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2nd Musculoskeletal Development and Regeneration Conference

24 Feb 2017 - 27 Feb 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Synopsis

The 2017 Fusion Conference on "Musculoskeletal Development and Regeneration", a premier scientific forum for the scientific investigation of the musculoskeletal system, will cover a wide range of topics to encompass basic to translational aspects of the biology and pathology of musculoskeletal tissues, including cartilage, bone, tendon, ligament, and muscle. These topics will include morphogenesis, development, evolutionary specification of tissue types, cellular organization, production and assembly of extracellular matrix, biological and biomechanical functions, functional modeling, genetic basis of musculoskeletal diseases, cellular and molecular mechanisms of degeneration, and therapeutic strategies to regenerate, repair and functionally restore damaged or diseased tissues and organs. Special emphasis will be on the application of contemporary approaches to address epigenetic, molecular, cellular, and tissue biology of musculoskeletal tissues, including a session featuring new directions and technologies, and challenges and opportunities in musculoskeletal research. The conference will be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, merging concepts and approaches from the sciences, engineering, medicine and more.

We expect the 2017 Musculoskeletal Development and Regeneration Fusion Conference to be an exciting and stimulating meeting for both established and new investigators in the field, and provide ample opportunities for interaction and networking.

Key Sessions

  • Injury and Healing
  • Repair and Reconstruction Strategies
  • Developmental and Degenerative Diseases
  • Experimental Models
  • Stem Cells: Biology and Engineering

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Tamara Alliston (UCSF)
Hani Awad (University of Rochester)
John P. Fisher (University of Maryland)
Lisa A. Fortier (Cornell University)
Mark Grinstaff (Boston University)
Rita Kandel (University of Toronto)
Catherine K. Kuo (University of Rochester)
Helen H. Lu (Columbia University)
Susan Mackem (NIH)
Elise Morgan (Boston University)
Robert L. Sah (UC San Diego)
Rocky Tuan (University of Pittsburgh)
Thomas Webster (Northeastern University)

2017 MDR Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 02 December 2016. The winners will receive the following prizes at the Gala dinner: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150. 

Sponsors

Prices

All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

Early Bird Full
Price
Additional
Adult
Additional
Child
Extra Night
Adult
Extra Night
Child
Academic $1,739.00 $1,839.00 $666.00 $284.00 $278.00 $71.00
Industry $1,739.00 $1,839.00 $666.00 $284.00 $278.00 $71.00
Student $1,236.00 $1,336.00 $666.00 $284.00 $278.00 $71.00

Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

Accompanying child fees and extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years of age. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa).

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun offers a 24hour all inclusive service. Our registration and additional adult/child fees are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 3 Nights (24, 25, 26 Feb 2017).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
- International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
- Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area.
- Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily.
- 24 Hour Room Service.
- In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay.
- Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar).
- Complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel.

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 1 Night
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Dinner on day of arrival
- Breakfast on day of departure
- International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure

Speakers

Plenary Speakers

  • John Fisher
    Prof. Dr. John Fisher
    University of Maryland
  • Rita Kandel
    Dr. Rita Kandel
    Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Lisa Fortier
    Dr. Lisa Fortier
    Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Robert Sah
    Prof. Dr. Robert Sah
    UC San Diego
  • Hani Awad
    Prof. Hani Awad
    University of Rochester
  • Thomas Webster
    Prof. Thomas Webster
    Northeastern University
  • Susan Mackem
    Dr. Susan Mackem
    National Cancer Institute
  • Tamara Alliston
    Dr. Tamara Alliston
    UCSF
  • Helen Lu
    Prof. Helen Lu
    Columbia University
  • Elise Morgan
    Prof. Elise Morgan
    Boston University
  • Mark Grinstaff
    Prof. Mark Grinstaff
    Boston University

Invited Speakers

Programme

FRIDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

14:00 – 14:45

Registration & Reception

14:00 – 14:45

Welcome Lunch

*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

14:45 – 15:00

Opening Comments

MUSCULOSKELETAL DEVELOPMENT
Session Chair: Catherine K. Kuo

15:00 – 15:45

Susan Mackem
National Cancer Institute

COORDINATE FORMATION OF PHALANGES AND JOINTS FROM PROGENITORS IN THE DEVELOPING DIGIT DISTAL TIP

15:45 – 16:30

Tamara Alliston
UCSF

THE CELLULAR CONTROL OF BONE QUALITY THROUGH OSTEOCYTE-MEDIATED PERILACUNAR REMODELING

16:30 – 16:45

Ronald Kwon
University of Washington

RAPID-THROUGHPUT SKELETAL PHENOMICS IN ZEBRAFISH

16:45 – 17:10

Refreshments

STEM CELLS
Session Chairs: Rita Kandel & Thomas Webster

17:10 – 17:55

Lisa Fortier
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

ALPHA-10/B1 MESENCHYMAL STEM CELLS MITIGATE THE DEVELOPMENT OF POST-TRAUMATIC OSTEOARTHRITIS

17:55 – 18:25

Johnny Huard
Steadman Philippon Research Institute

SUPER-HEALER MICE EXHIBIT SUPERIOR MUSCULOSKELETAL TISSUE REGENERATION AND HIGHER POTENCY OF MUSCLE STEM CELLS

18:25 – 18:40

Nidhi Bhutani
Stanford University

DUAL ADVANTAGE OF HUMAN INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS (hiPSC)-DERIVED CHONDROCYTES FOR CARTILAGE ENGINEERING-UNIQUE ECM AND RESISTANCE TO INFLAMMATION

18:40 – 18:55

Anna Maria Ranzoni
University College London

AMNIOTIC FLUID STEM CELLS: POTENTIAL FOR CELL THERAPY OF SKELETAL DISEASES AND BONE TISSUE ENGINEERING

18:55

Dinner at Leisure & Free Time

SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

BIOMECHANICS AND MECHANOBIOLOGY
Session Chair: Farshid Guilak

08:30 – 09:15

Catherine K. Kuo
University of Rochester

MECHANOREGULATION OF LYSYL OXIDASE DURING TENDON DEVELOPMENT

09:15 – 10:00

Elise Morgan
Boston University

COMBINING IN VIVO MODELS, EXPERIMENTAL MECHANICS, AND SIMULATION TO ELUCIDATE INPUTS AND OUTPUTS IN THE MECHANOBIOLOGY OF BONE HEALING

10:00 – 10:30

Mark Buckley
University of Rochester

PROTECTIVE ADAPTATION OF ARTICULAR CHONDROCYTES IN RESPONSE TO MECHANICAL LOADS

10:30 – 11:00

Refreshments & Group Photo

BIOMATERIALS AND BIOSCAFFOLDS
Session Chair: Robert Sah

11:00 – 11:45

John Fisher
University of Maryland

3D PRINTING FOR ENGINEERING COMPLEX TISSUES

11:45 – 12:15

Helen Lu
Columbia University

SCAFFOLD DESIGN STRATEGIES FOR ENGINEERING TISSUE INTEGRATION

12:15 – 13:00

Mark Grinstaff
Boston University

BIOMATERIALS FOR TISSUE SUPPLEMENTATION AND LUBRICATION

13:00 – 13:30

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez
Texas A&M University

EMULSION INKS FOR 3D PRINTING BONE GRAFTS

13:30 – 16:45

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

TECHNOLOGIES
Session Chair: Rocky Tuan

16:45 – 17:30

Thomas Webster
Northeastern University

ADVANCES IN NANOTECHNOLOGY FOR ORTHOPEDICS: A SUMMARY OF 15 YEARS OF RESEARCH AND COMMERCIALIZATION

17:30 – 18:15

Farshid Guilak
Washington University

TARGETED GENOME ENGINEERING TO DEVELOP CELL-BASED VACCINES FOR ARTHRITIS

18:15 – 18:40

Refreshments

18:40 – 19:10

Henning Madry
Saarland University Medical Center

GENE THERAPY FOR OSTEOCHONDRAL REPAIR

19:10 – 19:25

Riccardo Gottardi
University of Pittsburgh

AN OSTEOCHONDRAL MICROPHYSIOLOGICAL SYSTEM TO STUDY CARTILAGE-BONE INTERACTION IN NATIVE TISSUES AND ENGINEERED MODEL CONSTRUCTS

19:25 – 19:40

Vishal Deshmukh
Samumed

DISCOVERY OF A SMALL MOLECULE WNT PATHWAY INHIBITOR (SM04690) AS A POTENTIAL DISEASE MODIFYING TREATMENT FOR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

19:40

Dinner at Leisure & Free Time

SUNDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

TISSUE ENGINEERING
Session Chairs: Lisa Fortier & Johnny Huard

08:30 – 09:15

Rita Kandel
Mount Sinai Hospital

TISSUE ENGINEERED INTERVERTEBRAL DISC REPLACEMENT: TOWARDS A NEW TREATMENT OPTION

09:15 – 10:00

Rocky Tuan
University of Pittsburgh

APPLICATION OF DECELLULARIZED MATRIX FOR TISSUE-SPECIFIC ENGINEERING

10:00 – 10:15

Josef Jancar
Brno University of Technology

MORPHOGENESIS, PROPERTIES AND CLINICAL USE OF COLLAGEN/nHAP NANOCOMPOSITE IMPLANTS

10:15 – 10:45

Yunzhi Yang
Stanford University

BIOINSPIRED APPROACHES FOR ACCELERATED BONE REGENERATION

10:45 – 16:45

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

DEGENERATION AND REGENERATION
Session Chairs: John Fisher & Helen L

16:45 – 17:30

Hani Awad
University of Rochester

GENETIC AND THERAPEUTIC MANIPULATION OF FLEXOR TENDON HEALING AND ADHESIONS IN A MOUSE MODEL

17:30 – 18:15

Robert Sah
UC San Diego

3-D HISTOLOGY OF MOUSE DIGIT REGENERATION

18:15 – 18:40

Refreshments

18:40 – 18:55

Juraj Sutovsky
Comenius University & BioMed

CYTOKINE AND CHEMOKINE PROFILE CHANGES IN PATIENTS WITH LOWER SEGMENT LUMBAR DEGENERATIVE SPONDYLOLISTHESIS

18:55 – 19:10

Suroosh Madanipour
Royal Free London NHS Trust

A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA VERSUS CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS FOR PLANTAR FASCIOPATHY

19:10 – 19:25

Prashant Singh
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS OF PLATELET RICH PLASMA VERSUS CORTICOSTEROID INJECTIONS FOR PLANTAR FASCIOPATHY

20:00

*Gala Dinner & Closing Comments*

Sponsors

Sponsor this conference

Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

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Venue Rating
5 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Address
Fiesta Americana Condesa,
Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera,
Cancun,
77500
Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Hotel Details

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Extensive Health Club and Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014. 

The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret  to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.

Location

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

Venue Rating
5 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Location Details

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

Transport

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport Transfers

Mayan Sky are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Mayan Sky team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Mayan Sky will manage and confirm all transportation bookings. To arrange transportation please contact Mayan Sky directly via email, phone or the online booking facility (see links below).

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

Conference Shuttle Service

Mayan Sky have arranged a conference shuttle service which will run at scheduled times surrounding our conferences. The conference shuttle schedule can be found below.

Arrivals (Cancun Airport to the Fiesta Americana Condesa)
12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 19:00 hours.

Feb: 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th
Mar: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th

Departures (Fiesta Americana Condesa to Cancun Airport)
12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 18:00 hours.

Feb: 24th, 27th
Mar: 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

$25 per person, each way (includes taxes)

Please allow at least 45minutes from your flight landing time to the shuttle departure time. In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation

Mayan Sky also offer a private transfer service for those travelling outside of the available shuttle dates/times mentioned above. The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 10 persons, plus luggage.

Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows: 

Unit for 1 or 2 Passengers $40 (one way) / $68 (round trip)
Unit for 3 Passengers $45 (one way) / $75 (round trip)
Unit for 4 Passengers $52 (one way) / $79 (round trip)
Unit for 5 to 10 Passengers $58 (one way) / $90 (round trip)

In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Mayan Sky as transportation is not included within the registration package **

Activities

Half Day Activities 

Mayan Sky are a reputable and reliable company offering a variety of fascinating trips and excursions. If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

The following activities are available at Aquaworld which is based in the Marina directly opposite the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel and on the beach, therefore no transportation is necessary.

Aquatwister

Experience Aquaworld’s ultimate tour adventure on board a high speed jet boat ride, Aquatwister. This is a roller coaster of manoeuvres orchestrated by a highly skilled captain and drivers on board and provides an amazing combination of nature, emotion, fun and adrenaline in one adventure.
Duration: 30 minutes 

Sky Rider

Live this exciting experience flying in couples above the Caribbean Sea and experience an amazing aerial view.
Duration: 30-40 minutes includes 10 minute flying time at an altitude of 100mtrs

Jungle Tour

The Jungle Tour is considered one of the most popular tours in Cancun. You will enjoy speeding through the dense mangrove channels of the Nichupte Lagoon before snorkelling in the second largest reef barrier in the World.
Duration: 2:15 hrs

Wave Runner

Drive and Speed on board a Yamaha VX 1100 across the Caribbean Sea.
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hr

Sub See

An extraordinary way to admire the marine life and the reef’s ecosystem without getting wet! Be part of this unique adventure on board The Sub See Explorer, a glass bottom boat from where you will be able to watch the multi-coloured species of the Scorpion´s coral reef.
Duration: 2 hrs. 

Fly Board

The Flyboard is the latest craze in water sports sweeping the world, and now you can try it for yourself. Using water jet propulsion from specially designed boot pads, the personal water craft forces water out under extreme pressure sending you soaring into the air to heights of about 5-7 metres.

Full Day Activities

If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Fiesta Americana Condesa due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment (through Fusion). The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Selvatica Extreme Canopy Tour

Over 250 acres of Tropical Jungle, in Selvatica you will be able to experience a unique adventure on the longest zip-line circuit in North America, recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as "one of the 35 great adventures in the World", divided into 12 zip lines varying in lengths and heights from 270 ft. to over 2,000 ft, it will make you fly over the jungle. Then take a ride on a military vehicle through the jungle to get to the natural cenote. With crystal and pristine waters you will be able to swim choosing between a water zip line or the diving platform. Live this unique and exciting adventure and feel the emotion and adrenaline running through your body.

Chichen Itza 

Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 07.07.2007.

Rio Secreto

Rio Secreto is an incredible underground nature reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Located in the Riviera Maya 3 miles southwest of Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto is a system of caves carved out over the course of several centuries by an underground river. Stretching approximately 8 miles, with 15 natural outlets, it’s the longest partially flooded cave on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. But what makes Rio Secreto unique is the fact that it’s semi-sunken, which means that you can hike or float through most of it.

Xcaret

Your admission to Xcaret Park allows you to enjoy a natural paradise in Cancun and Riviera Maya, with access to over 40 attractions and activities. We invite you to enjoy a whole day of fun and to assist to cultural events such as the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores de Papantla, the Mayan Ball Game and the show "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular". Dare to live Mexico in Xcaret!

Sail & Snorkel

Enjoy a spectacular day on the crystal clear waters. Sailing from Cancun to Isla Mujeres on board a sailboat. Explore the breath-taking sites of Isla Mujeres one of the wonderful reef in the Caribbean. Join us for a full day of adventure in the most beautiful sea around the world.

Group Activities

We have arranged two exciting group activities for the 2017 MDR participants. Please find the details, timings and prices for the activities below. One activity is scheduled during conference free time and the second for the day after the meeting.
This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the beautiful natural sights of Cancun.

Snorkel Trip- Sunday 26th February 2017

Departing from Aquaworld marina we take you on a motor boat to "El Meco" marine park. Here you adorn your snorkel gear and you’re ready to take the plunge and snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

The price per person is $42 USD.

+ $10 USD Marine park/dock fee (to be paid to Aquaworld)
Includes; private boat, snorkel equipment, snorkel guide, 45 minutes for snorkel tour in "El Meco" marine park,  water, soda and beers.

Itinerary for Sunday 26th Feb 2017:
Walk to Aquaworld from hotel- 10/15 minutes (across the road from the hotel)
13:30 – 14:10 Private boat to "El Meco" marine park
14:10 – 14:55 Snorkel tour (45 minutes)
14:55 – 15:35 Private boat return to Aquaworld

*Minimum of 10 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the trip.

Chichen Itzá Group Tour – Monday 27th February 2017

Discover the essence of the Mayan culture by visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The visit of Chichen Itza includes a guided tour of 3 hours with time to take pictures. At the end of the tour we go to the restaurant for buffet lunch, followed by the visit of a cenote where people have the possibility to go for a swim.
In addition, when returning to Cancun, we can enjoy a panoramic visit to Valladolid, an ancient Colonial City.

Price: $150 per person

Includes; an air conditioned vehicle, parking, highway fee and tips, entrance/guided tour in the Chichen Itzá archaeological site, entrance and swimming in the Cenote, , visit to Valladolid Colonial City, water, buffet lunch (not including drinks) and a certified Federal Guide.

Itinerary for Monday 27th Feb 2017:
07:00 – 09:30 Trip to Chichen Itzá.
09:40 – 12:40 Tour in Chichen Itzá.
12:50 – 13:00 Trip to Cenote.
13:00 – 14:00 Time in Cenote.
14:10 – 14:20 Transfer to Restaurant.
14:20 – 15:20 Buffet lunch.
15:30 – 16:10 Trip to Valladolid.
16:10 – 17:00 Time in Valladolid.
17:10 – 19:40 Trip to Cancun Hotel Zone.

*Minimum of 8 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the tour.

Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 13 Jan 2017

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline: 13 January 2017.

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9) and in Landscape Orientation.
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please safe your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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Posters

Poster Deadline: 24 Jan 2017

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 20 January 2017

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2017 MDR Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 20 January 2017. The winners will receive the following prizes at the Gala dinner: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150. 

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