Authoritative Experts from Various Countries Gather in Xiangya to Explore New Progress in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoarthritis
2018/6/27 23:03:19
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On June 27, Xiangya Osteoarthritis International Forum 2018 was held in Xiangya Hospital, Central South University. Authoritative experts on clinical care and scientific research in the fields related to osteoarthritis from Massachusetts General Hospital, Northwestern University, Cleveland Clinic, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Nottingham, University of Sydney, University of Erlangen Nuremberg, University of British Columbia, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and many famous domestic hospitals gathered together to discuss the latest progress in the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis in a multidisciplinary, multi-level and multi-angle manner.

International Forum: Building a Multiparty Exchange and Cooperation Platform for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal disease among people over the age of 50, and 70% of the elderly over 80 suffer from osteoarthritis. There are about 130 million patients with osteoarthritis in China. Knee osteoarthritis is the second cause of disability in the elderly only after cardiovascular diseases. Against the background of population aging worldwide, the incidence of osteoarthritis is increasing. Studies show that China will have the most patients with osteoarthritis in the future, which will pose a huge burden to the Chinese society and Chinese families.

Prof. Lei Guanghua, Chairman of the forum, President of Xiangya Hospital, Central South University, Deputy Director of National Clinical Research Center for Geriatric Disorders, Xiangya Hospital, Director of Key Laboratory of Joint Degeneration and Injury of Hunan Province, introduced Xiangya Hospital and its osteoarthritis team. He said that the current treatment of osteoarthritis is mainly to alleviate pain, improve function and the quality of life, and there is no better treatment available. Several experts from six countries were invited to the forum. It is expected to build an exchange platform for experts engaged in the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, develop new research projects, and promote future cooperation for a "healthy China".

Prof. Zhang Yuqing, Co-chairman of the forum and tenured professor of Massachusetts General Hospital affiliated to Harvard University, extended his thanks to Xiangya Hospital for holding the forum on behalf of all participating international experts and hoped that the forum could serve as a platform for exchanges and cooperation among different countries and specialties so as to jointly prevent and treat this disease with a high disability rate.

It’s learned that the team led by Prof. Lei Guanghua, President of Xiangya Hospital, has long been devoted to the research on the pathogenesis, risk factors and clinical prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, a common disease in joint surgery. In recent years, the team members have undertaken as principal investigator 13 research projects supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China and 18 research projects supported by foundations at provincial and ministerial level. Particularly, the team was the first to use the real-world study to find out the destructive impact of intraarticular injection of hormones on articular cartilage. This important finding is of great significance to the compilation of the guidelines for the clinical treatment of osteoarthritis in the whole world.

Excellent Lectures: Multidisciplinary Authoritative Experts at Home and Abroad Explore the Latest Progress in Osteoarthritis Prevention and Treatment

With the continuous improvement of the diagnosis and treatment level of osteoarthritis in China, it has become increasingly important to strengthen international exchanges in order to achieve step-by-step integration with the internationally advanced technology and understand the most advanced ideas and methods for the comprehensive treatment of osteoarthritis. Internationally well-known experts including Prof. David Hunter from University of Sydney, Associate Professor Frank Roemer from University of Erlangen Nuremberg, Prof. Xiaojuan Li from Cleveland Clinic, Prof. Daniel White from Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware, Associate Professor Alison Chang from the Department of Physical Therapy and Human Movement Science, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Associate Professor Jingbo Niu from Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Aliya Sarmanova in Rheumatology from University of Nottingham, Statistician Na Lu from Arthritis Research Centre of Canada and authoritative experts from top hospitals in China such as Prof. Lin Jianhao, Director for Joint Surgery at Peking University People’s Hospital, Prof. Ding Changhai, expert of the Thousand Talents Plan and Executive Director of Clinical Research Center of Zhujiang Hospital of Southern Medical University, Prof. Huang Cibo, Director of the Department of Rheumatology, Beijing Hospital and Vice Chairman of Chinese Rheumatology Association, delivered excellent lectures at the forum. Prof. Yang Tubao, Party Secretary of the School of Public Health, Central South University, attended and hosted the forum. Many experts of Xiangya Hospital, including Prof. Li Kanghua, Director of Institute of Orthopedics, Central South University, Prof. Wang Xiyang, Director of Bone Biomimetic Material Engineering Laboratory of Hunan Province, Prof. Peng Shifang, Director of the Department of Human Resources of Xiangya Hospital, Prof. Lv Hongbin, Director of the Department of Sports Medicine, Prof. Liu Shaohui, Deputy Director of the Health Management Center, Prof. Luo Hui, Deputy Director of the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology and Prof. Zuo Xiaoxia, Prof. Zhou Jiangnan from the Department of Orthopedics, also attended the forum.

Experts discussed many issues including the new progress in the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis, research on imaging of OA, quantitative study of osteoarthritis MRI, physical activity and knee osteoarthritis, changing the way of walking to promote functional activities of knee osteoarthritis, community-based studies on knee pain and related health problems, epidemiological study of osteoarthritis pain, science education of the knee joint osteoarthritis, application of directed acyclic graph in the study of obesity and radiology knee arthritis, the role of body fat and local fat in OA, whether knee replacement can improve the survival rate of osteoarthritis patients from the perspectives of epidemiology, histomorphology, sports medicine, imaging, diagnosis and treatment, and the MRI assessment of the knee joint osteoarthritis. All clinicians and researchers present participated in the discussions, creating a heated atmosphere. All participants said they learned a lot and got inspirations from the multi-country, multi-discipline and multi-team exchanges.



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