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International Workshop of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions

Date: October 6,7 and 8, 2017
Location: To be confirmed

FlyerFrank Rauch, M.D., is at the source of the next International Workshop of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions, which will be held at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. Among the 18 presenters are speakers from the United States, Europe and Canada. More than a dozen projects will be presented during the workshop. It is the first time the conference has been organized outside Europe. The participants are interested in bone metabolic diseases in adults and children since there are many diseases that can cause problems in the process of bone development. 

The International Society of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions (ISMNI) is a nonprofit scientific society whose mission is to enhance the knowledge of the interactions between tissues and organs coordinating in the function of the musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is mainly given to interactions of bone, joints, muscles, and the neuronal system. ISMNI seeks to link multiple disciplines in promoting a broader understanding of the physiology of the musculoskeletal and neural systems and the clinical applications of their interactions, mainly loading and exercise. To learn more, please visit

Dr. RauchFrank Rauch, M.D., is a pediatrician and clinician-scientist at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. Dr. Rauch received his medical degree from Technical University of Munich, in Germany. He did his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Cologne University and a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular bone biology at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. Dr. Rauch provides clinical care for children with metabolic and heritable bone disorders, such as osteogenesis imperfecta and rickets. He supervises the Clinical Biomedical Laboratory at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. He is also a professor of pediatrics at McGill University and adjunct professor at Université de Montréal and at University of Ottawa.

Dr. Rauch’s research program focusses on discovering new causes of brittle bone disorders in children and developing novel treatments for these conditions. He is also studying the role of the muscle system in bone diseases. In a population-based study that is conducted across the country, Dr. Rauch is collaborating with Statistics Canada to assess muscle and bone health in 10,000 Canadians.

Dr. Rauch received this year's Charles Slemenda Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to children's bone research, at the 8th International Conference on Children's Bones Health (ICCBH), in Würzburg, Germany,

Eugene Rogala Visiting Professor

Date : November 23-24, 2017
Location: To be confirmed

Regularly hosting leaders in the field of Orthopaedics from around the globe, the hospital will welcome Benjamin Joseph, M.D.,  from India, during the 2017 Eugene Rogala Visiting Professor on Thursday, November 23 and Friday morning, November 24.

Dr. JosephDr Benjamin Joseph is one of the most famed Orthopedecians in India. He has experience of over 36 years and has been trained in some of the finest hospitals in India and the U.K. Dr Joseph completed his MBBS from CMC, Vellore, MS in orthopaedic surgery from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Following which he did his M.CH from Liverpool, U.K. He has done training in paediatric orthopaedics from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital & Children’s Hospital, U.K. Dr Joseph has had the privilege to work as a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton New Zealand. He is an active member of various eminent organizations such as the Paediatric Orthopaedic Society of India, Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association, International Federation of Paediatric Orthopaedic Societies, and International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank.

Eugene Rogala, M.D., was born and educated in Montreal, being a graduate of Loyola College. He obtained his degree M.D., C.M. from McGill University in 1966 and completed his training in orthopaedic surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Further training in pediatric orthopaedic and spinal surgery was done from 1971–1973 as a McLaughlin Traveling Fellow in Toronto, Boston, Wilmington and Edinburgh prior to his return to Montreal.  As director of clinical services at Shriners Hospital, he was instrumental in the development of an extensive school screening program for the detection of scoliosis and authored a landmark reference on the incidence and natural history of these deformities. He was also responsible for the development of important and lasting principles in the correction of deformities in rachitic children. His interests in spinal surgery led him to many individual and collaborative efforts with colleagues in the care of patients.  A dedicated researcher and teacher, Eugene Rogala was a gentleman with an enormous enthusiasm for life and living. He was above all, a caring physician worthy of emulation.

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