UCSF CCMBM and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Scientific Retreat - Unleashing your Inner Athlete: Accelerating MSK Healing through Discovery 

Inspired by elite athletes who push the limits of what the musculoskeletal system can achieve, musculoskeletal research seeks to help everyone unleash the inner athlete to live a healthy and active life. This scientific event brings together researchers from the Bay Area and beyond to discuss cutting edge research that aims to transform human health by improving musculoskeletal function across the lifespan. Researchers from the biological, engineering, imaging, and epidemiologic sciences will discuss advances in soft and mineralized skeletal tissues and muscle in health and disease. 

Please join us for this special two-day retreat sponsored by the NIH P30 Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM) and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for all musculoskeletal researchers. The following is the tentative event agenda:

Seats are limited - RSVP by Friday, 4/5

DAY 1 - TUESDAY, April 9th, 5:00-8:00PM 
Genentech Hall, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Open only to CCMBM Members & Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty and their trainees.

  • Welcome Gathering: Reception for MSK Leaders, UCSF Leaders, and invited guests 
  • Event Program with Keynote Speaker - Kari Miller, 2016 Gold Medalist Paralympian in Sitting Volleyball; panel discussion, slam talk competition
  • Exhibits and Reception

Graduate students, postdocs, and other trainees: Opportunities to present your research via a slam talk on Day 1, and/or posters on Day 2 are available here.

Guidelines for Slam Talk [PDF file download]

Guidelines for Poster Presentation [PDF file download]



University of California, San Francisco


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging



UCSF School of Dentistry



Endocrine Unit 


Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations




DAY 2 - WEDNESDAY, April 10th, 8:00 AM-5:00PM

Gladstone Institutes
Gladstone Institutes, Mahley Auditorium, 1650 Owens St, San Francisco, CA 94158

8:00 am     Light Breakfast
8:15 am     Welcome Remarks
                  Tamara Alliston, PhD
                  UCSF, Orthopaedic Surgery & CCMBM Event Chair       
                  Jeffrey Lotz, PhD
                  UCSF, Orthopaedic Surgery & CCMBM Center Director

10:00 am     BREAK

11:30 am-    POSTER SESSION at Genentech Atrium
12:30 pm      

12:00 pm-    NETWORKING LUNCH at Genentech Atrium
1:15 pm       

3:00 pm     BREAK

                  Tamara Alliston, PhD
                  Closing remarks with Slam Talk & Poster Awards

4:30 pm     RECEPTION 
                  Networking, light snacks and drinks