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Following the outputs from the initial Network Focus Meeting (15th-16th May 2017), Theme Leaders submitted proposals for activities and projects. After focused revisions, and the addition of timelines and costings, a research forum meeting was held in February 2018 to present the final proposals. A decision on funded activities was made for 2018/19.

These activities and research projects will be advertised on this website (and communicated via the partner mailing list), according to the timeline proposed by each Theme Leader. Examples include: subject specific focus meetings, sandpits, development of consensus statements, hackathons, scoping studies, engagement events and pump priming projects.  

Opportunities will be made available to all Network Partners. Non-partners can also register their interest in being involved. Please email Leanne Sawle for further information.  


See bottom of page for open calls for project funding


Event: Novel and experimental Technology Theme Focus Meeting

A Focus Meeting was held at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry as part of the OATech+ Network programme of events (30th April – 1st May 2018) to explore OA stratification from a multi-disciplinary approach.  A Delphi study was incorporated into the meeting, and a further meeting is being organised to prepare and present the findings as a consensus paper.  

EvenT: Novel and experimental Technology Theme Sandpit

A two-day sandpit was held on the 19th-20th November 2018 in Oswestry. Two awards were made (up to 15K), subject to the submission of full project proposals and costings. The deadline for the full proposal submission was the 31st January 2019.  

  • An award has been made to the MRI Fans group (David Williams et al). The group will undertake a project entitled Development of a quantitative MRI phantom for knee tissue commencing 1/7/19.
  • An award was also made to the We don’t care how much it hurts (but we do care about nociception) group (Debbie Mason and David Hamilton). This project will commence in August 2019 and explore the use of sensors as objective measures of nocioception.
event: OA stratification focus meeting 

A one-day focus meeting was held at St George’s University, London to discuss OA stratification, and the work undertaken in the “Developing Tools for Patient Stratification in Osteoarthritis” project.

Event: Alan Turing Institute: Funding call for data sets and application challenges

A half-day meeting was held to discuss sharing of biomechanical data sets across institutions. 12pm,14th January 2019, Charing Cross Hospital.

The OATech+ Network is planning to submit an expression of interest to the Alan Turing Institute ( to participate in one of their new Data Study Events planned for this year. A Data Study Event is similar to a ‘hackathon’ in that organisations are invited to provide large datasets and a ‘challenge’ to the ATI. Data Scientists (approx. 20) will then spend 5-days working on the challenge to develop a data driven solution.


Current Projects:
  • Mark Elliott – OA Datasets Scoping Project
  • Nidhi Sofat – Developing tools for Patient Stratification in Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Richard Jones – The role of technology and lifestyle interventions in osteoarthritis
  • Debbie Mason and Alison McGregor – Systematic review to define the higher level evidence in osteoarthritis research that can be used to develop an impact toolkit
  • Cathy Holt / David Williams –  Development of standard protocols for In-vivo imaging 


ECR opportunities:

Theme lead: Jim Richards

For further information on opportunities visit the page below:

ECR Opportunities Page


Other opportunities:

The OATech+ Network will consider applications for funding visits /collaborations outside of the Network, if this expertise would benefit the OATech+ Network and UK research into OA. All applications will be reviewed by the Research Forum, and if approved, will receive a funding contribution. For further information please contact Leanne Sawle:  


November 2018. Dr Ben Sherlock secured funding to visit Prof. Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong, Australia.

Ben undertook his visit in February 2019.

Click on the link to read Ben’s report

**Open call for Biomechanics and Mechanobiology Pump-priming Projects**

Please see the application form (link below)  for information on the project requirements.

Closed 8th March 2019

Applications are currently under review 

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