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First NameLast NameDegreeCountryName of InstitutionDescription of Research AreaEmail Address
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Muhammad FarooqRaiDVM, MS, PhD, MSCIUnited States
Washington Univeristy School of Medicine
Osteoarthritis, Animal Model, Transcriptome/RNA-seq, Genetics, Gene Therapy, Nano-medicine, Cartilage Repair, Chondrocyte Biology
rai.m@wustl.edu
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RikLoriesMD PhDBelgiumKU Leuven
Basic and translational biology of the joint, in particular of the articular cartilage. Our team has a strong focus on the regulation of Wnt signaling and in deciphering the mechanisms underlying genetic associations with osteoarthritis (see. Monteagudo et al, Nature Comm 2017 & Cornelis et al, Science Trans Med 2018).
Rik.Lories@kuleuven.be
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Andrew PitsillidesPhDUK
Royal Veterinary College
skeletal mechanobiology, osteoarthritis, joint cavitation, endochondral ossification processes
apitsillides@rvc.ac.uk
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MagdyAbouzeidPhDEgypt
Alexandria University, Faculty of Sports Education
Sport medicine,Physiolgy of Ecercise
magdyabouzeid1950@gmail.com
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DawnAitkenPhDAustraliaUniversity of TasmaniaDr Dawn Aitken is a Senior Research Fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Australia. Her research uses MRI to gain a better understanding of osteoarthritis and identify and test new treatments. She has published papers on the role of bone marrow lesions in osteoarthritis, and other structural pathologies including meniscal damage and fat pad abnormalities. She has experience in clinical drug trials and is currently playing a key role in the coordination of six RCTs (two multi-centre RCTs for knee osteoarthritis, two industry-funded trials, a vitamin D RCT in adolescents, and a back pain RCT). Dr Aitken also has an interest in the relationship between physical activity and osteoarthritis and how to improve the conservative management of osteoarthritis.Dawn.Aitken@utas.edu.au
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FrankBeierPhDCanadaUniversity of Western Ontariomouse and rat models of osteoarthritis; microarrays/RNA Seqfbeier@uwo.ca
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FranciscoBlancoMD, PhDSpainOA genomic and proteomic biomarkers cartilage biologyfblagar@sergas.es
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PeterChoongMBBS,MD, FRACS, FAOrthA, FAAHMSAustraliaSt. Vincent's Hospital (Melbourne)Clinical research including clinical trials in arthritis surgery. Analysis of large clinical datasets/joint replacement registrypchoong@unimelb.edu.au
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MagaliCucchiariniPhDGermanyCenter of Experimental OrthopaedicsRegenerative medicine for human osteoarthritismmcucchiarini@hotmail.com
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FelixEcksteinMDAustriaInstitute of Anatomy, Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg & NurembergOur research focuses on quantitative imaging-based measures in context of the development and progression of osteoarthritis. Our work encompasses a) technical development of image analysis tools; b) application of these to large cohorts available from public data bases, and c) statistical analyses using existing public data bases. Current projects include the relationship between meniscus (extrusion) and body mass index, and the clinical validation of imaging biomarkers, such as cartilage morphometry & T2, muscle, and adipose tissue versus patient reported outcomes.
Please contact us to discuss specific project ideas!
wolfgang.wirth@pmu.ac.at
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AmandaFosangPhDAustraliaUniversity of MelbourneAggrecanases, collagenases, cartilage degradationamanda.fosang@mcri.edu.au
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JeromeGuicheuxPhDFranceINSERM U1229-RMeS regenerative medicine and skeletonOsteoarthritis
Ddisc degenerative disease
Stem cells
Biomaterials
jerome.guicheux@inserm.fr
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TariqHaqqiMPhil, PhDUnited StatesNortheast Ohio Medical UniversityCartilage Chondrocyte Biology, miRNAs,
in vitro and in vivo models of OA,
Autophagy, Redox Biology, CAM
shaynie@neomed.edu
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Ida KristinHaugenMD, PhDNorwayDiakonhjemmet HospitalHand Osteoarthritis epidemiology and imagingida.haugen@diakonsyk.no
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GraemeJonesMD, PHDAustraliaUniversity of TasmaniaOsteoarthritis epidemiology (population based imaging) and clinical trials using phenotypic approachesg.jones@utas.edu.au
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VirginiaKrausMD, PhDUnited StatesDuke UniversityOsteoarthritis biomarkers and pathogenesisvbk@duke.edu
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FlorisLafeberPhDNetherlandsUniversity Medical Center UtrechtOsteoarthritis/Cartilagef.lafeber@umcutrecht.nl
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ChristopherLittleBSc, BVMS, MSc, PhDAustraliaUniversity of SydneyDefining the pathophysiology of OA structural and symptomatic disease to develop better treatments. The research makes extensive use of pre-clinical models of disease, with a focus on improving their predictive validity and better aligning outcomes to match human disease phenotypes.christopher.little@sydney.ed.au
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RichardLoeserMDUnited StatesUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hillbasic cartilage biology with a focus on integrin signaling, aging and redox regulation of cell signalingrichard_loeser@med.unc.edu
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MariaMayanPhDSpainINIBICMolecular mechanism involved in OA development and progression. Connexins, cell communication, biomarkers, new targets, osteoarthritis, arthritis, animal models.
Ma.Dolores.Mayan.Santos@sergas.es
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MiguelOteroPhDUSAHSS Research Institute - Hospital for Special SurgeryBasic OA research, mouse models of OA, epigenetics, cartilage biology, chondrocyte biology, inflammation and OAoterom@hss.edu
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LynneParkinsonBSC, PhDAustraliaCQ University AustraliaLongitudinal analysis of arthritis and comorbidities in older women, using 9 years of Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health survey and linked databases (pharmaceutical, medical services, hospitalisations). See www.alswh.org.aul.parkinson@cqu.edu.au
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RezaRezaSharifPhDCanadaMcGill UniversityOsteoarthritis Pain, ion channels, electrophysiology, sensory neurons, spinal cord circuits, optogenetic, cartilage biologyreza.sharif@mcgill.ca
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DerekRutherfordPT, PhDCanadaDalhousie UniversityKnee and Hip osteoarthritis, electromography, gait biomechanics and physiotherapydjr@dal.ca
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SimoSaarakkalaPhDFinlandUniversity of OuluDiagnostics of osteoarthritis:
The group is focusing on developing novel and innovative clinical diagnostic and follow-up methods for early osteoarthritis. The group is also investigating the early pathological changes in articular cartilage, subchondral bone and meniscus in micro-level vitro and in situ using animal and human tissue samples.

More information on the laboratory can be found here: www.mipt-oulu.fi/saarakkala-group
simo.saarakkala@oulu.fi
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ThomasSchaerVMDUnited StatesUniversity of PennsylvaniaPenn Vet Center for Medical Translation
This fellowship provides exposure to the preclinical space of OA research using large animals including the horse as an experimental and a naturally occurring disease model for OA. Fellows immerse side by side in the translational R&D practice and in a busy clinical equine surgical, sports medicine & imaging practice at PENN VET. By the end of their visit, fellows will have a robust understanding of the translational R&D space addressing OA using large animal models. They will have gained appreciation of the clinical presentation of OA in the equine athlete, including therapeutic strategies (surgical (arthroscopy) and non-surgical).
tpschaer@upenn.edu
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KathrynStokPhDAustraliaUniversity of MelbourneDr Stok heads the Integrative Cartilage Research Group quantitative microstructural imaging (micro-computed tomography) and biomechanics of cartilage and joint structures. She uses a variety of experimental and computational approaches. Her research work merges solid engineering approaches with biomedical advancement.kstok@unimelb.edu.au
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BayramÜnverPhD, PT, ProfTurkeyDokuz Eylül University, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis, Arthroplasty, Rehabilitation, Measurement, Outcome Score
bayram.unver@deu.edu.tr
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EvieVereeckePhDBelgiumUniversity of LeuvenFocus on OA of the hand and thumb, both pathomechanism and treatment (eg. thumb/wrist orthotics).
Methodology:
- cadaver experiments and dissections
- imaging (CT, dynamic CT, CBCT and MRI) to visualize and quantify bone motion
- bone motion/kinematics and joint loading (using Matlab code and CT imaging)
- modeling
https://www.kuleuven-kulak.be/en/research
/research-at-kulak/anatomy-lab
Evie.Vereecke@kuleuven.be
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JenniferWestendorfPhDUnited StatesMayo ClinicAnimal models of post-traumatic OA. DMM surgery. Disease modifying drug candidates.westendorf.jennifer@mayo.edu
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YangXiaPhDUSAOakland UniversityIcroscopic imaging of cartilage and bone using microscopic MRI (μMRI), polarized light microscopy (PLM), Fourier-transform infrared imaging (FT-IRI), microscopic x-ray tomography (μCT).xia@oakland.edu
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EleftheriaZegginiPhDUnited KingdomWellcome Trust Sanger InstituteHuman genetics
Functional genomics
Computational biology
eleftheria@sanger.ac.uk
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GuangjuZhaiPhDCanadaMemorial University of NewfoundlandMetabolomics and Genomics of osteoarthritis using the Newfoundland Osteoarthritis Study (NFOAS) cohort.guangju.zhai@med.mun.ca
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