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OARSI Weekly Briefing - May 21, 2021

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May 21, 2021 Briefing-at-a-Glance
Membership Renewal | Board of Directors Nominations | OARSI Connect '21 Recordings | Join a Discussion Group | Ethics and Governance Committee | New OARSI Meeting Manager | OARSI Live | Important Dates | Osteoarthritis Management Programs Delphi Survey | Weekly Briefing Archive


Have You Renewed Your 2021 OARSI Membership?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, OARSI recognized the challenges that resulted from the pandemic. As a result, we provided free memberships to our valued members. In addition, we created free educational opportunities in the form of a webinar series. Now more than ever, OARSI needs your support to continue making OARSI the premier international research organization for scientists and health care professionals focused on the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis. If you have not renewed your membership, we ask that you do so as soon as possible. By renewing your OARSI membership you will continue to receive both OARSI journals and all of the other great membership benefits. To join, please click HERE.


Board of Directors Call for Nominations

Next week, a call for Nominations to the OARSI Board of Directors will be distributed to all OARSI members.  The deadline for Board nominations is August 31, 2021.  Further information will be provided next week and may be found on the OARSI website

OARSI Connect '21 Recorded Content

Did you know that all of the recorded sessions from OARSI Connect ‘21 are available to registered attendees through April 2022!? If you missed a session because you attended another session or it occurred at a time that was inconvenient for you, you can view it by logging into the virtual meeting website. Just navigate to the Agenda page and select the session(s) you want to view.

If you missed OARSI Connect ‘21, you can still register and have access to the recordings. It simple, just register HERE.


Join a Discussion Group

OARSI's Discussion Groups bring together individuals with a focus on specific OA-related specialty areas. To make the Discussion Groups easier to join we have updated our database. Now OARSI members can log in to their profile and select the Discussion Group(s) that they would like to join. By updating your profile with your Discussion Group preferences, we will be able to send targeted emails to each Discussion Group and maintain an official roster for each group. To update your profile, follow these steps.

  • Log in to
  • Click on the menu button in the top left of the screen
  • Select ‘My Profile’
  • Select ‘Edit'
  • Select the ‘My Account’ tab
  • Scroll to Discussion Groups and select your group(s)


Meet the OARSI Ethics and Governance Committee

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

Ethics and Governance Committee Chair - Sita Bierma-Zeinstra
Professor Sita Bierma-Zeinstra is leading the Osteoarthritis Research Group at the Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC, is head of clinical research at the Orthopedic Department, Erasmus MC, and supervises a group of 30 researchers. All research projects are related to osteoarthritis and consist mainly of large-scale randomized clinical trials and prospective cohort studies. She is also heading the international OA Trial Bank that performs meta-analysis with individual trial data to identify osteoarthritis subgroups with better effect of certain treatments. Sita Bierma-Zeinstra published widely (> 450 peer-reviewed publications listed in pubmed) in the area of osteoarthritis and related disorders. In 2015 she received the OARSI Clinical Research Award.


Introducing OARSI Meeting Manager - Ashton Hald

Please help us welcome OARSI's new Meeting Manager, Ashton Hald to the team.

Ashton has been in the meeting and event management industry for 15 years planning meetings in the scientific and not-for-profit environments. Before Association Headquarters, Ashton worked for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) where she was part of a team managing more than forty 250-500 person meetings and a 15,000-person citywide conference annually.  She joined AH in 2016 and has been the meeting manager for the National Air Duct Cleaners Association, a global trade association. She holds the Certified Meeting Professional and Digital Event Strategist designation. Most recently she has been extremely involved in educating and speaking to meetings and events industry professionals on the topic of "Returning to In-Person Meetings" and holding in-person events as we begin to slowly emerge from a year that has put a dramatic halt to in-person meetings and events. 


OARSI Live Webinar Recordings and Call for Presenters

From January through mid-April, OARSI hosted a weekly webinar series. The webinars were held on Wednesday mornings at 9 am ET. The series is currently on hiatus until the early fall, but the recordings of the webinars are available to view HERE.

If you would like to present on an OARSI Live webinar, please contact Vincenzo Nelli with a summary of your proposed presentation.

Important Dates & Upcoming Deadlines

  • 2021 Membership Dues: Be sure to renew your OARSI dues. Renew Now.
  • August 31, 2021 - Call for Board of Director Nominations Deadline
  • April 6 - 10, 2022 - OARSI World Congress in Berlin, Germany

Delphi Survey

What measures are most important for evaluating Osteoarthritis Management Programs?  If you are a clinician or researcher, we are seeking your input. Click HERE to participate in our survey and research study.


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