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OARSI Weekly Briefing - November 26, 2021

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November 26, 2021 Briefing-at-a-Glance
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OARSI Live is Back! Wednesday, December 15 at 9:00 am ET

By popular demand, the OARSI Live webinar series will be returning next month. The OARSI Engagement Committee has created an exciting program of monthly presentations, including keynote speakers, journal clubs, and OARSI Discussion Group forums. OARSI Live webinars will typically be scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month and are offered free for OARSI members. Session recordings will be made available on the OARSI website.

The next OARSI Live will be held on Wednesday, December 15 at 9:00 am ET. Tonia Vincent, MD, PhD, will present The importance and implications of mechanoflammation in the pathogenesis of OA. Dr. Vincent is a Consultant Rheumatologist and Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology at the University of Oxford, where she directs the Centre for OA Pathogenesis.

To register and for more information, please click HERE


Webinar: Consensus Methods: The Past, Present, and Maybe the Future

The OARSI OA Prevention Related to Sports, Exercise, and Physical Activity Discussion Group is hosting a webinar on Thursday, December 9 at 3:00 pm ET. During this webinar, the three presenters will:

Address the current recommended best evidence and procedures for consensus.
Discuss direct experience with various consensus approaches.
Tips and tricks for undertaking a consensus project; and insights into the future of this field.

To register and for more information, please click HERE

Member Spotlight: Martin Englund

This week's OARSI Member Spotlight is Board of Directors Treasurer, Martin Englund.

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

Since my first OARSI World Congress in 2003 (Berlin). This was my first international scientific meeting and I was a Ph.D. student. We had loads of fun!

What do you enjoy most about OARSI?

Of course, the highlight is the OARSI World Congress in Berlin! It’s an opportunity to get the latest scientific updates, make new friends, and meet old friends. It is a great way to connect to researchers from all around the world! 

Tell us a little bit about your research?

I have a background in clinical imaging and epidemiologic research on mainly knee OA risk factors. However, during my 25 years in the field my portfolio has expanded to also involve population-based register research, experimental (ex vivo) imaging techniques, and molecular aspects of OA (mainly proteomics).

What are you most excited about for OARSI in 2022?

Fingers crossed for an improved situation considering the ongoing pandemic to facilitate a well attended World Congress in Berlin. For me, it will be going back to the city it all began in 2003. OARSI has evolved a lot since then. I look forward to seeing a lot of Young Investigators there discovering the opportunities the OARSI community has to offer, including making new friends for life.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Outdoor activities such as hiking and other excursions with family including our lovely flat-coated retriever (now 10 months old).

Beware of Fraudulent Conferences

We are seeing an increasing number of incidences of fake societies claiming to be looking for studies to include in journals and promoting fraudulent conferences.  Individuals can be deceived into thinking that they are paying to register for a conference that doesn't exist. Many of the bogus conferences are related to osteoarthritis. 

Some telltale signs to watch out for include email messages that include excessive use of punctuation, awkward language (including the words greetings, groovy and excellent in the first sentence) and a questionable reply to email address.  Please be mindful and cautious of responding to requests from organizations that are unfamiliar to you.

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