OARSI Weekly Briefing - October 6, 2023



Rehab Discussion Group Announces Journal Club Session


The OARSI Rehabilitation Discussion Group is hosting a Journal Club session.

Title: Have we oversold the benefits of Exercise? A critical look at the evidence.

Topic: Discuss findings and implications of Mel Holden’s recent publication, ‘Holden MA, Hattle M, Runhaar J, et al. Moderators of the effect of therapeutic exercise for knee and hip osteoarthritis: a systematic review and individual participant data meta-analysis. Lancet 2023; published online June 12. 

Date: Monday, October 9, 2023, 3:00-4:00 pm EDT 


Mel Holden: Professor in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation at Keele University

Martin Englund: Professor in Orthopedics and Epidemiology for Health at Lund University

David Hunter: Professor at the University of Sydney 

Miriam Hattle: Lecturer in Biostatistics at Keele University

Visit the Rehab Discussion Group webpage for details including meeting link information.


Interested in Joining an OARSI Discussion Group?


OARSI Discussion Groups bring together individuals with a focus on specific OA-related specialty areas. OARSI members may sign up to participate in discussion groups as a member benefit. For information and a list of the Discussion Groups, click HERE.

The OARSI Board of Directors recently approved the addition of 3 new Discussion Groups: Gait Biomechanics, Multimorbidity, and Regenerative Medicine in OA. Visit the Discussion Group page to see details about each Discussion Group and link to the form to sign up.

To sign up for discussion groups, please follow these steps:

Login to oarsi.org using your member id and password (click the LOGIN link in the top right menu). LOGIN now becomes MY DASHBOARD. Click it. From the Dashboard, click the My Demographics link. Scroll down to “Which Discussion Groups would you like to join?” Check the appropriate box(es). Scroll to the bottom and click UPDATE to save your preferences. Questions, please contact info@oarsi.org.


Registration is Open for November 1 OARSI Live Webinar


Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 8:00am-9:00am ET

Title: Obesity and Osteoarthritis Research: Bridging Bench to Bedside

Session Description: 

Obesity is a complex but highly relevant topic in osteoarthritis (OA) research. Multiple areas of exploration are ongoing to disentangle and understand the relevance of adipose-related inflammation and mechanical stress on OA risk, progression, and treatment. This webinar will explore aspects of bench to bedside research in this sphere, and highlight considerations to bridge knowledge translation efforts and ensure that our understanding and approaches to improve health outcomes for individuals with or at risk for OA continues to advance in the next decade.


Kelsey Collins, PhD, Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, USA

Lisa Carlesso, PhD, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Canada

Kristine Godziuk, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Division of Human Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta

Moderator:  Kristine Godziuk

Registration is free for OARSI members.




Member Update: EsSKOA Initiative Report 


The Early-stage Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis (EsSKOA) Initiative has provided a status report on the OARSI Initiative to develop Classification Criteria for Early-stage Symptomatic Knee OA. You may view it here.



In Search of Scholarship Hosts 

    As part of its travel scholarship program, OARSI is looking to expand its list of scholarship host institutions. If your institution is willing and able to host visiting students/fellows, please visit the Scholarship Program page HERE, then click the link to complete and submit the host application form.



Call for Abstracts Open NOW! 


The Osteoarthritis Research Society International invites you to submit your research for an in-person podium or poster presentation at the 2024 OARSI World Congress on Osteoarthritis to be held in Vienna, Austria. The submission period will close on November 30, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. ET



Interested in learning how you can reach our audience and become a World Congress Sponsor, Supporter, or Exhibitor?


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