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Osteoarthritis (OA) affects 8.75 million people in the UK (Mobasheri & Batt 2016), places a considerable burden upon the economy (Woolf et al. 2012) and seriously impairs the quality of life of its sufferers (Hiligsmann et al. 2013).


The OATech+ Network is an EPSRC funded project which aims to utilise the expertise of multidisciplinary network partners to:

Identify challenges and knowledge gaps Support and drive multidisciplinary collaborations in UK osteoarthritis research Form the basis for high-level grant funding and publications   and ultimately improve diagnosis, treatment and bring novel therapies to market.


Research Themes and Theme Leaders

Facilitating the Next Generation of Leaders in OA Tech

Theme Leader: Prof Jim Richards

Biomechanics / Mechanobiology of OA

Theme Leader: Prof Martin Knight

Novel Experimental Technology

Theme Lead: Prof Sally Roberts

Experimental & Predictive Modelling Technology

Directed by a working group

Establishing High Level Evidence

Theme Leader: Dr Debbie Mason

Establishing an Impact Toolkit

Theme Leader: Prof Alison McGregor

Data Analysis Technology

Theme Leader: Dr Mark Elliott

Lifestyle Interventions

Theme Leader: Prof Richard Jones

Imaging & Image Analysis Tools

Directed by a working group

Clinical Applications

Clinical Liaison: Prof Nidhi Sofat

principal Investigator

Prof. Cathy Holt

co Investigators

Prof. Anthony Bull
Prof. Philip Conaghan
Prof. Andrew Pitsillides
Prof. Philip Rowe