Knee Osteoarthritis Predictive Imaging Consortium

Every year, new research projects on osteoarthritis (OA) are spawning all over the world. In an attempt to unify the advances that have been achieved over the past years, LE STUDIUM is calling together a consortium. Leading experts of the field will gather to create a new basis for OA research, with a focus on predictive imaging.

The pressure to find solutions for the prevention and treatment of OA is rising.

In the past years, osteoarthritis (OA) has continually been moving up the World Health Organization’s “Burden of Disease” list. Aging populations and obesity continue to push the prevalence of OA in industrial countries. It is the most common musculoskeletal disorder and one of the major causes of disability among the elderly.

LE STUDIUM is uniting expertise in designated areas of research.

The LE STUDIUM research consortium is an initiative by the Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies in France. With a broad international network and over 20 years of experience, they have managed to build a dynamic research community. Their aim is to connect researchers with laboratories by awarding fellowships and creating consortia, among others.

Le Studium international researchers
© Le Studium 2018, Origin of foreign LE STUDIUM researchers in region Centre-Val de Loire

A consortium consists of five researchers who meet every six months for a period of two years. Each consortium addresses specific problems and brings the highest levels of expertise to a designated area of research. Active consortia range from ecohydraulics and medieval manuscripts to sonoporation.

Now, the exciting research topic for the next consortium was announced: Knee osteoarthritis  – which is exactly  ImageBiopsy Lab’s field of interest. Over the course of two years, the research team will evaluate the state of the art in knee OA imaging. This will be achieved by introducing a unified and extensively documented database. Ultimately, the goal of this consortium is to find solutions for improved predictive imaging for knee OA, and also to understand the underlying mechanisms behind it.

We are very excited about this consortium! Stay tuned for further information.