6th Annual Orthopedic Research Symposium & D’Ambrosia Diversity Lectureship

Wednesday, October 23rd at Elliman Conference Center on Anschutz Medical Campus & Zoom

The 6th Annual CU Orthopedic Research Symposium and D’Ambrosia Diversity Lectureship will be held Wednesday, October 23rd, 2024, at the Elliman Conference Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Attendees have the option to attend virtually over Zoom. Pre-registration is required, as room capacity is limited, and walk-in registrants may be turned away for this reason only. 

Breakfast and check-in begin at 8:30 a.m. Lectures begin at 9:30 a.m. This event will include pre-and post-doctoral trainee presentations, two poster sessions, a Scientific Keynote Lecture, and a Diversity Keynote Lecture. The symposium will conclude with an awards ceremony recognizing the top research. After the awards ceremony, all attendees are invited to attend the D’Ambrosia Diversity Reception from 5-6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For attendees who would like to stay overnight, you are welcome to utilize our discounted university rate at any of these area hotels.

Since its inception in 2019, each of our symposia has welcomed >200 attendees, hosted up to 100 posters, and has been sponsored by several local and national industry partners in combination with the Mack Clayton Endowment. Top science has been showcased by the University of Colorado Department of Orthopedics, numerous other clinical and basic science departments in the CU system, and Universities across the front range including Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Denver, Steadman Philippon Research Institute, University of Northern Colorado, University of South Dakota, and the University of New Mexico.

5th Annual Research Symposium
Registration will open on June 3rd.
Registration is free but required by October 22nd by noon.  



Welcome to the 6th Annual Orthopedic Research Symposium & D’Ambrosia Diversity Lectureship.

Abstract submission will open on June 3rd and close on August 16th.

Only submissions of original data investigations will be considered. Studies that are systematic reviews, case reports, or study protocols will not be considered.

The total abstract limit is 2500 characters including headings.


Abstract Submission

Anschutz Health Sciences Building, University of Colorado
This symposium will be held at the Anschutz Health Sciences Building at Anschutz Medical Campus,
located at 1890 N Revere Ct in Aurora.

If you would like to stay overnight close to campus, you are welcome to utilize our discounted university rates at any of these area hotels.


Preferred Hotel Program


It is with great pride and excitement that we announce our 6th Annual Orthopedic Research Symposium and D'Ambrosia Diversity Lectureship. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2024, as a hybrid event, with the in-person component at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. This symposium has seen increasing attendance and engagement over the past 5 years, with 200+ attendees each year, 100+ posters, and 12 plenary lectures. Attendees include pediatric and adult clinical faculty as well as translational and basic scientists from all major musculoskeletal programs in the Colorado Front Range, including CU, CSU, and Colorado School of Mines. We’ve also welcomed attendees from beyond Colorado, including the University of Rochester, the University of Delaware, and the University of New Mexico. In recent years, we hosted international attendees and presenters alike.



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5th Annual Orthopedic Research Symposium & D’Ambrosia Diversity Lectureship


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2024 Keynote Speakers

Toni M. McLaurin, MD

This year’s D’Ambrosia Diversity Keynote is Toni M. McLaurin, MD. Dr. McLaurin is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Chief of the Orthopedic Service at NYC Health+Hospitals/Bellevue, and part of the Trauma Division of NYU Langone Orthopedics. She is also the Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for NYU Langone Orthopedics. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, she is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her orthopedic surgery residency training at the Michigan State University Orthopedic Surgery Residency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an orthopedic trauma fellowship at Emory University, where she stayed on as faculty for six more years. She then joined the orthopedic department at NYU Langone Orthopedics where she has been actively involved in the teaching and training of orthopedic residents with a practice focus on the management of both acute and reconstructive trauma. She also completed a master's in medical informatics at the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies. She has recently served as a Member-at-Large of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and is an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, AO Trauma, and the J Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, participating in committees as well as many teaching and mentoring activities. She has been actively involved in resident education, both formal and informal mentoring, and diversity initiatives her entire career and has won numerous teaching and mentoring awards.


Gregory D Myer, PhD

Our Scientific Keynote for this year’s symposium is Gregory D. Myer, PhD. Dr. Myer brings over two decades of experience to lead the activities at Emory Sports Performance And Research Center (SPARC) located at the Atlanta Falcons Flowery Branch headquarters. Dr. Myer previously supported the founding of and directed The SPORT Center and The Human Performance Laboratory in the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He has published over 480 medical manuscripts (h-Index Scopus: 91; Google Scholar: 123; Total Citations:>62,000) and is recognized as an international leader in the field of athletic injury biomechanics, injury prevention clinical trials, and human performance neuroscience. Dr. Myer is commonly an invited expert speaker at national and international symposia. He has received numerous awards for his team’s excellence in research is certified with Distinction and is a recent recipient of the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. In the past year, Dr. Myer was recognized for the Hugh C. McLeod, III, M.D. Award of Excellence from the Arthritis Foundation and the Bart Mann Award for the Advancement of Sports Medicine Research from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Myer is currently a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and was the recipient of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Outstanding Alumnus Award and Franklin College Distinguished Alumni Award as a doctoral- and undergraduate-degree recipient, respectively.

Dr. Myer is serving or has served as an investigator on several multi-million dollar federal and industry-sponsored grants in support of knee injury/concussion prevention and exercise training for performance, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and health research. From a standpoint of moving the field forward with injury prevention, rehabilitation, and sports performance science in the young athlete, Dr. Myer’s scientific impact is highlighted by his efforts to translate scientific discovery into innovative clinically viable tools that can be widely disseminated and benefit targeted populations. Along these lines, Dr. Myer and his team have invented aNMT (patented-augmented neuromuscular training; pronounced “animate”), a self-guided interactive biofeedback technology for improving rehabilitation and preventing injuries. aNMT biofeedback is created and driven from a user’s own real-time biomechanical (movement) data, which “animate” an interactive object that will support personalized telemedicine of the future. The biofeedback system was awarded the Innovations funding and Third Frontier Innovation Creative Opportunity funding and has been designated as a top medical innovation targeted for commercialization accelerator programs. In line with innovations that are focused on ‘making a difference,’ Dr. Myer has led investigations into strategies to best prevent brain injury in response to head impact exposure in sports. Specifically, he has led clinical trials that supported FDA clearance for an innovative medical device designed to prevent brain injury from sports-related head impact and avert these and other negative outcomes. Building upon these achievements, Dr. Myer is uniquely positioned to lead the state-of-the-art Emory Sports Performance And Research Center (SPARC) located at the Atlanta Falcons football headquarters that will serve as the nation’s leading center for research advancements and dissemination of injury prevention, rehabilitation and sports performance in young athletes.

Questions or interest in sponsoring this event?
Contact:  Ellen.Rhodes@cuanschutz.edu

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