OARSI is proud to announce that we are organizing a workshop at the Orthopedic Research Society meeting in Long Beach, CA on January 14, 2011. Osteoarthritis affects 46 million people in the United States alone and will become more prevalent with an aging population. The study and treatment of primary OA is limited by the late diagnosis of the disease and the lack of disease modifying drugs. This workshop will highlight OA as a disease that needs new approaches for successful diagnosis and eventually treatment. The workshop will focus on recent advances in OA that reflect the movement of field of diagnosis from radiological to pre-radiological (MRI and other imaging modalities) to molecular biomarkers. Joint trauma, which is gaining attention as a forerunner of OA, will also be a focus through a discussion of posttraumatic joint injury models as a potential for identifying mechanisms and therapeutics.
Our session, A New Look at Osteoarthritis is chaired by OARSI President, Linda Sandell, PhD and George Dodge, PhD. Talks include the Clinical Impact of Post-traumatic OA by Joseph A Buckwalter, MD, Imaging, what does it tell us about cartilage and joint stress in athletes?
by Leif Dahlberg, MD, and Molecular Biomarkers of OA: Fact or Fiction by Linda J Sandell, PhD.