Welcome

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to welcome you to the 2019 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress in Toronto, Canada.

The annual OARSI Congress is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary global forum for all those interested in cutting edge OA research from academia and industry around the world, including basic and clinical research scientists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, radiologists, physiatrists, physical therapists and other allied health professionals, methodologists, and policy makers.

Highlights of the 2019 program include inter-disciplinary plenary sessions on Machine Learning, Mechanotransduction Pathways, and the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain. Dr. Clifford Rosen will deliver the opening night Keynote Lecture on Pathogenic Mechanisms of Obesity-Induced Osteoarthritis: New Clues from Old Joints. OA of joints other than the knee and hip will be highlighted in a Concurrent session on the foot and ankle, as well as a Pre-Congress Workshop on the spine. Another Pre-Congress workshop will highlight prevention of post-traumatic OA in sport and the military. Interact with experts in specific areas of basic and clinical science through ticketed breakfast workshops. Topics include “Joint-on-a-chip” technologies, Patient preferences, Imaging, Gait Analysis, Network Meta-Analysis, and OA Pathogenesis for Beginners.  We will also present highlights from the upcoming OARSI Treatment Guidelines. As in previous years, there will be sessions featuring the highest rated young investigator abstracts, the great debate, and the year-in-review, as well as poster tours led by experts in the field. The Young Investigator Committee will again host the popular Mentorship Session.

New this year, we are adding to our existing Congress awards programs that include travel scholarships, Young Investigator highest rated abstracts, Clinical Science Award, Basic Science Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award. We are launching a new awards program to recognize the highest rated abstracts in 12 broad categories, regardless of stage of career. Details are provided in the abstract submission instructions.

Attend this meeting to join a global network of individuals from a broad range of disciplines, all working toward a better understanding of OA with the goals of preventing, managing and curing the disease through state-of-the-art research to improve the lives of the >300 million worldwide with OA! We look forward to seeing you and learning from each other during OARSI 2019 in Toronto!

Tuhina Neogi, MD PhD
Congress Chair

Ingrid Meulenbelt, PhD
Abstract Chair

Jeffrey Katz, MD, MS
OARSI President