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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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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: