International Symposium of Ligaments & Tendons – XIV

Las Vegas, NV, March 27, 2015

The 14th International Symposium on Ligaments and Tendons (ISL&T-XIV) hosted by Dr. Savio Woo and Dr. Stavros Thomopoulos was held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The International Program Committee selected “Enthesis” as the main theme for this year’s Symposium along with the following theme topics: Tissue Engineering, Structural-Function Relationships, Development, Healing and Regeneration.

Following ISL&T tradition, the all-day meeting was concluded with a banquet at Joyful House Cuisine. Attendees enjoyed great Chinese cuisine and socializing with others. We would like to extend a special thank you to the faculty sponsors for their financial support of the ISL&T banquet.

ISLT – XIV Award Winners

Savio L-Y. Woo Young Researcher Award Winner
Sarah Rooney

University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: Genetic Response of Rat Supraspinatus Tendon and Muscle to Exercise

Best Research Fellow Paper
Nathan Dyment
University of Connecticut Health Center
Abstract: Enthesis Mineral Apposition During Postnatal Growth and Following Joint Destabilization in the Adult

Best Student Paper
Kathryn Farraro
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: A Novel Magnesium Ring for Regeneration of an Injured Anterior Cruciate Ligament – In Vitro and In Vivo Studies in Goats

Best Poster (Tie)
Jonquil Flowers
University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: A Novel Magnesium Based Suture Anchor for Soft Tissue Fixation

Katie Trella
University of Illinois at Chicago
Abstract: Development of a Novel Murine Achilles Tendon Explant System



We gratefully ackowledge the support of the following individuals, whose generosity helped make ISL&T-XIV possible.

Dr. Kai-Ming Chan
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr. Ranjan Gupta
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Thay Lee
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Helen H. Lu
Columbia University

Dr. Lou Soslowsky
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Stavros Thomopoulos
Washington University

Dr. James Wang
University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jennifer Wayne
Virginia Commonwealth University

Dr. Savio L-Y. Woo
Musculoskeletal Research Center, University of Pittsburgh