This 5-day virtual event will feature a mix of educational sessions, free paper abstract submission presentations, and interactive workshops, focusing on the most current knowledge on musculoskeletal approaches to bleeding disorders.

Sessions will address clinical assessments regarding scoring systems, pre and post surgery and physical therapy. Participants will also have the chance to network with experienced members of the MSK community, and to present their research to a global audience of peers.

The program is being built with your needs in mind! With sessions distributed over the course of 5-days and featuring diverse start times, the schedule will allow our busiest international attendees to participate in as many sessions as possible regardless of time zone.


Each day will feature an educational session devoted to the latest trends in emerging techniques, to continue to raise the priority of musculoskeletal health in the bleeding disorders community.

The educational sessions are also precursors to the interactive workshops which take place daily.

For session descriptions, topics, and speakers, please click ‘LEARN MORE’ on the grid below.

Our four (4) highly specialized interactive workshops are designed for healthcare professionals to gain practical advice and insights on managing musculoskeletal treatment for patients with bleeding disorders.

  • WHAT: Following our daily educational session on a particular topic, an elective interactive workshop is offered to attendees to delve deeper and strengthen their learning.
  • WHO: Each workshop will be led by an expert and facilitated by mentors. Space is limited to a maximum of 30 participants per workshop.
  • WHEN: Each workshop will be offered at three distinct times to accommodate different time zones. Registrants can select their preferred time in the registration form.
  • HOW: There is a supplemental fee of $30 per workshop or register for all 4 and save. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis. Register today to reserve your spot!

For workshop descriptions, please click ‘LEARN MORE’ on the grid below.

Free paper sessions will feature the highest scoring abstract submissions for MSK 2021. Presenters will each have 7 minutes for their oral presentations, and will be eligible to win the Henri Horoszowski Award, which will be awarded to the best presentation.

E-poster presentations of 2-minutes each will take place throughout the virtual MSK Congress.

To view the industry symposia schedule and descriptions, please click here.
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Updated March 25

Place your cursor over the sessions in the grid, and click 'Learn more' for session descriptions.

Program Schedule

Monday
May 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Plenary
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
What we learned
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Break
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

WFH SESSION:
World Federation of Hemophilia highlights
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Break
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Clinical assessment
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Clinical assessment
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Tuesday
May 4

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Clinical assessment
5:00 AM - 6:15 AM

Break
6:15 AM - 6:30 AM

Free Paper
Abstract Submissions
6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Break
7:00 AM - 7:15 AM

EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
Scoring Systems
7:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Break
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Industry symposia
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Ultrasound
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Ultrasound
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Wednesday
May 5

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Ultrasound
5:00 AM - 6:15 AM

 

 

 

 

 

ASK THE EXPERTS:
The benefits of EHL FIX for joint health
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM

Break
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Free Paper
Abstract Submissions
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Break
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
Surgery: Pre and post
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Break
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Industry symposia
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Break
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Manual therapy
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Manual therapy
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Thursday
May 6

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
Manual therapy
5:00 AM - 6:15 AM

Break
6:15 AM - 6:30 AM

Free Paper
Abstract submissions
6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Break
7:00 AM - 7:15 AM

EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
Physiotherapy
7:15 AM - 8:30 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
MSK treatment: Clinical cases
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

 

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
MSK treatment: Clinical cases
8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

Friday
May 7

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP *
MSK treatment: Clinical cases
5:00 AM - 6:15 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
Replacement Surgery:
Tips & tricks
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Break
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

MSK General Assembly
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Break
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

EDUCATIONAL SESSION:
The future and beyond
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED
SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION AVAILABLE IN SPANISH, FRENCH, RUSSIAN & ARABIC
ALL TIMES ARE LISTED IN EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME (EDT)
PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

OPENING PLENARY


Welcome remarks
Cesar Garrido, President, World Federation of Hemophilia
Glenn Pierce, Vice-President, Medical, World Federation of Hemophilia

The importance of MSK in hemophilia
Gianluigi Pasta, Chair, WFH Musculoskeletal Committee

WFH SESSION: World Federation of Hemophilia highlights


Join us for the WFH Highlight session where we will:

  • Present their plans to conduct training workshops on ultrasound as a diagnostic tool to detect early changes in the synovial membranes of joints among hemophilia patients
  • Discuss their collaborations in promoting the use of the Hemophilia Joint Health Score (HJHS) around the world
  • Examine the development of the WFH Gene Therapy Registry (GTR), a database to collect long-term, global and harmonized data on people with hemophilia (PWH) who receive gene therapy.

Chair
Antonio Almeida, Senior Director, Operations, World Federation of Hemophilia

Using humanitarian aid donations to help perform synovectomies
Assad E. Haffar, Medical & Humanitarian Aid Director, World Federation of Hemophilia

Global HTC training on the HJHS
Donna Coffin, Director, Research & Education, World Federation of Hemophilia

WFH Gene Therapy Registry will monitor MSK outcomes
Glenn Pierce, Vice-President, Medical, World Federation of Hemophilia

ASK THE EXPERTS: The benefits of EHL FIX for joint health
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Our panel of experts will be available to answer these questions and more during the ASK THE EXPERTS session:

  • What factors are considered most important?
  • What is the role of extravascular distribution?

Chair
Gianluigi Pasta, WFH Musculoskeletal Committee Chair, Orthopedic Surgeon, Policlinico San Matteo, Italy

Panelists
Robert Sidonio, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Davide Matino, Department of Medicine, Hamilton, ON, Canada
John Pasi, Royal London Haemophilia Centre, London, UK
Lynn Malec, Versiti Blood Research Institute, Milwaukee, Michigan, USA

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Clinical assessment


  • Description: This workshop will allow the healthcare professional to develop and pursue clinical practice questions, as well as:
    • Conduct a diagnostic interview in an efficient and effective manner.
    • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical examination skills for MSK assessment.
    • Integrate practice tools into a diagnostic assessment and treatment plan.
  • Recommended educational session: What have we learned

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Ultrasound


  • Description: Aimed for clinicians working in MSK point of care and radiology settings, this workshop is tailored to health and medical professionals looking to develop their clinical skills utilising diagnostic ultrasound.
    • Aims to enhance clinicians’ understanding and awareness of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and how it will change your practice.
    • This introduction to diagnostic MSK ultrasound provides a fantastic learning opportunity, using numerous case study examples. Ideal for beginners or those with limited scanning experience.
  • Recommended educational session: Scoring systems

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: Manual therapy

  • Description: Application of Evidence-Based Manual Therapy techniques in various pathologies using real clinical patient cases.
  • Recommended educational session: Physiotherapy

INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: MSK treatment: Clinical cases

  • Description: This workshop offers the opportunity to share your problem cases with an experienced panel of healthcare providers, covering all facets of care for patients with bleeding disorders.
    • This workshop will be held as an informal open forum, with cases from the floor welcomed and encouraged. Cases may range from the simple to the complex, where discussion and advice from the panel can be beneficial.
    • To submit a case for consideration in advance, please send a PowerPoint presentation to the MSK 2021 Congress Secretariat at .
  • Recommended educational session: Surgery: Pre and post and/or Physiotherapy

EDUCATIONAL SESSION: MSK complications in PWH: what have we learned?


This session is an introductory to the MSK Congress, citing the history of the most popular and frequently applied tools in musculoskeletal care in hemophilia. The speakers will look back on the experiences and challenges they faced regarding clinical assessment, surgical recommendations, and the role of the physiotherapist in the care of hemophilia patients.

Co-chairs
Adolfo Llinas, Medical Director, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia
Rohini Dange, Physiotherapist, Sahyadri Speciality Hospital, Pune, India

Clinical assessment in hemophilia
Pamela Hilliard, Physiotherapist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Orthopedist advises do and don’ts through life experience (surgery)
Marvin Gilbert, Orthopedic Surgeon, Mount Sinai Hemophilia Center, New York, United States

Rehabilitation and the role of physiotherapy
Piet de Kleijn, Physiotherapist (retired), UMC Utrecht, Netherlands

EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Scoring systems


The effects of specific treatments on the patient’s health consist of many subjective factors. As a result, musculoskeletal professionals have had difficulty in reaching a consensus as to how outcomes of treatment should be measured. The aim of this educational session is to explore in depth the most frequently used assessment tools for a patient with a bleeding disorder: X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, 3D motion analysis, as well as the patient’s participation, activity and pre- and post-surgery assessment, will all be compared and measured.

Co-chairs
Brian Feldman, Head, Division of Rheumatology, The Hospital for Sick Children
Pamela Narayan, Executive Committee Member, Medical Advisory Board Member, Hemophilia Federation of India (HFI)

Activity and participation
Karen Strike, Physiotherapist, Hamilton Niagara Regional Hemophilia Centre, McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, Canada

MRI
Andrea Doria, Radiologist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Ultrasound: Point of care
Carlo Martinoli, Associate Professor of Radiology, University of Genoa, Italy

Pre & post surgery assessment
Adolfo Llinas, Medical Director, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá, Colombia

3D motion analysis
Sébastien Lobet, Physiotherapist & Researcher, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Belgium

X-ray
Wouter Foppen, Radiology Resident, University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Surgery: Pre and post


This session will explore the clinical process and structure indicators currently available for quality and safety measurement in pre-surgery care, and the post-surgery rehabilitation strategies that physiotherapists recommend to the patient. The session will then debate the perspectives of both the orthopedic surgeon and the patient’s expectation compared to their reported outcome.

Chair
Greig Blamey, Physiotherapist, Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, Canada

Indication
Antonio Gavriloski, Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Clinic for Orthopaedic Surgery; Skopje, Macedonia

Rehabilitation
Greig Blamey, Physiotherapist, Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, Canada

Results: Patient and surgeon point of view
Andrew Selvaggi, Patient with hemophilia, Australia
Luigi Solimeno, Director UOC Traumatologia d’Urgenza, IRCCS Ospedale Policlinico di Milano, Italy

EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Physiotherapy


This session is dedicated to presenting the conservative therapies which are available for a person with a bleeding disorder – manual therapy, electrotherapy, and pain management – and explores the different aspects to consider before moving to surgical options. Simple and inexpensive tools will also be considered.

Co-chairs
Cesar Haddad, Physiotherapist, Lebanese Association for Hemophilia, Lebanon
Paul McLaughlin, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Haemophilia, Katharine Dormandy Haemophilia Centre at Royal Free Hospital, London

Manual therapy: When is it safe?
Ruben Cuesta-Barriuso, Physiotherapist, Universidad de Murcia, Spain

Electrotherapy
Rachel Tiktinsky, Physiotherapist, National Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, Sheba Medical Center, TelHashomer, Israel

Pain management
Lena Volland, Director of Education, National Hemophilia Foundation, USA

What can we do with limited resources?
Cesar Haddad, Physiotherapist, Lebanese Association for Hemophilia, Lebanon

EDUCATIONAL SESSION: Replacement surgery: Tips and tricks


This session will focus on the evaluation and discussion of challenging clinical cases by a panel of experts each focusing on the specific joint – elbow, knee, and ankle – with a particular focus on the complications and challenges with a patient with hemophilia.

Co-chairs
Christian Carulli, Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Clinic, University of Florence
Nicholas Goddard, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, The Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine in London

Elbow
TBC

Knee
Francesco Benazzo, Orthopedic Surgeon, Clinica Ortopedica e Traumatologica, University of Pavia, Italy

Ankle
Alexej Barg, Orthopaedics - Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Utah, USA

A 'haemophilia' point of view
Mauricio Silva, Medical Director, Orthopaedic Institute for Children, USA

EDUCATIONAL SESSION: The future and beyond


In an era of rapid change in technological advances, this session is designed to stimulate debate in the needs and care of musculoskeletal patients in the future, and will outline the current and future barriers for both the high and low resource countries. Assessment, rehabilitation, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatments will be explored.

Chair
Carlos Rodriguez-Merchan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, “La Paz” University Hospital

Assessment
David Stephensen, Physiotherapist, Royal London Hospital, Haemophilia Centre, UK

Rehabilitation
Angela Forsyth, Director, Optum Physical Therapy Collaborative, USA

Non-surgical treatment
Horacio Caviglia, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Buenos Aires University, Argentina

Surgical treatment
Gianluigi Pasta, Orthopedist, Policlinico San Matteo, Italy

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