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OARSI Weekly Briefing - January 7, 2022

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January 7, 2022 Briefing-at-a-Glance
 Member Survey | Call for Committee Volunteers | Member Spotlight: Martin van der Esch | OARSI Rehabilitation Discussion Group PaperOARSI 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

Member Spotlight: Martin van der Esch

This week's member spotlight is 2022 OARSI Program Chair, Martin van der Esch. 

How long have you been a member of OARSI and why did you join? 

I don't remember exactly when I became a member but that was already around 2012. Then I began to focus emphatically on problems related to osteoarthritis. The focus was primarily on epidemiology and on biomechanical abnormalities of the knee. More specifically the instability of the knee joint. 

What do you enjoy most about OARSI?

OARSI feels like a family. There is support, criticism and debate: in short, a great family to hang out with.

Tell us a little bit about your research?

My research still focuses on epidemiological issues, but has a special interest in biomechanics and non-pharmacological interventions.

What are you most excited about for OARSI in 2022?

Not surprisingly, the tension is whether we will meet again in Berlin after so much time in lockdowns and restrictions. However, the program is also exciting because we will pay a lot of attention to (digital) technology in the OA research.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my spare time I try to stay in physical condition by cycling a lot (typically Dutch) and skating a lot in winter (even more typically Dutch). I also love music, like Adele’s last show: fantastic!

OARSI Rehabilitation Discussion Group Paper of the Year for Early Career Investigators

The OARSI Rehabilitation Discussion Group is pleased to announce that applications are open for their Paper of the Year Award for Early Career Investigators. The award seeks to recognize the outstanding achievements of Members of our Discussion Group who have aimed to improve the lives of people with osteoarthritis through scientific investigation of rehabilitation. Papers published during the 2021 calendar year are eligible. More details and application instructions can be found 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 - 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.

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.

2022 Sponsors & Exhibitors 

2022 Industry Partners

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Important Dates & Upcoming Deadlines

  • 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

Past OARSI Weekly Briefings

Featured Resources

OARSI White Paper- OA as a Serious Disease

By Various

Patient Summary- Non Surgical Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis

By Multiple Authors