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Ethics and Governance

The Ethics Committee ensures that all OARSI activities meet the highest ethical standards of the Society. They review disclosures from the board, board nominees, committee and initiative participants and makes recommendations to the board and enforces the OARSI Code of Ethics. The Ethics committee will also be responsible for reviewing OARSI’s governance policies (bylaws, committee mandates) and make recommendations to the board.

Research and Training

The Research and Training committee establishes scholarship criteria, reviews applications and selects scholarship winners.  The committee will review existing OARSI research tools on the website and recommend updates, review OA research gaps and future directions for OA position papers.

Young Investigator

The Young Investigator Committee is limited to those OARSI members age 40 and younger.  The goal of the committee is to increase student and young investigator interest and participation in OARSI in order to foster new and strengthen existing research efforts, collaborations and mentorship opportunities in both clinical and basic science studies of osteoarthritis. The committee plans workshops and mentorship sessions at the OARSI World Congress and maintains YI Twitter and Facebook accounts.


The Publications Committee oversees the editorial office of OARSI and the relationship with the publisher of the journals.  This committee evaluates the publisher and negotiates new or renewal publisher and editor contracts, provides advice to the editors and discusses issues related to the journals.


The goal of the communications committee is to improve OARSI visibility through communication vehicles including the website, newsletter and social media. The committee will focus on improving the website and social media presence and review selected articles for the bi-monthly newsletter.


Strategic Alliance

The Strategic Alliance Committee will identify societies, foundations, groups and industry partners that have an interest in OA and related research and establish mutually beneficial interactions.  The goal is to raise awareness and educate groups about osteoarthritis.  Interactions may include formal partnerships, joint meetings and workshops. This committee will also be responsible to review requests for initiatives and projects that come to OARSI.

Finance Committee

The role of this committee is to advise the board on actions needed maintain OARSI’s solvency.  The committee works closely with the OARSI Treasurer and Industry relations staff member to identify approaches to new sources of funding and sponsorship, assess how to monetize OARSI activities.


Program Committee 2022

The Program Committee plans the annual OARSI Congress. They select the abstract categories, session topics, speakers and review the pre-Congress workshops. They also review and score abstracts.

Asian Alliances

The goal of this group is to develop partnerships and interactions with the Asian OA Community.  The aim is to collaborate with local OA societies to meet the needs of those in the field.

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the Board. The nominating committee seeks to maintain gender, geographical and specialty balance.  

Engagement Committee

The Engagement Committee curates the OARSI Live Webinar Series and explores all methods of engaging OARSI Members, with a particular focus on virtual activities.


Featured Resources

OARSI White Paper- OA as a Serious Disease

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