The UCSF MSK Community Convenes for "Fueling MSK Health & Discovery with Data Science, Technology, and Digital Health"

This year, the NIH P30 Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM) hosted attendees in person and online for their annual retreat. Co-sponsored with the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fueling MSK Health & Discovery with Data Science, Technology, and Digital Health drew 175 attendees to join the 39 invited speakers and moderators during March 12-13, 2024.

The CCMBM celebrated its 10th anniversary at the retreat with a cake and champagne toast.
L-R: Victor Cheuy, PhD, and Best CCMBM Postdoctoral Poster winner Eva González Díaz, PhD.

The first day of the retreat opened with talks from two keynote speakers. Rob Reich, PhD, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University presented on “Governance of Emerging Technologies: The Case of AI Norms, Standards, and Policies.” This was followed by a talk from Anita Ho, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor at the UCSF Bioethics Program titled “Deep Ethical Learning in the Evolving AI Landscape for MSK Health.” Both speakers engaged in a lively panel discussion moderated by Marc Kohli, MD, Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF. The evening concluded with cake and a champagne toast celebrating the CCMBM’s 10th anniversary.


The second day began with introductory remarks from Tamara Alliston, PhD, followed by a fireside chat with UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS. The rest of the morning consisted of sessions on basic and clinical science featuring Bradford Distinguished Lectureship Speaker Marina Sirota, PhD, who gave a talk titled “From Bulk to Single Cell Signals: Using Data to Understand Autoimmune Disease in the Era of Precision Medicine.”


The afternoon keynote was given by Susan Gregurick, PhD, who gave a talk on the NIH’s data science strategy titled “AI for Health and Research: Exploring NIH’s Strategies, Challenges, and Vision for the Future.” The day concluded with a data science resources practicum session featuring presentations from various UCSF centers including the Center for Intelligent Imaging, Radiology Research Support Services, Academic Research Services, Versa AI, and the Data Sciences CoLab.


Throughout both days, attendees also heard short slam and lightning talks from UCSF trainees, CCMBM grantees, and CCMBM STRETCH scholars. With a total of 10 slam talks and 4 lightning talks, this year’s retreat featured a variety of exciting research from emerging scholars.

Congratulations to the Poster and Slam Talk Winners!


Outstanding CCMBM Slam Talk – Christoforos Meliadis, MD, Exercise for Hearing Longevity


CCMBM Slam Talk, Second Place – Madeline Hess, Deep Learning Brings Faster MRI Scanning and Automatic Image Analysis to UCSF and Patients: Clinical Translation of DL-Based Research Models at UCSF

Outstanding CCMBM Postdoctoral Poster – Eva Gonzalez Diaz, PhD, The Gut Microbiome Regulates Osteocyte Transcription in a Sexually Dimorphic Manner


Outstanding CCMBM Predoctoral Poster – Chongshan Liu, Recovering Bone Tissue Strength Through Fecal Microbiota Transplantation in Adult Mice


CCMBM Postdoctoral Poster, Second Place – Mitsuhiro Nishizawa, MD, Antibacterial Properties of Ultrafine-grained Biomaterials


CCMBM Predoctoral Poster, Second Place – Luke Sang, Mitochondrial Transfer For Muscle Regeneration Following Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

The CCMBM would like to thank our Event Sponsors:

  • UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Dr. David Bradford Lectureship Fund
  • UCSF Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
  • Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations (CDMI)
  • UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
  • UCSF Musculoskeletal Center

Kudos to the Scientific Retreat Committee: Victor Cheuy, PhD, Event Chair; Galateia Kazakia, PhD, Event Co-Chair; Tamara Alliston, PhD; Noah Bonnheim, PhD; Kelsey Collins, PhD; Eva Gonzalez Diaz, PhD; Serra Kaya, PhD; Gurcharan Kaur, PhD; Pui Yee Law; Tom Sullivan

L-R: CCMBM Director Tamara Alliston, PhD, in conversation with UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS.



Congratulations to Members on their CCMBM Awards

Joe Darryl Baal, MD
Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
Award: JIC Travel Award
March 2024 - European Congress of Radiology

Laura Chen
Clinical Research Coordinator
Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
Award: JIC Travel Award
April 2024 - OARSI World Congress on Osteoarthritis

Priscilla Tjandra, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Award: JIC Travel Award
May 2024 - PURPOSE Annual Meeting