Date: 29th September from 2-5pm (BST, UTC+1)
Target audience: Clinicians and academic researchers interested in knee osteoarthritis.
This webinar will consist of six individual talks which will cover recent advances in our understanding of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and showcase potential new treatments for this disease. The webinar will draw together academic leaders from across different disciplines, including biomechanics, motor control, joint biology and pain science. Throughout the webinar, there will be a focus on using new research insights to create technology-based interventions which have potential to offer symptomatic relief and potentially slow disease progression for people with knee OA. It is envisaged that this webinar will form a platform for future interdisciplinary collaboration. The individual talks are:
- Mechanisms of pain in OA (Prof Terry O’Neil)
- Structural changes in knee OA and the link between biomechanical loading and biological signalling (Prof Deborah Mason)
- The impact of altered muscular activation patterns in knee OA (Prof Cheryl Hubley-Kozey)
- Movement retraining approaches for knee OA (Prof Jaap Halaar)
- Brain plasticity in osteoarthritis: potential for new smart neurotherapies (Prof Anthony Jones)
- Postural mechanisms and altered muscle coordination in knee OA: the use of muscle biofeedback training (Dr Steve Preece)
Each talk will last 20-25 minutes and there will be time at the end of each talk for discussion.
Prof Terry O’Neil is a consultant rheumatologist and a professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses on the design and conduct of clinical trials of therapies for osteoarthritis.
Prof Deborah Mason is the director of Preclinical Research at the Biomechanics and Bioengineering Research Centre, University of Cardiff, UK. Her research focuses on signalling mechanisms that regulate bone and cartilage turnover with the aim of developing therapeutic and diagnostic targets for musculoskeletal diseases.
Prof Cheryl Hubly-Kozey is the co-director of the Dynamics of Human Motion Laboratory, Dalhousie University, Canada. Her research focuses on understanding the role that muscles play in osteoarthritis processes and in identifying biomechanical targets that can form the basis for early non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical interventions.
Prof Jaap Haalar is a professor of Clinical Biomechatronics at the Delp University of Technology, Netherlands. His research focuses on the development of biomechanical models of different movement disorders to inform clinical decision making. His more recent work focuses on the biomechanics of gait in knee osteoarthritis.
Prof Anthony Jones is a consultant rheumatologist and emeritus professor of Neuro-rheumatology at the Manchester University, UK. His research focuses on the use of functional brain imaging to understand normal and abnormal mechanisms of pain perception and he is using these insights to develop new cognitive interventions for chronic pain.
Prof Steve Preece is the director of the Health Sciences Research Centre at the University of Salford, UK. His research seeks to explore mechanisms which may underlie altered muscle coordination in knee osteoarthritis and to use this understanding to develop new conservative intervention for the disease.