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Indiana CTSI and IU School of Medicine to host Indiana Musculoskeletal Symposium


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, in partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, will host the first annual Indiana Musculoskeletal Symposium June 1-2 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The symposium, “Repair and Regeneration of Musculoskeletal Tissues: Academia, Industry and the Battlefront,” will offer a forum for investigators throughout the state of Indiana in both academia and industry to present current work that is translatable and deliverable to the critical needs of soldiers at the battlefront and for all wounded warriors with acute or chronic musculoskeletal disorders.

Paul F. Pasquina, M.D., retired Colonel, United States Army will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Pasquina is the professor and chair of the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and the director of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Training Program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and USUHS. He completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from USUHS and Georgetown University. His current research efforts are focused on exploring new technologies to enhance the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of combat casualties, particularly those with traumatic brain injury and extremity trauma. These efforts are primarily concentrated through his positions as the director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research and co-principle investigator within the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine

In addition to Dr. Pasquina, several speakers from partner institutions have been invited:

  • Eric Elster, M.D., Chairman of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • Ben Coronoa, Ph.D, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research
  • Henry Bryant, Ph.D., Eli Lilly and Co.
  • Sheryl Conley, CEO, OrthoWorx
  • Greg Gaski, M.D., IU Health

Additional speakers include physicians and investigators from the IU School of Medicine, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center and the Indiana CTSI. The list of IU-affiliated includes: 

  • Teresa Zimmers, M.D., Associate Professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Brian Mullis, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Melissa Kacena, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Stephen Trippel, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Keith March, M.D., Ph.D., Cryptic Masons Medical Research Foundation Professor of Vascular Biology Research, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Cellular & Integrative Physiology
  • Ben Zarzaur, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Surgery
  • Jaipal Singh, Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology

The meeting will take place on the campus of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis at Hine Hall, 850 W. Michigan St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. The symposium will also offer a poster session for investigators who would like to present work, with poster submissions accepted through April 18.

To download the full tentative meeting agenda, register for the symposium, submit a poster and stay up-to-date on the latest details, visit the IU School of Medicine website.

About Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Established in 2008, The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, directed by Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., is a statewide collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame along with many public and private corporate partnerships to facilitate the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into new patient treatments in Indiana and beyond. For more information, visit