Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the 2017 Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress to be held in Las Vegas, USA from the 27th to the 30th April 2017.

The annual OARSI Congress is a global forum for those involved in OA research and treatment from academia and industry; including basic scientists, clinical investigators, radiologists, rheumatologists, orthopedic surgeons, physicians in physical medicine and rehabilitation, allied health professionals and policy makers. In keeping with the multidisciplinary international membership of OARSI, this meeting will feature a worldwide selection of expert speakers.

Highlights this year include plenary sessions in ‘Hand OA’, ‘Retinoic acid in OA’, ‘Improving outcomes in OA studies’, ‘Designer scaffolds for cartilage repair’ and our annual debate; ‘Is exercise good or bad for OA joints?!’. We have no fewer than 3 pre-meetings; the ‘OARSI workshop in OA pain’ that will feature speakers from industry and academia, ‘Reducing the burden of OA through prevention’ run by the Alberta OA team in collaboration with two UK OA Centres, and the ‘Young Investigators’ session’. The meeting will also be preceded by an ‘OARSI Clinical Trials Course’ (on Weds 26th April) following the highly successful lunchtime session that was held at the OARSI 2016 meeting.

As our society grows we have needed to provide measures to reflect the increased numbers of abstracts submitted and posters displayed. To this end we have increased the poster times, introduced breakfast poster tours and will be trialing ‘Rapid fire poster tasters’ embedded within a plenary session. We aim to increase the exposure of our younger members and enable our delegates to learn from the depth and breadth of work presented at this meeting. OARSI 2017 will also be a great opportunity for young investigators to receive mentorship, through the ‘Meet the professor’ session, to discuss their ideas, hopes and ambitions with leaders in diverse fields of research.

The OARSI app which was introduced last year has been further refined and promises to provide an efficient and easy way to navigate the meeting’s sessions and access abstracts and other information at the press of a button!

We hope you will join us to contribute to this exciting meeting.  See you in Vegas!

Tonia Vincent, MD, PhD
Congress Chair

Carla Scanzello, MD PhD
Abstract Chair

John Loughlin, PhD
OARSI President