Discussion Groups NEW in 2019

OARSI Discussion Groups:

OARSI Discussion Groups are being introduced to bring together clinicians, scientists and other health professionals who share a common interest in various aspects of osteoarthritis research. Discussion group meetings are free to attend but require additional registration.  Please select the discussion group meeting that you want to attend on the registration form.  

Sport, Exercise, Physical Activity and Osteoarthritis Prevention Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
The goal of the group is to build international research and knowledge translation capacity in injury prevention to reduce OA risk related to sport, exercise, and physical activity and to inform best practice in osteoarthritis prevention related to sport, exercise, and physical activity including prevention of OA (including preventing OA onset and progression). We will discuss how to reduce the public health impact of joint injury and OA through injury and OA prevention research and knowledge translation activities with a focus on sport, exercise, and physical activity.

Imaging Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The OARSI Imaging Discussion Group was initiated at the 2018 Liverpool OARSI meeting to create an inclusive group of clinicians, radiologists, imaging researchers and industry representatives with expertise in all imaging technologies and evaluation techniques. The goal and mission of the group is to represent imaging related issues, research and new developments at OARSI. This includes providing a forum to review State-of-the-Art imaging technologies and their clinical application, presenting novel research,  identifying gaps in research, clinical translation, and education, composing review articles, white papers and position statements, providing an expert forum that may be used during the approval process of imaging biomarkers by regulatory agencies and building strong collaborations between groups with complementary expertise.

International Foot and Ankle OA Consortium Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Our vision focuses on bringing together a network of clinicians, scientists and other health professionals/key stakeholders (eg. Arthritis Research UK CSEOA) who share a common interest in foot and ankle. Our primary aim will be to drive the research agenda related to OA setting research priorities in foot and ankle OA to maximize progress and impact that will ultimately improve outcomes for people with OA. A secondary aim is that the foot and ankle could also be viewed as an untapped ‘case study’ into OA research, that if given more focused and collaborative attention internationally may provide some additional insights into the aetiopathogenesis of OA in general.

OA Phenotype Research Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
This discussion group will involve participants interested in advancing research area of potential OA phenotypes. We will discuss data on potential OA phenotypes and the recently developed framework for OA phenotype research, endorsed by OARSI.  We will also discuss ongoing research and initiatives and  provide a forum for new initiatives to further advance the field.

Pain Mechanisms in OA: Basic and Clinical Research

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Increasing knowledge of pain mechanisms, mediators and pathways during recent years has led to the development of numerous new therapeutics, some of which are now in final stages of clinical development.  Nevertheless, there remain unanswered questions and conflicting data regarding the roles of the peripheral and central nervous system in the development and maintenance of OA pain.  This discussion session will focus on presenting studies that will address pain mechanisms, approaches to modulation of pain pathways and data from recent clinical studies.

Rehabilitation Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Our broad aim is to bring together a network of researchers and clinicians who share a common interest in the field of rehabilitation for people with OA, with a focus on exercise therapy and physical activity.  Specifically we aim to provide a forum for communication, networking, information sharing, discussion and collaboration for OA researchers working in the rehabilitation field and to undertake initiatives and activities to advance OA rehabilitation research. In addition we will discuss mentoring of early career researchers in the rehabilitation field to increase research capacity.

International Osteoarthritis Management Programs aka “Joint Effort” Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
The focus of this group is to provide a forum for persons engaged in osteoarthritis management programs to come together and collaborate.  Our major foci are to ascertain the core competencies of health professionals managing osteoarthritis, to develop educational resources to support that need, to develop consumer resources and to encourage standardized outcome measurement in clinical practice. The focus of this years’ discussion will be on providing an update on core capabilities and research collaboration efforts to harmonize outcomes and combine international data to investigate the comparative effectiveness of OA management program service delivery models for people presenting with different clinical characteristics.

Bridging Disciplines: A Pathway to Finding Solutions for Osteoarthritis Discussion Group Meeting

Date/Time: Sunday, May 5, 2019 - 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
This session, in collaboration with the Orthopaedic Research Society, will explore osteoarthritis as a complex heterogeneous disease involving multiple organ systems and connective tissues that interact through elements of biology, mechanics and structure. The session is organized to stimulate discussion and raise awareness of the need for new multidisciplinary approaches for seeking solutions to OA.

Discussion will be an important part of this session and will be generated from topics solicited in advance from the OA research community that address the topic of future direction for OA research.