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Upcoming Webinar – Knee osteoarthritis: new insights and emerging technology-based interventions

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:

  1. Mechanisms of pain in OA (Prof Terry O’Neil)
  2. Structural changes in knee OA and the link between biomechanical loading and biological signalling (Prof Deborah Mason)
  3. The impact of altered muscular activation patterns in knee OA (Prof Cheryl Hubley-Kozey)
  4. Movement retraining approaches for knee OA (Prof Jaap Halaar)
  5. Brain plasticity in osteoarthritis: potential for new smart neurotherapies (Prof Anthony Jones)
  6. 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.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/knee-oa-new-insights-and-emerging-technology-based-interventions-tickets-389475931997

Join Link: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/050304a3ec364b65816edd02d33f0f98

Speakers:

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. 

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Spring and Summer 2022 Network Newsletter

We are pleased to share our latest MSK Rehab Research Network Newsletter.

It has been a busy spring and summer with several recent awards, funding successes and opportunities with our members.

Included in this newsletter:

Network News: Recent Awards and Funding Successes

IMHA Call for Patient Partners

Grant & Award Recipients

Upcoming Events & Past Highlights

Member Opportunities

…and much more!

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Call for IMHA Patient Engagement Research Ambassador (PERA) Members

IMHA is seeking to enhance the diversity of experiences within its PERA group to build a more inclusive representation of patients and caregivers who live with, or represent conditions, related to bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, skin and teeth.

IMHA commits to authentically engage those who have historically been excluded from participating as research partners, by ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion are of central focus in our recruitment to PERA.

IMHA is seeking members who reflect the breadth of intersectionality of the community (e.g. geography, age, race, language, sex and gender, etc.).

Call for Members: https://cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/53091.html

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Network NPI Receives Prestigious Research Award

Congratulations goes to Network NPI, Dr. Joy MacDermid for receiving Western University’s prestigious Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research.

This award recognizes Dr. MacDermid’s innovation of patient-reported outcome measures to advance clinical practice and research, her world-class publication record and her leadership in integrated knowledge translation.

“The Hellmuth Prizes for Achievement in Research are named in honour of Bishop Isaac Hellmuth, who founded The University of Western Ontario in 1878. There are two such prizes offered annually, one in the area broadly defined as the natural sciences and engineering […] and one in the social sciences and humanities” (Western University).

More information on the award can be found here: https://www.president.uwo.ca/honour_roll/faculty/research/hellmuth_recipients.html

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2022 Collaborative Catalyst Grant Recipients

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is committed to supporting high-impact, high-potential research and teams across Canada. Our annual Collaborative Catalyst grants are aimed to encourage new, externally funded, transdisciplinary research initiatives.

We were thrilled with the both the number and quality of submissions in response to this year’s call. The Rehab Network initially intended to fund up to six projects at up to $25,000 each – a total of $150,000. However our reviewers felt the quality of the submissions warranted funding additional applications. Therefore, we were happy to increase our budget for this call, funding a total of eight (8) applications at $25,000 each – a total investment of $200,000.

Below are the successful teams:

PI NameInstitutionProject TitleTeam
Cheryl KozeyDalhousieA pilot feasibility multicenter study to identify risk factors for rapid progression in those with early mild to moderate knee osteoarthritisJanie Wilson, Trevor Birmingham, Top Applteon, Sarah Manske, Steve Boyd, Olga Theou, Rebecca Moyer, Michael Dunbar, Joy MacDermid, Angelo Rudic (P), Bernadette McCann (T), Ann Smith Viera (P)
Kevin DeluzioQueensCharacterizing patient mobility and functional status while on waitlist for total knee replacement: A multi-center feasibility pilot studyJanie Astephen Wilson, Dylan Kobsar,, David Wilson, Elise Laende (T), Jereme Outerleys (T), Cheryl Kozey, Michael Dunbar, Glen Richardson, Ann Smith-Veiero (P), Gavin Wood, John Rudan, Mark Harrison, Aaron Campbell, Anthony Adili
Hugo Masse AlarieLavalSpine motor control and pain processing as predictive and explanatory factors of chronic low back painLuc Lacombe (P), Pierre Langevin, Guillaume Léonard, Clermont Dionne, Lisa Carlesso, Michel-Pierre Coll, Anaïs Lacasse, Jean-Sébastien Roy
JS RoyLavalDo psychosocial factors predict the persistence of shoulder pain?Simon Beaulieu-Bonneau, Dayana Patricia Rosa, (T), Hugo Masse-Alarie, Alex Scott, Frédérique Dupuis, Marc-Olivier Dubé, Gilles Drouin (P)
Lora GiangregorioWaterlooVirtual Intervention for Vertebral frACture (VIVA): Feasibility of implementation in a multicentre trialLarry Funnell, Sheila Brien (P), Cheryl Bulycz (P), Heather Keller, Alecandra Papaioannou, Lehana Thabane, Ravi Jain, Jenny Thain, Timothy Wideman, Suzanne Morin, Jenna Gibbs, Zach Weston, Catlin McArthur, Lauren Beaupre, Maureen Ashe, Allison Legg (T), David Emond (T), Matteo Ponzano (T), Nochilas Tibert (T), Judi Laprade
Luciana MacedoMcMasterFeasibility testing of a pre-surgical rehabilitation program for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a multi-center pilot randomized controlled trialNora Bakaa (T), Doug Gross, Lisa Carlesso, Joy MacDermid, Flo Slomp, Alison Rushton, Laura Katz, Maxi Miciak, Tara Packham, Kenneth Thomas, Andrew Nataraj, Raja Rampersuad, Brian Drew, Pahuta Markian, Aleks Cenic, Sandra Dorley (P), Joanna Thorne (P)
Michael HuntUBCA multi-centre feasibility study assessing shoe-worn insoles to improve clinical and biomechanical features of knee osteoarthritisTrevor Birmingham, Rebecca Moyer, Dylan Kobsar, Jesse Charlton
Kamair GhoseiriSaskatchewanThe effects of a novel phantom exercise execution program on phantom limb pain and mobility in people with unilateral transtibial amputation: a feasibility pilot study.Audrey Zucker Levin, Julia Totosy de Zepetnek, David Kingston, Susan Hunter
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Registration & Abstract Submission OPEN! CBJC 2022

Registration and abstract submissions for the upcoming 2022 Canadian Bone and Joint Conference are now open! And we are thrilled to announce that this exciting virtual conference will be FREE for Rehab Network trainees!

The MSK Rehab Research Network is covering the cost of registration for our trainee members. Trainees can contact rehabnet@uwo.ca before registering to receive a discount code that will cover your full registration fee!

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network is thrilled to once again co-host this unique and exciting virtual conference that will include an interactive panel hosted by Dr. Joy MacDermid on “MSK Innovation Factory” – co-creation of technology-enabled interventions for MSK health. We strongly encourage our members to attend as we introduce the MSK Innovation Factory initiative at Western University and its concepts; followed by a series of presentations from MSK Rehab Research Network members on their projects in development.

The conference will include Live-streamed Oral Presentations and Pre-recorded Video Open Poster Sessions focused on several topic areas including (but not limited to):

  • Inflammation and Auto Immune Diseases
  • Impact of Arthritis on youth and their care transitions
  • Human & Technology Interaction for Health
  • Patient Populations Characteristics & Perspectives
  • New Ideas and Emerging Trends for MSK Health

In addition to an exciting and interactive scientific line up, this year’s conference will once again include a Young Investigator’s Forum – a full block of offerings organized by trainees just for you. Interactive sessions include Insider View of Tri-Council ScholarshipsNo Time to Be Human: Making Room for Self-Care in Graduate School, and Academia and Beyond: Career Opportunities After Graduate School.

Full details and registration can be found here: https://cbjc.ca/

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Biomechanics & Osteoarthritis Symposium

The inaugural Biomechanics and Osteoarthritis Symposium was held on May 28th in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Biomechanics and the Canadian MSK Rehabilitation Research Network. Hosted by Dr. Michael Hunt (UBC), Dr. Cheryl Kozey (Dalhousie) and Dr. Janie Wilson (McMaster), over 100 registrants from Canada, the United States and Europe enjoyed an engaging morning of presentations, discussion and collaboration.

The virtual symposium began with a debate between Dr. Hunt and Dr. Wilson on the relative importance of the external knee adduction moment in osteoarthritis biomechanics research. This was followed by five trainee presentations on a wide range of topics in biomechanics and osteoarthritis research. The morning was concluded by a presentation from Dr. Kozey on the future of the GaitNET initiative which is supported by the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network.

The event was highly successful in its goal of bringing together researchers from across Canada and abroad, to discuss priorities in biomechanics research and investigate how collaboration can move the field forward through building consensus, increasing sample sizes and improving future funding success.

Thank you to the organizers for creating a unique and engaging event on short notice, and to all of the presenters for sharing their exciting work. We look forward to hosting these events on a regular basis to increase collaborations, scale-up research and ultimately improve MSK health outcomes for those living with pain and limited mobility.

The recorded sessions are now available to view here:

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Dr. Shawn Robbins Receives Strategic Operating Grant from The Arthritis Society

Congratulations to Network researcher Dr. Shawn Robbins from McGill University for receiving a Strategic Operating Grant from the Arthritis Society for his project: The effectiveness of medial pivot knee arthroplasty implants at improving gait and clinical outcomes in patients with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial.

“Over 67,000 knee replacements are performed annually in Canada for knee arthritis and 20% of patients remain unsatisfied after surgery. New implants have been designed, called medial pivot implants, which claim to more closely mimic normal knee movements. There has been limited testing of these implants, so their effectiveness and safety are not clear. Dr. Shawn Robbins will compare knee movement before and after surgery for walking and stair climbing, pain, and physical function between patients who had medial pivot or traditional knee replacement implants. A better understanding of the most effective knee implants will help to maximize patient outcomes, minimize negative side effects, and decrease demands on the healthcare system.”

You can view all results from The Arthritis Society’s recent grant competition here: https://arthritis.ca/researchers/competition-results