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Committee Members


The subcommittee will focus on increased student and young investigator interest and participation in OARSI in order to create new and strengthen existing research efforts, collaborations and mentorship opportunities in both clinical and basic science studies of osteoarthritis.


The Young Investigator Committee (YISC) was established in 2008 to encourage greater participation of young investigators in OARSI. Over the past years, the YISC has hosted several activities at the annual congress including a pre-congress workshop and lunchtime workshop. The establishment of the meet-the-mentor sessions, which provide a great opportunity for informal networking and scientific and career advice, is among its biggest success. The YISC actively and closely collaborates with the OARSI Board of Directors, Congress Program Committee and other Subcommittees to develop further activities and provide input into the annual congress program and strategic direction of OARSI. However, we want to become bigger and better, and provide greater means for Young Investigators to be involved with and mentored by OARSI.
The YISC is currently accepting applications for new members of the Young Investigators Committee for a 4-year term, starting at the upcoming 2017 OARSI Congress in Las Vegas.

Applications are open to highly motivated early to mid-career OARSI members and who are committed to attend the 2017-2021 OARSI meetings at their own expense.

Questions can be forwarded to the current YISC chair, Jeroen Geurts (

The application includes a motivation letter (PDF, no more than 2 pages, font size 12 listing: 

Your personal motivation for joining the YISC
Details of activities directed at Young Investigators that you would like OARSI to pursue actively
Details of new YI initiatives you would like develop
Your personal information & work experience  Please DO NOT send a CV.

The deadline for application is January 31, 2017. 
Click here to submit your application.




Kyle D. Allen, PhD

Jeroen Geurts
University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland

Research area: bone remodeling, stem cells and gene therapy



Katherine A. Boyer, PhD
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, Canada

Research area: Movement biomechanics in aging and osteoarthritis, pain and biomarkers.

Committee Members

Jamie Collins, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, MA

Research Area:  Biostatistics and epidemiology, outcomes research, health services research

Natalie Collins, PhD, M. Sports Physio, BPhty(Hons)
The University of Queensland
St. Lucia, Australia

Research area: Knee pain and osteoarthritis, non-surgical interventions (physiotherapy, foot orthoses), patient-reported outcome measures, gait biomechanics

Kerry Costello, MSc

Kerry Costello, MSc
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Research area: Knee osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis progression, gait biomechanics, physical activity levels

Joanna Sherwood, PhD
IEMM University Hospital Muenster
Muenster, Germany

Research area: Cartilage biology, cell signaling

Kyle D. Allen, PhD
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Research area: Rodent models of osteoarthritis and lumbar disc degerneration, gait kinematics and kinetics, inflammation, disability and pain

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