24 April 2017

Exciting presentations by APPROACH members at OARSI World Congress

This week, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) World Congress takes place in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, from April 27 – April 30. The annual OARSI Congress is a global forum for those involved in OA research and treatment from academia and industry. We are happy to announce that many researchers involved in the APPROACH project will present their studies. 

The conference kicks off with a plenary session on hand osteoarthritis (OA) during which both Ida Haugen (Diakonhjemmet Hospital) and Margreet Kloppenburg (Leiden University Medical Center), involved in the APPROACH clinical study, will give a presentation.

The abstract by Willem Paul Gielis (University Medical Center Utrecht), one of the APPROACH PhD students, was among the nine highest rated abstracts by young investigators, and Gielis will present his work on prediction of risk for radiographic hip OA in plenary session 2.

Francisco Blanco (Sergas) and Francis Berenbaum (AP-HP), also involved in the APPROACH clinical study, won awards for Basic Science and Clinical Science, respectively, and will present their work during plenary session 3. Blanco’s presentation will discuss OA, from the chondrocyte to the mitochondria, and Berenbaum will focus on inflammation in OA.

Berenbaum will also present during the Young Investigator Workshop on Social Media on Saturday, together with APPROACH work package leaders Ali Mobasheri (University of Surrey) and Leonie Hussaarts (Lygature). During this session, the APPROACH project will feature as a case study.

Furthermore, Anne-Christine Bay-Jensen (Nordic Bioscience), Andreea Ioan-Facsinay (Leiden Universtiy Medical Center), Martin Englund (Lund University) and Ida Haugen will give short presentations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Frank Roemer (Uni-Klinikum Erglangen) will give a workshop on Radiographic Predictors of OA Progression, and many project members will present a poster. Finally, many APPROACH members will chair sessions and John Loughlin (Newcastle University) is the current president of OARSI.

Indeed, these are exciting days for the APPROACH Consortium, and we look forward to seeing you at OARSI. Interested? Visit the conference website for more information or contact us if you have any questions.