Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to welcome you to the 2018 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress in Liverpool, UK.

The annual OARSI Congress is a global forum for those involved in OA research and treatment from academia and industry; including basic scientists, clinical investigators, radiologists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, allied health professionals and policy makers. In keeping with the multidisciplinary international membership of OARSI, this meeting will feature a worldwide selection of expert speakers from academia and industry.

Highlights of the 2018 program include plenary sessions on “The OARSI White Paper Explained,” “Non-Cartilaginous Soft Tissues in Osteoarthritis,” and “Growth Factors in OA: Opportunities for Intervention.”  Our annual debate will be “Chondrocytes: Better Dead or Alive?”   Breakfast workshops will allow attendees to meet and speak with experts in specific areas of basic or clinical science. Topics to be covered in these workshops include “Recent lessons from OA Imaging”, “Precision Medicine, Big Data and Machine Learning”, “In Vitro Models to Study Chondrocytes and Cartilage”, and “OA: Don’t Forget About the Foot” among others.  Three pre-meeting workshops will be offered including “Lessons from Rare Diseases in Bone & Cartilage” jointly presented by the OARSI Young Investigators Committee and the Bone Research Society, “Update on Osteoarthritis Management Programs” presented by an international panel led by David Hunter of the University of Sydney, and the “KNEEMO Initial Training Network for Knee Osteoarthritis” which will present results from its 4-year investigation of knee OA biomechanics and epidemiology. 

To increase the exposure of our younger members to the depth and breadth of research presented at OARSI and offer more networking opportunities, we will offer OARSI breakfast poster tours introduced last year. OARSI 2018 is also a great opportunity for young investigators to receive mentorship through the ‘Meet the professor’ session, to discuss their ideas, hopes and ambitions with leaders in diverse fields of research.

Attending this meeting will allow you the opportunity to join a global network of individuals from a broad range of disciplines, all working toward a better understanding of OA with the goal to prevent, treat or cure the disease. So please join us at the OARSI World Congress 2018 in Liverpool. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Carla Scanzello, MD PhD
Congress Chair

Tuhina Neogi, MD PhD
Abstract Chair

Jeffrey Katz, MD, MS
OARSI President