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Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI): Past, present and future

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We provide a detailed account of the origin and establishment of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) and celebrate its history from inception to the current day. We discuss the mission, vision and strategic objectives of OARSI and how these have developed and evolved over the last 3 decades. We celebrate the achievements of the society as we approach its 30th birthday, honor the entire presidential line and respectfully pay tribute to the past presidents who are no longer with us. We reflect on the strong foundations of our society, OARSIā€™s efforts to disseminate understanding of the health, disability and economic burdens of osteoarthritis (OA) to policymakers, and the exciting initiatives to make the society inclusive and international. We thank our corporate and industrial sponsors, who have supported us over many years, without whom our annual congresses would not have been possible. We celebrate our longstanding strategic partnership with our publisher, Elsevier, and the successful launch of our new journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open, the most significant new development in our dissemination toolbox. For the first time in the history of the organization, our annual congress was cancelled in April 2020 and the 2021 meeting will be virtual. Despite the numerous challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to adapt quickly to a rapidly changing landscape, we must remain optimistic about the future. We will take advantage of new exciting opportunities to advance our mission and vision to enhance the quality of life of persons with OA.

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Author(s): Mobasheri A, Im GI, Katz JN, Loughlin J, Kraus VB, Sandell LJ, Berenbaum F, Abramson S, Lotz M, Hochberg M, Pelletier JP, Madry H, Block JA, Lohmander LS, Altman RD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Open

Year: 2021

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Print publication date: 01/06/2021

Online publication date: 24/02/2021

Acceptance date: 18/02/2021

Date deposited: 26/02/2021

ISSN (electronic): 2665-9131

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1016/j.ocarto.2021.100146


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