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OARSI Weekly Briefing - December 31, 2021

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December 31, 2021 Briefing-at-a-Glance
 Member Survey | Call for Committee Volunteers | OAC Open Associate Editor | Infographic Competition | OARSI Live Dec 15 | OARSI Live Jan 19 | OA Joint Venture Program | Membership Dues | Become a Sponsor | Important Dates | Past Briefings

World Congress Member Survey

While public health concerns and travel restrictions continue, the OARSI Board of Directors is seeking member input to determine participation at the OARSI World Congress scheduled in April in Berlin, Germany. Please take a few minutes to tell us about your current plans to participate in the  Congress and other in-person conferences by completing the short survey found at this link. 

Your response to this survey will assist us in planning OARSI activities.

Call for Committee Volunteers

OARSI is now accepting applications for new committee members with terms to begin after the 2022 World Congress in April. If you are interested in applying to serve on a committee, please complete the short application found at this link.

DEADLINE: January 31, 2022

OARSI’s success depends on the many volunteers who serve in leadership. Volunteering can provide professional growth and expand your network of OARSI friends and collaborators. Service to OARSI can provide leadership skills that will benefit you personally and professionally. Volunteering is also a way to give back to your field and support OARSI while meeting and working with new people.

OARSI is looking for volunteers for: 

  • OARSI Committees
  • Abstract Reviewers
  • Early Career Investigator Mentors
  • Translators
  • Language Editors
  • Tagging Slides
  • Website 
  • Podcasts 
  • Scholarship Hosts

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open Journal Seeks Associate Editors

OARSI's open access journal, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open, is seeking 4 new Associate Editors that will each cover one of the fields “basic science,” “translational science,” “genetics,” “epidemiology” within osteoarthritis, cartilage or related areas of joint biology.  If you are interested in serving in this role, please reach out to the Editor-in-Chief Henning Madry (please include a one-page summary of your philosophy concerning this role and a biosketch of not more than 2 pages comprising 5 key publications) at This is a paid position.

DEADLINE: January 5, 2022

Infographic for Policy Makers Competition

OARSI is collaborating with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) to develop an infographic for Policy Makers. Policy Makers play a critical, influential role in crafting and enacting rules, laws, regulations, delivering guidance documents, and directing public investment in research that positively affects the lives of people with OA. The purpose of the infographic should be to convince Policy Makers that investments in OA research improve quality of life and increase productivity. This infographic will complement our previous infographic competition winner that targeted funders, researchers, patients, and health professionals. The winning Infographic will be showcased on the OARSI Website, used in OARSI social media, and may be printed and distributed.  The winner(s) will receive complimentary World Congress registration.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2021

All infographic submissions should be sent to
More information here.

OARSI Live - December 15th Webinar Recording Now Available!

Did you miss the December 15th OARSI Live Webinar, The Importance and Implications of Mechanflammation in the Pathogenesis of OA presented by Dr. Tonia Vincent? If so, don't worry, you can view a recording of the webinar by clicking here.

OARSI Live January 19 Webinar 

In this webinar, we will discuss a recently published genome-wide association study, “Deciphering osteoarthritis genetics across 826,690 individuals from 9 populations” (DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2021.07.038). The study represents the largest GWAS to date, identifying new genetic variants in both weight-bearing (knee, hip, and spine) and non-weight-bearing joints (hand, finger, and thumb). We will discuss methods, possible clinical implications, and future directions. Bring your questions and thoughts for an engaging discussion!

Learn more here.

OARSI Launches New OA Joint Venture Micro-Learning Program

OARSI’s OA Joint Venture Micro-Learning program is an innovative and interactive educational program designed for healthcare professionals to strengthen their knowledge of osteoarthritis treatment and pain management. The program consists of five modules: 

  • The Burden of OA
  • OARSI 2019 Updated Treatment Guidelines
  • Addressing the Unmet Need in OA
  • Understanding the Challenges of OA Pain Therapies
  • OA Pain Management Along the Patient Journey.

Each module contains a  learning video followed by a brief quiz. Upon passing the quiz, participants will be issued a digital badge. This program is approved for 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits upon completion of all 5 modules. Visit the program website here. 

A special thanks to the OA Joint Venture Task Force for their dedication to the creation of this program. The Task Force includes: Corne Baatenburg de Jong, Leigh Callahan, Kerry Costello, Jeff Driban, Gillian Hawker, David Hunter, Anne-Marie Malfait, Tim McAlindon, Jason McDougall, Ali Mobasheri, Tuhina Neogi, Soren Skou, and David Andrew Walsh.

Please Pay Your 2022 Membership Dues

Thank you very much for your support of OARSI through your membership. It is now time to renew your dues for 2022. The World Congress on Osteoarthritis will be held on April 7-10, 2022 in Berlin, Germany. Watch for registration and program information coming soon. You may register and join OARSI at the same time when registration launches, but we encourage you to renew your dues NOW by CLICKING HERE.

Thank You to our 2021 Corporate Members!

Contact Dana Groves
Manager of Industry Relations
Download Our 2022 Sponsorship, Support & Exhibit Prospectus

Important Dates & Upcoming Deadlines

  • December 31, 2021 - Infographic for Policy Makers Competition Submission Deadline
  • January 5, 2022 - Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open Journal Application Deadline
  • January 19, 2022 - OARSI Live Webinar
  • January 31, 2022 - Call for Committee Volunteers Deadline
  • April 7 - 10, 2022 - OARSI World Congress in Berlin, Germany
  • Renew Membership Dues for 2022 - HERE

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