50 pmErica Scheller, PhD
“Characterization and Function of a New p75-NTR+ Cellular Network in Bone”
Main Auditorium
03:00 – 03:10 pmNicole Gould | Abstract #1
“Proliferation of Early and Mature Osteoblasts is Required for Fracture Callus Mineralization”
Main Auditorium
03:10 – 03:20 pmTing Zhong | Abstract #2
“Upregulating The Expressions of Angiogenic and Myogenic Factors in Stem Cell-Derived Exosomes for Vascularization and Muscle Regeneration in Ischemic Hindlimbs”
Main Auditorium
03:20 – 03:30 pmGaurav Swarnkar | Abstract #3
“IkBz is a Central Modulator of Rheumatoid Arthritis Pathogenesis”
Main Auditorium
03:30 – 03:40 pmRyan Potter | Abstract #4
“Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Injury in Mice Increases Neurite and Vascular Infiltration into the Annulus Fibrosis”
Main Auditorium
03:40-04:25 PMPoster session A (Even # posters)Great Rooms A&B
04:25-05:10 PMPoster session B (Odd # posters)Great Rooms A&B
05:25-05:30 pmAnnouncement of poster winnersGreat Rooms A&B

General Registration Deadline: April 21, 2023


Registration for the 2023 MRC Symposium is now closed.

Poster Guidelines

The maximum Poster size is 45” wide x 45” tall. You have one half of one side of the poster boards. Posters must be in a vertical layout.


Kamilla McGhee | Core Coordinator |