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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 consisted of six individual talks which covered recent advances in our understanding of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and showcased potential new treatments for this disease. The webinar drew together academic leaders from across different disciplines, including biomechanics, motor control, joint biology and pain science. Throughout the webinar, there was focus on using new research insights to create technology-based interventions with the potential to offer symptomatic relief and potentially slow disease progression for people with knee OA. It was envisaged that this webinar will form a platform for future interdisciplinary collaboration.

Speakers and Talk Titles:
1. Mechanisms of pain in OA.

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.

2. Structural changes in knee OA and the link between biomechanical loading and biological signalling.

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.

3. The impact of altered muscular activation patterns in knee OA.

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.

4. Movement retraining approaches for knee OA.

Prof Jaap Harlaar is a professor of Clinical Biomechanics at the Delft University of Technology and at Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam. 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.

5. Brain plasticity in osteoarthritis: potential for new smart neurotherapies.

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.

6. Postural mechanisms and altered muscle coordination in knee OA: the use of muscle biofeedback training.

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