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Hospital for Special Surgery to Host International Arthritis Summit: Frontiers in Osteoarthritis Research, Prevention and Care
Date:6/10/2011

NEW YORK, June 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Newswise -- Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most pressing health care challenges of our time, affecting 27 million Americans. In an effort to elucidate the latest information in diagnosis, treatment, research and prevention, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will host an international Osteoarthritis Summit on June 17 and June 18.

The Hospital, internationally recognized for its leadership in the fields of orthopedics and rheumatology, will bring together a multidisciplinary group of thought leaders from the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia. Renowned physicians, scientists and industry leaders will describe current research, the most promising avenues for future investigation, the latest diagnostic tools and treatments, public health strategies and the most recent information on preventing OA.

"Public health data indicate that the prevalence, impact and economic consequences of osteoarthritis are expected to rise dramatically within the next several decades. Clearly, understanding and preventing this disease is an urgent research challenge," said Steven Goldring, M.D., chief scientific officer at Hospital for Special Surgery and co-director of the conference.

"By bringing together a group of leading international experts, we will develop a consensus document on future directions for OA research, prevention and treatment," said Timothy Wright, Ph.D., Kirby chair of orthopedic biomechanics at HSS and co-director of the event.

Orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, scientists and biomechanical engineers -- experts in the major research and clinical aspects of the disease--as well as leaders from the pharmaceutical, device and insurance industries will be among 35 speakers discussing a wide range of topics. The two-day-long event will take place at the Richard Menschel Conference Center at HSS on Friday, June 17, starting at 9 a.m., and on Saturday, June 18, starting at 8 a.m.

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