2020 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. Sign up to attend a discussion group during registration.

All 2020 Discussion Group Meetings will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Imaging Discussion Group

Objectives:

  • Provide a forum to review State-of-the-Art imaging technologies and their clinical application
  • Present novel research
  • Allow discussion to identify gaps in research, clinical translation, and education
  • Compose review articles, white papers and position statements
  • Provide an expert forum that may be used during the approval process of imaging biomarkers by regulatory agencies
International Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis Consortium Discussion Group

Objectives:

  • To organize research priorities to maximize progress and impact of scientific studies to advance our understanding of foot and ankle OA epidemiology, etiology, prevention and effective management.
  • To compile current and progressive evidence to develop a clear global definition foot and ankle OA to enable us to answer important epidemiological questions, assess the burden of disease and progress to intervention trials.
  • To agree upon a core set of outcomes that all principal investigators use to assess foot pain and foot and ankle OA.
  • To make recommendations for research priorities in foot and ankle OA, with the intention of ongoing dissemination in future OARSI conferences, contribution to guidline development and / or consensus statements.
  • To prioritise the development and evaluation of effective treatments to improve the lives of people with foot and ankle OA.
International Hand Osteoarthritis Consortium Discussion Group

Objectives:

  • Create a consortium of clinicians and health-care professionals, scientists, and other key stakeholders whom share a specialist interest in hand OA
  • Provide a knowledgeable environment to discuss current key issues in hand OA research
  • Discuss criteria used to define and classify symptomatic and radiographic hand OA in a research setting
International Osteoarthritis Management Programs: Joint Effort Initiative Discussion Group

Objectives:

The ‘Joint Effort’ Initiative Discussion Group was officially endorsed by OARSI in 2018, and the first official Discussion Group meeting held at OARSI 2019. The Initiative seeks to provide a structure whereby activity related to the implementation of OAMPs may be harmonised, particularly around optimising the quality and delivery of care, health professional training, fostering international research collaborations, and minimising duplication of effort and resources. The Initiative's mission is to investigate the most effective OAMP models to use, develop long-term strategies for effective implementation in different socioeconomic and cultural environments while ensuring the health professional workforce is appropriately skilled to deliver high-quality care and to help identify research priorities to facilitate best-practice care.

Osteoarthritis Prevention related to Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity (OA Prevention SEPA) Discussion Group

Objectives:

To create collaborative opportunities for researchers, research trainees, clinicians, and other stakeholders (e.g., advocacy groups, patients) in the area of injury and OA prevention (e.g., multicentre studies, development of recommendations, consensus development) with a focus on sport, exercise, and physical activity.
To promote greater attendance and participation of researchers, research trainees, clinicians, and other stakeholders interested in sport, exercise, physical activity, injury prevention and OA prevention at OARSI World Congress.
To promote opportunities to raise the bar internationally in research in OA prevention related to sport, exercise, and physical activity.

Osteoarthritis Rehabilitation Discussion Group

Objectives:

  • Provide a forum for communication, networking, information sharing, discussion and collaboration for osteoarthritis (OA) researchers working in the field of OA rehabilitation
  • Facilitate the development and implementation of high quality research in OA rehabilitation
  • Contribute to mentoring of early career researchers in the OA rehabilitation area to increase research capacity
  • Undertake initiatives and activities to advance the OA rehabilitation research field
Pain in Osteoarthritis Discussion Group

There is still a great disconnect between preclinical research into the neurobiological mechanisms of pain and effective new therapeutics in the clinic. Given the differences in how pain is evaluated and studied in animal models and humans, can a multidisciplinary approach to OA pain be used to improve the understanding of OA pain mechanisms applicable to humans? To address this question, this discussion group will include short talks and panelists from preclinical and clinical backgrounds to lead discussions on the following topics.

  • To distinguish possible differences in OA pain aetiology, structural pathology, and patient phenotypes to formulate appropriate treatment plans.
  • To identify steps for improving the evaluation of promising preclinical therapies in animal models for translation to clinical trials.
Spinal Osteoarthritis Discussion Group

Objectives:

  • Present the main discussion outcomes of the 2019 international workshops on the topic (OARSI 2019 and LBP Forum 2019)
  • Present main outcomes of Delphi exercise on the definition of spinal OA for research and clinical practice purposes
  • Decide on the next steps into implementing these outcomes in research and clinical practice.