OARSI Pre-Congress Workshop

Reducing the Burden of Osteoarthritis through Prevention | Chaired by: Carolyn Emery, PT, PhD, Nigel Arden, MBBS, FRCP, MSc, MD and John Loughlin, PhD

Timeslot: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm


The public health burden of osteoarthritis is well established. While osteoarthritis increases with aging, there are multiple modifiable risk factors (e.g., injuries, obesity, mechanical loading) that contribute to an escalating incidence of OA. This symposium will provide an evidence-based perspective that will inform best-practice to prevent osteoarthritis (primary prevention) and delay progression of osteoarthritis (secondary prevention) in this population. The proposed speakers will include representatives from internationally recognized research teams and will cross the spectrum of basic science, clinical and population health research.

Workshop Schedule

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM        Introduction

8:10 AM - 8:30 AM        Why is prevention critical and possible in reducing the burden of OA globally? (Nigel Arden – UK)

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM        Can joint injuries and obesity be prevented to prevent OA? (Carolyn Emery – Canada, Heather Vincent, USA)

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM         Pre-OA cohorts – Post-traumatic knee OA cohorts – What can we do about the risk factors for early OA and progression of OA? (May Arna Risberg – Norway, Jackie Whittaker - Canada)

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM       Development and evaluation of secondary prevention strategies to prevent the onset and progression of OA through exercise, nutrition and lifestyle modification (Sita Bierma-Zeinstra, Michelle Hall – Australia)

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM     BREAK

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM      An integrated understanding of biomechanical risk factors for OA (David Lloyd – Australia, Tom Andriacchi – USA)

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM      Discovery and validations of new osteoarthritis biomarkers – Informing detection of early pre-radiographic OA (Ali Mobasheri – UK, Roman Krawetz - Canada)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM      What is the role of imaging in early diagnosis of pre-radiographic OA? (David Hunter – Australia, Ali Guermazi - USA)

12:00 PM - 12:20 PM      What can we learn from animal models to inform OA prevention? (Walter Herzog – Canada)

12:20 PM - 12:30 PM      Closing remarks




  • Primary prevention – To understand the implications of modifiable risk factors for OA (e.g., injury, mechanical, physical activity, obesity) and evidence-informed approaches to prevention of these pre-OA risk factors. Secondary prevention – To be exposed to evidence examining early pre-radiographic detection of osteoarthritis and approaches to prevent disease onset and/or delay progression