1st International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop

October 25 - 26, 2013

Hotel Viking Newport
Newport, Rhode Island

As a researcher or clinician with an interest in thumb function, we cordially invite you to attend the First International Thumb Osteoarthritis Workshop (ITOW). 


The purpose of the ITOW is to disseminate basic science and clinical research on thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis, and to identify high-yield areas of research that have the potential to transform patient care. Tentative topic areas include: normal and pathologic anatomy, biomechanics, cartilage biology, neuromuscular control, diagnosis, clinical staging, treatment, outcome assessment, and clinical study design.

You are encouraged to submit an abstract by July 1, 2013.  Abstract sumbisions after this date may be considered for acceptance.  Please contact Joseph_Crisco@Brown.edu for further details.   ABSTRACT SUBMISSION - please use the template provided .  Feel free to forward this invitation to colleagues you think would contribute to the workshop. 

Registration Fees

Physicians and Other Allied Health Professionals - $375

Students, Residents and Fellows - No Charge

Guest who would like to come to the Banquet on Friday, October 25th, the fee will be $60 per person. 

(The conference is limited to 60 participants. On-site registration will be available - we can only accept cash or checks - no credit cards.)


Registration includes the complete scientific program, a reception on Thursday, October 24, breakfast and lunch on October 25th and 26th, and a lobster and clambake banquet on Friday, October 25. The banquet will be held in Restoration Hall, the main teaching facility at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades (IYRS).

Program Highlights:

Keynote Lectures


David Felson, MD, MPH, Multidscinplinary Clinical Research Center Grant | Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology Associate | Boston University School of Medicine | Boston, MA


Dr. Felson is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health, and Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Boston University Multipurpose Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal Diseases Center and the Boston University Multidisciplinary Research Center. An expert on the epidemiology and
pathophysiology of osteoarthritis, Dr. Felson has led numerous large cohort studies in osteoarthritis, with the goal of elucidating risk factors for the disease, as well as its natural history.


Caley M. Orr, PhD, Department of Anatomy | Midwestern University |
Downers Grove, Illinois

Dr. Orr is a paleoanthropologist and functional anatomist and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University’s
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His primary research interests are focused on understanding the evolutionary history of the human postcranial skeleton (especially the hands and feet) and what this tells us about the intertwined origins of our bipedal locomotion, enhanced manipulative capabilities, and tool use. Much of this work is conducted using a variety of methods in biomedical imaging and morphometrics to study the comparative anatomy of humans, other extant primates, and early fossil human ancestors.


Meeting Chairs

J.J. Trey Crisco, PhD
Amy L. Ladd MD
Arnold-Peter C. Weiss MD

October 24, 2013

6:00-8:00 pm Welcome Reception

October 25, 2013

8:00 am -6:00 pm Podium Presentations and Keynote Lectures
6:30 pm Lobster and Clam Bake Banquet
To be held in Restoration Hall, at the IYRS School of Technology & Trades

October 26, 2013

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Podium Presentations and Keynote Lectures

Funding for this conference was made possible under Award Number R13AR065906 from National Institute Of Arthritis And Musculoskeletal And Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government."

Please don't hesitate to contact Joseph_Crisco@brown.edu or Douglas_Moore@brown.edu with questions regarding abstract submissions. 

All other inquiries can be directed to the Brown CME office - Kelli_Landry@brown.edu or by calling 401-863-3337.

Register online