2nd Canadian Musculoskeletal Conference

Presented by Osteoporosis Canada in partnership with Bone and Joint Canada

National Conference on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis | May 3 – 5, 2018 | Toronto, ON

This premier conference  is an outstanding 3-day forum for clinicians, researchers and trainees with an interest in musculoskeletal health,
with a  particular focus on osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

Participants will hear from internationally and nationally recognized speakers.
The venue is set up to promote mentorship, education and networking

Register before the March 1, 2018 Early Bird deadline!


Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Toronto, 108 Chestnut Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3


The conference schedule can be viewed by clicking the link below.

Thursday May 3, 2018

Friday May 4, 2018

7:30 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Introduction and Welcome

  • Dr. Suzanne Morin, Chair of the CMC 2018
  • Dr. Famida Jiwa, President and CEO of Osteoporosis Canada
  • Rhona MCGlasson, Executive Director of Bone and Joint Canada


Chair: Dr. Lauren Beaupre

8:45 AM

Exercise and MSK Health – Dr. Karim Khan

CIHR Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA)

3 recent advances in the MSK landscape:

  • That ACL injury in the sportsperson does not necessarily require reconstruction
  • That ‘biologics’ are not proving to be a panacea for MSK conditions
  • Mechanisms that underpin the beneficial effect of loading on painful conditions

9:15 AM

Dietary Protein & Musculoskeletal – Dr. Wendy Ward

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University

  • The current recommendations for dietary protein intakes for Canadians
  • The levels of dietary protein that have been shown to benefit musculoskeletal health, particularly during aging
  • The potential role of dietary protein for supporting recovery after fracture

9:45 AM

“The ABC’s and Many Colored Flags of Chronic Pain” – Dr. Andrea Furlan and Dr. John Flannery

University Health Network, Toronto Rehab

  • Three physical examination tests to help assess patients with chronic pain
  • Three validated tools to use with chronic pain patients
  • Three each evidence-based pharmacological + non-pharmacological options for management of chronic pain
  • Identify the “flag system” (from red to black) in chronic pain

10:30 AM



Chair: Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou

11:00 AM

Assessment of Fracture Risk – Dr. William Leslie

University of Manitoba

  • Discuss the importance of fracture risk assessment tools: CAROC, FRAX and Garvan;
  • Explain how CAROC and FRAX are used in clinical decision making;
  • Illustrate clinical decision making in challenging case scenarios.

11:30 AM

Recovery from Hip Fracture: Evidence from the Baltimore Hip Studies – Dr. Jay Magaziner

University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • The many functional and musculoskeletal consequences of hip fracture.
  • The natural course of recovery from hip fracture.
  • Strategies for improving recovery from hip fracture.

12:15 PM

Oral Presentations selected from the Trainee Day – Winner of the Abstract Submission

12:30 PM



Room A Chair: Dr. Heather Frame

Room B Chair: Dr. Maureen Ashe

1:30 PM


Osteoporosis Treatments and Duration of Therapy – Dr. Angela Chung

University Health Network, University of Toronto

  • When and in whom to consider a drug holiday
  • Current evidence re: atypical femur fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw
  • Recent controversy re: discontinuation of denosumab therapy


The Core Back Tool: Turning Evidence into Practice – Dr. Julia Alleyne

Toronto Rehab, MSK, University of Toronto

  • The key components of an evidence based clinical approach to low back pain
  • Key management strategies for effective treatment of low back pain
  • The appropriate indicators for imaging and referral of low back pain patients

2:00 PM


Diabetes and Bone – Dr. Robert Josse

St Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto

  • Bone biology in diabetes
  • BMD and TBS assessment in Diabetes
  • Therapeutic options in pts with DM and OP


OA: A serious disease? – Dr. Gillian Hawker

Sir John and Lady Eaton Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, University of Toronto

  • The impact of osteoarthritis on disability, loss of independence and quality of life.
  • The impact of osteoarthritis on other chronic conditions.
  • The association between osteoarthritis and increased mortality.

2:30 PM


Bone Health After Bariatric Surgery – Dr. Claudia Gagnon

CHU de Québec, CHU de Québec Research Centre, Université Laval

  • The impact of bariatric surgery on bone turnover markers, bone mineral density and fracture risk;
  • Identifying possible factors associated with bone loss and fracture risk after bariatric surgery;
  • Improving the management of bone health around bariatric surgery.


The Current State of Science and Clinical Utility for Intra-Artucluar
(IA) treatment in Osteoarthritis
(OA): An Overview
– Dr. Robert Petrella

Western University

  • The role of injectables in intraarticular treatment of OA
  • The current consensus of evidence for IA treatment of OA
  • The future roles of IA treatments in OA

3:00 PM



Room A Chair: Dr. Sandra Kim

Room B Chair: Dr. Heather McDonald-Blumer

Saturday May 5, 2018

Sunday May 6, 2018


Bone FitTM Clinical Course



Bone FitTM Clinical Course



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