About this event

  • Date and time Thu 4 Jun 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Plastic Surgery

This webinar will introduce the pathophysiology of resorptive bone loss following burns, the role of bone in muscle loss, and how this method can prevent burn-mediated muscle wasting.

Key speaker Dr Gordon L Klein, Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Medical Branch, USA, will cover the rationale for using a bisphosphonate to prevent the bone loss, and describe the unexpected effect of bisphosphonates on muscle protein kinetics and net balance. Experiments which led to the mechanism underlying this effect will be covered and what the results of the experiments mean for new treatments to preserve muscle mass in burns.

Webinar topics include:

  • The pathophysiology of bone loss post-burn 
  • How anti-resorptive treatment may prevent post-burn bone loss 
  • Appreciate the mechanism by which preventing bone resorption may protect against muscle wasting

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate will be issued to those joining the webinar live. Certificates of attendance for CPD will be automatically issued after 7 days, but only where a delegate watches the webinar live in its entirety. 


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Special rates for difficult times

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.


Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.


This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

Key speakers

Dr Klein

Dr Gordon L Klein MD MPH

Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas USA

Speaker's biography

Dr Klein was a postgraduate student in Investigative Medicine at Wolfson College, Cambridge from 1970-71. After taking his MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he initially trained in pediatrics at Stanford with postdoctoral fellowships at Johns Hopkins and UCLA.


After becoming a tenured Professor of Pediatrics T the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1995, he joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery there in 2010.


Since then he investigated bone loss in burn patients at the Shriners Burns Hospital in Galveston from 1989-2019, where he identified acute bone loss in both adult and pediatric burns and then identified the relationship between postburn bone and muscle loss as well as a possible therapy to prevent post burn muscle wasting.


He has served on several journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, has had his work supported by funding from NIH and Shriners Hospitals, and is an inaugural Fellow of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research as well as an Overseas Fellow of the RSM.


View the programme

Welcome and Introduction

Mr Naveen Cavale, President, Plastic Surgery Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Role of bone in post-burn muscle loss: Treatment implications

Gordon L Klein MD MPH, Senior Scientist and Adjunct Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas USA 

Question and answer session
Close of meeting



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