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Committee Applications

OARSI is now accepting applications for new committee members with terms to begin after the Toronto Congress (May, 2019). If you are interested in applying for a committee please complete a very short application.  Use this link to complete a short application. 

                                          DEADLINE:  Feb. 1

Committee policies and descriptions are below.

Committee Policies and Descriptions

In order to improve transparency and encourage more member involvement the OARSI Board of Directors established a Governance Task Force.  The Task Force reviewed the current committee structure and made recommendations to the Board to improve transparency and encourage more members to get involved in OARSI.   The board approved the following recommendations:

Each committee will have up to 10 members with staggered 3-year terms
The chair of the committee may not be a board member, except for the nominating committee as prescribed in the bylaws (There may be certain exceptions from time to time)
Committee chairs select members of their committees from a pool of interested candidates and will consider geography, gender and expertise to ensure that each committee reflects the diversity of the OARSI membership
Each committee will have one board member to act as the Board liaison
The terms of reference for each committee will be posted on the website and revised every three years.
After the face to face committee meeting at the Congress each committee will submit plans for the upcoming year to the OARSI Board
Committee member names, pictures, area of expertise and personal statement will be added to the website.

Ethics
The Ethics Committee ensures that all OARSI activities meet the highest ethical standards of the Society. They review disclosures from the board, board nominees, committee and initiative participants and makes recommendations to the board and enforces the OARSI Code of Ethics. The Ethics committee will also be responsible for reviewing OARSI’s governance policies (bylaws, committee mandates) and make recommendations to the board.

Strategic Alliances
The Strategic Alliance Committee will identify societies, foundations, groups and industry partners that have an interest in OA and related research and establish mutually beneficial interactions.  The goal is to raise awareness and educate groups about osteoarthritis.  Interactions may include formal partnerships, joint meetings and workshops. This committee will also be responsible to review requests for initiatives and projects that come to OARSI.

Communications
The goal of the communications committee is to improve OARSI visibility through communication vehicles including the website, newsletter and social media. The committee will focus on improving the website and social media presence and review selected articles for the bi-monthly newsletter.

Research and Training
The Research and Training committee establishes scholarship criteria, reviews applications and selects scholarship winners.  The committee will review existing OARSI research tools on the website and recommend updates, review OA research gaps and future directions for OA position papers.

Publications
The Publications Committee oversees the editorial office of OARSI and the relationship with the publisher of the journals.  This committee evaluates the publisher and negotiates new or renewal publisher and editor contracts, provides advice to the editors and discusses issues related to the journals.

Finance
The role of this committee is to advise the board on actions needed maintain OARSI’s solvency.  The committee works closely with the OARSI Treasurer and Industry relations staff member to identify approaches to new sources of funding and sponsorship, assess how to monetize OARSI activities.

Young Investigator
The Young Investigator Committee is limited to those OARSI members age 40 and younger.  The goal of the committee is to increase student and young investigator interest and participation in OARSI in order to foster new and strengthen existing research efforts, collaborations and mentorship opportunities in both clinical and basic science studies of osteoarthritis. The committee plans workshops and mentorship sessions at the OARSI World Congress and maintains YI Twitter and Facebook accounts

Asian Alliances (formerly Asian Task Force)
The goal of the Asian Alliances Committee is to establish collaborations with local societies to plan scientific and educational programming in Asia.  The committee will also develop an OARSI slide deck and translate the guidelines and white paper to various Asian languages. 

Congress Program
The Program Committee plans the annual OARSI Congress. They select the abstract categories, session topics, speakers and review the pre-Congress workshops. They also review and score abstracts.

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