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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.

Name Country End of Term
Magali Cuccchiarini, Chair Germany  April 2020
Anne Marie Malfait USA April 2019

Jeff Duryea

USA April 2020
John Loughlin United Kingdom April 2019
Tim McAlindon USA April 2020

Sita Bierma Zeinstra

Netherlands April 2020
Stefan Lohmander Sweden April 2020


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.

  Country End of term
Jos Runhaar, Chair Netherlands April 2019
Jolanda Cibere Canada April 2020
Michael Hunt Canada April 2020
Mohit Kapoor Canada April 2020
Margareet Kloppenburg Netherlands April 2020
Austine LaTourte France April 2020
Micheal Nevitt USA April 2020
Shinsuke Ohba Japan April 2020
Sara Snelling United Kingdom April 2020
Martin van der Esch Netherlands April 2019
Alicia Zbehlik USA April 2020

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.

Name Country End of term
Joanna Sherwood, Chair Germany April 2020
Kathering Boyer USA April 2019
Jamie Collins USA April 2020
Kerry Costello USA  
Harvi Hart Australia April 2021
Martin van den Bosch Netherlands April 2021
Michelle Yau USA April 2021
Zehu Huang China April 2021
Anusha Ratneswaran Canada April 2022
Dawn Aitken Australia April 2022


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.

Name Country End of term
Rita Kandel, Chair Canada April 2020
Peter van der Kraan Netherlands April 2019
Gun il Im China April 2019
Michelle Dowsey Australia April 2019
Rik Lories Belgium April 2020
Domink Haudenschild USA April 2020
Elena Losina USA April 2020
Joel Block USA  
Jason McDougall Canada April 2021
Felix Eckstein Austria April 2021
Martijn van den Bosch Netherlands April 2021


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.

Name Country End of term
Richard Barrett Jolly, Chair United Kingdom April 2019
Qiang Liu China April 2021
Andreea Ioan Netherlands  
Goncalo Barreto Switzerland April 2019
Joshua Stefanik USA April 2019
Benny Antony Australia April 2019
Eeva Moilanen Finland April 2019
Chris Little Australia April 2019
Michelle Hall Australia April 2020
Yoann Dessery Canada April 2020
Victoria Kolupaeva USA April 2020
Natalie Collins Australia April 2020
Qiang Liu China April 2021
Andreea Ioan Netherlands  


Strategic Alliance

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.

Name Country End of term
Gillian Hawker, Chair Canada April 2020
Martin Michaelis Germany April 2021
Anne Christine Bay Jensen Denmark April 2021
Jianhao Lin China April 2020
Muneaki Ishijima Japan April 2020
Lynn Snyder Mackler USA April 2020
Tom Andriachi   April 2020
Jeymi Tambiah-Samumed USA April 2020
Leigh Callahan USA April 2020
Ingrid Lether Netherlands April 2020
Jeff Driban USA April 2021


Finance Committee

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.

Name Country End of term
Steve Messier, Chair USA April 2019
Martin Englund Sweden April 2019
Dan White USA April 2019
Mona Ginzberg   April 2020
Ida Haugen Norway April 2020
Raghunatha Yammani USA April 2020
Tuhina Neogi USA April 2019
Ali Mobasheri United Kingdom April 2019


Program Committee 2019

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.

Name Country  End of term
Tuhina Neogi, Program Chair USA  
Ingrid Meulenbelt, Abstract Chair Netherlands  
Ali Mobasheri United Kingdom  
Morgan Jones USA  
Regis O'keefe USA  
Danny Chan China  
George Bou-Gharios United Kingdom  
Jin Hong Kim Korea  
Carolyn Emery Canada  
Cosimo DeBari United Kingdom  
Thomas Link USA  
Rachel Miller USA  
Robin Christensen Denmark  
Katherine Boyer USA  
Simo Saarkala    
Frank Zaucke Germany  
Deepak Kumar USA  
Martin van der Esch




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