Fifth Annual Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium

5th Annual Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium
Conference Location:  UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
Conference Dates: Dec 9, 2009

The Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium provides a forum to present cutting-edge multidisciplinary Spine research in a collegial atmosphere that disseminates scientific information, encourages informal exchange, educates scientific and clinical trainees, and develops future collaborations. The meeting includes clinicians, biologists, and engineers from across the greater Philadelphia and surrounding mid Atlantic region.

The Biomaterial’s Lab was well represented at this year’s symposium hosted at the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.  Dr. Chris Massey presented his work “Effect of Aging and Degeneration on the Human Intervertebral Disc during the Diurnal Cycle: A Finite Element Study” during the degeneration session.  David Jamison presented “Analysis of Mechanical Behavior of the Lumbar Spine under High Impact Loading” during the Injury session.  And Sumona Sarkar had a poster presentation entitled, “Identification of Biomolecular Changes in Intervertebral Disc Tissue Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.”

The Biomaterial’s Lab and Collaborators
(L-R): S. Sarkar, M. Cannella, M. Marcolongo, C. Massey, J. Isaacs, D. Jamison, N. Ganesh


The Biomaterial Lab’s Current Graduate Students
(L-R): J. Isaacs, D. Jamison, N. Ganesh, S. Sarkar


S. Sarkar and C. Massey


Professors Silfies and Cannella