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OARSI Weekly Briefing - May 28, 2021

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May 28, 2021 Briefing-at-a-Glance
Board of Directors Nominations | 2021 Program Committee | Career CenterJoin a Discussion Group | OARSI Live Call for Presenters | OARSI Live | OARSI Membership | Important Dates | Weekly Briefing Archive


Board of Directors Call for Nominations

OARSI is now accepting applications for the Board of Directors for a 4-year term beginning in May 2022. The Board requires members whose backgrounds, skills, and experience match the OARSI mission and its current and future needs. Service on the OARSI board demands a considerable commitment of time and talent to advance the goals and objectives of the organization.

The Nominating Committee will review all applications and make a recommendation to the Board. The nominating committee seeks to maintain gender, geographical, and specialty balance. All OARSI members, except those employed by industry, or who own a for-profit company related to the OA field, are eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. 

If you are interested in applying for a board position, please complete the short application form. Once we receive it, you will be sent a user name and password in order to complete an online disclosure. The deadline for receipt is August 31, 2021.

To learn more about the process and submit an application, please click HERE.


Meet the 2021 OARSI Program Committee

This month we are highlighting the hard work and dedication of the 2021 Program Committee. The Committee was led by Congress Chair, Danny Chan and Abstract Chair, Martin van der Esch. The Program Committee was responsible for planning the recent Virtual OARSI World Congress. They selected the abstract categories, session topics, speakers and reviewed the pre-Congress workshops. The committee also reviewed and scored abstracts. This year’s Virtual Would Congress would not have been a success without the commitment of the entire Program Committee. Thank you to the entire committee for planning a great event! To view the entire 2021 Program Committee, please click HERE.

The 2022 Program Committee is currently being formed and will plan next year’s World Congress in Berlin.

Career Center

Do you need to fill a position or are you seeking a new employment opportunity? The OARSI Career Center is your resource if you need to fill a position or if you are searching for your next career opportunity in the area of osteoarthritis research. Click HERE to visit the Career Center.  


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)


OARSI Live Call for Presenters

The OARSI Live webinar series is currently on hiatus and will resume this fall. We are looking to schedule our fall program and are seeking webinar presenters. If you would like to present on an OARSI Live webinar, please contact Vincenzo Nelli with a brief summary of your proposed presentation.


OARSI Membership

During the COVID-19 pandemic, OARSI recognized the challenges that resulted from the pandemic. As a result, member dues were waived in 2020. 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.


OARSI Connect '21 Recordings

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.

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


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