On October 26, 2013, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Savio L-Y. Woo, PhD, DSc, DEng, distinguished university professor and director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, presented the Keynote Lecture at the Taiwan Orthopaedic Research Society (TORS) Annual Meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan. The lecture was titled, “Recent Contribution of Biomechanics on ACL Injury and Reconstruction,” and focused on a combined experimental and computation approach to determine ligament function and joint motion accurately, specifically the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). With such information, it will then be possible to evaluate surgical procedures and their outcome, to improve rehabilitation protocols, to determine the mechanisms of ACL injury, and to develop sound training procedures for injury prevention that are scientifically based.
TORS was founded in 1992 by a small group of leading orthopaedic surgeons and professors. The purpose of the society is to promote physician and researcher participation in basic science and clinical orthopaedic musculoskeletal research. The mission of TORS is to further the advancement of orthopaedic surgery in Taiwan by stimulation of the continued growth of orthopaedic research, provide an annual platform for the exchange of technical, scientific, and practical information relating to research in orthopaedic surgery, and provide for the presentation of recent advances in orthopaedic research to the practicing orthopaedic surgeon and basic scientist.