Plenary Session 6

Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, 2020 - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
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OA Clinical; Epidemiology and Therapy
George Peat, Keele University
To highlight important findings from epidemiologic and clinical research on osteoarthritis published within the past 12 months.

Felix Eckstein, MD, Department of Imaging and Functional Musculoskeletal Research” at the “Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology” at Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg, Austria.
Imaging permits one to take a direct view at the involvement of tissue structure in the patho-physiology of osteoarthritis. This session will highlight key papers in the literature published in the past year, and will try to integrate the current state of the art and future directions in osteoarthritis imaging.

Rehabilitation & Outcomes
Jackie Whittaker, PT, PhD University of Alberta
This session will highlight key contributions to the literature in the past year evaluating rehabilitation for people with osteoarthritis. By emphasizing findings of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trails this will synthesize  findings focused on core recommended treatments for osteoarthritis including exercise, education, biomechanical interventions and weight loss. 

Mechanics in OA
​Janie Wilson, McMaster University
Mechanical loading is an integral part of joint health, and abnormal joint biomechanics have been implicated in the development and progression of osteoarthritis. Human biomechanics provide insight into the variable loading environment of a joint during movement tasks such as walking. Such studies can be used to understand how changes in the mechanical environment can precipitate or progress osteoarthritis. They are also used to understand how osteoarthritis changes the local mechanical environment of the joint, and how individuals respond to conservative and surgical treatments. This session will provide an overview of new findings in the role of joint level mechanics in the development, progression and treatment of osteoarthritis.

Virginia Byers Kraus, MD, PhD, Duke University
This talk will focus on novel and breakthrough studies in 2019 - early 2020 related to soluble biomarkers in osteoarthritis.

Genetics, Genomics, Epigenetics
Mohit Kapoor, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network
This talk will provide a brief overview of the most prominent Genetics, Genomics and Epigenetic studies published in the field of osteoarthritis in last 12 months.

OA Biology
Martijn van den Bosch, PhD Radboud University Medical Center
In this session I will provide a review of research highlights from recent original research articles published on the biology of osteoarthritis.