*************** ANNOUNCEMENT ***************





It is with great consternation and regret that I write this note. After careful consideration I decided to officially cancel the 23rd Annual Symposium on Computational Orthopaedic Biomechanics. Contributed to the decision has the dwindling community support and lack of funding. The reality is that nothing ever stays the same; there is a need for change.  

Dear Colleagues:

This is the first announcement for the 23rd Annual Symposium on Computational Methods in Orthopaedic Biomechanics (the “pre-ORS” 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 Friday, March 27th, 2015  on the Campus
(inside the brand new Student Union Building; http://www.unlv.edu/maps/su ) of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The site is conveniently located along the S. 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 the symposium starting at 8:00 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. Deadline for pre-registration is 02/21/2015.
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 “junior researchers” 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: This 23rd annual meeting will feature three topics:
·   Multi
-Scale Approaches to Computer Modeling or Orthopaedic Tissue

·   Algorithms for Simulation of Time-Dependent Processes

·   Micro- and Nano-Scale Biomechanical Modeling of Tissue Behavior

Note: Abstracts are requested for all areas of computational research of interest to the general orthopaedic biomechanics community. However, in order to be accepted, a strong emphasis needs to be placed towards the focus areas. 

Abstract Submissions & Presentations: 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 22, 2014. 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 8pt. If possible, use the template provided on the pre-registration page.

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 evening.

Date & Time:     Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 AM–8:00 PM
Location:            University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV 
                            Student Union Building
Registration:       Free of charge. Pre-register at
                           pre-registration deadline Friday, February 21, 2015

Abstracts:            Deadline is Monday, December 22, 2014. E-mail submissions to pre-ORS@bcm.edu

Template and Instructions: http://pre-ORS.org/pre-registration.html

URL:                   http://www.pre-ORS.org


Pre-ORS Abstract Template File


Meeting Chairs


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

Exponent Failure Analysis
Senior Associate
Houston, TX