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Recorded Webinar with Dr. Wayne McIlwraith: Using Stem Cells to Treat Joint Injury and Osteoarthritis in Horses and its Translational Relevance to Humans


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Watch the recorded webinar to hear Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, a Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, speak about the use of stem cells to treat joint injury and osteoarthritis in horses and its translational relevance to humans.

Webinar Summary

The webinar will introduce you to the type of stem cells used to treat joint injury and osteoarthritis in horses, and numerous studies currently being performed on horses. Dr. McIlwraith will then present the results of various studies in clinical cases as well as research studies documenting the value of culturing bone marrow-derived stem cells in treating joint injury and osteoarthritis in horses. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of the translational potential to humans, some non-culture techniques that are currently being done in humans, as well as the regulatory hurdles to using cultured stem cells for human joint injury and osteoarthritis.


You will learn:

  • Research results of various stem cell sources for aiding osteoarthritis and repairing articular cartilage;
  • The studies of experimental osteoarthritis in horses as well as the various equine joint conditions;
  • The potential relevance for use in humans;
  • Challenges and limitations for licensing these treatments in humans.

Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., discusses the use of stem cells to treat joint injuries in equine, and its translational relevance to humans and the current limitations.

Speaker Bio

McIlwraith-WayneProfessor McIlwraith has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1979. Currently, he is a University Distinguished Professor, Barbara Cox Anthony University Endowed Chair in Orthopaedics, and is Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center. He also directs the Musculoskeletal Research Program, a CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence.

The Orthopaedic Research Center specializes in articular cartilage repair, early diagnosis of traumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis in equine athletes, studies of the pathogenesis of intraarticular fracture and osteoarthritis, development of novel biological therapies for joint trauma and osteoarthritis and, more recently, rehabilitation therapies.

In addition, Professor McIlwraith has a referral equine orthopaedic practice in Southern California and is a consultant and surgeon for clients internationally.

He is the primary author of the only text book on diagnostic and surgical arthroscopy in the horse (four editions) and joint disease in the horse (in 2nd edition). He was Co-Program Chair of the 2012 ICRS meeting and is currently an Assistant Editor of ‘Cartilage,’ a quarterly journal on the musculoskeletal system.

Professor McIlwraith obtained his veterinary degree from New Zealand’s Massey University, completed an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada, a surgical residency at Purdue University and has earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University.

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