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OARSI Weekly Briefing - October 15, 2021

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October 15, 2021 Briefing-at-a-Glance
Submit Your Abstracts | OARSI CTS Infographic Competition | Member Spotlight | Become a Sponsor, Supporter, or Exhibitor | Important Dates | Weekly Briefing Archive


Submit Your Abstracts

The Osteoarthritis Research Society International invites you to submit your research for an in person or virtual oral or poster presentation at the 2022 World Congress to be held in Berlin, Germany. The submission period will close on November 12, 2021. Click HERE to read additional information on the submission process and to ensure your abstract is submitted to the appropriate category.



2021 Clinical Trials Symposium
October 20, 2021

The OARSI Clinical Trials Symposium is scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th at 9 am EST. This symposium is envisioned as a debate continuing the discussions held with OARSI, the FDA, and the Arthritis Foundation (AF) in June of 2021. The debate “How can we design clinical trials for regulatory approval in OA” will feature OARSI members and individuals from the FDA. For the agenda and more information click here.


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Infographic Competition - Infographic for Policy Makers

OARSI would like 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. For more information, please click HERE.


Member Spotlight: John Loughlin

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will spotlight past OARSI presidents. This week's Member Spotlight is 2015-2017 OARSI President, John Loughlin.

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

17 years. Initially to attend one of the annual congresses. I enjoyed it so much I renewed my membership and have stayed a member ever since.

What do you enjoy most about OARSI?

The interactions with smart people who are passionate about research and the disease. Ideas flow, and if you’re on the right track, the ideas get better, and if on the wrong track, someone will always politely put you right. It’s an informal but highly engaged society that is very welcoming and collaborative.

Tell us a little bit about your research?

I and my team focus on the genetic and epigenetic aspects of OA. We’re lab-based discovery scientists with a keen eye on the translational potential of what we and others are discovering.

What was the biggest impact you made as OARSI President?

We were in a financial pickle at the time and resolving that became a key part of my presidency. I was supported by an excellent board, a problem-solving executive director, Diann Stern, and a creative and determined fiscal lead in Steve Messier, who took no prisoners. We managed to steady the ship and move back into an annual surplus. All is good now!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’m very keen on playing and watching football (soccer to those who should know better), hiking in the hills and ‘mountains’ of the UK, and reading, including politics, which I love and loathe in equal measure.


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Important Dates & Upcoming Deadlines

  • October 20, 2021 - OARSI Clinical Trials Symposium
  • November 12, 2021 - Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 2021 Membership Dues: Be sure to renew your OARSI dues. Renew.
  • April 7 - 10, 2022 - OARSI World Congress in Berlin, Germany

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