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A roundtable discussion on sports and osteoarthritis for graduate students and early career researchers – January 15, 2020

January 15th, 2020

This webinar is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and early career researchers that are interested in osteoarthritis and sport research. A distinguished professor and early career researcher will each discuss tips and advice on how to enter and sustain research in this field. The webinar will end with a question and answer session.

About the speakers

Professor Alan Silman is an epidemiologist and a rheumatologist. He was Director of the UK’s Arthritis Research Epidemiology Unit in Manchester from 1988-2006 and published over 500 articles in the broad field of arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases. He then became Arthritis Research UK’s first Medical Director, a post he held from 2007 until the end of 2014. In that role he was responsible for the strategic direction of the Charity’s research activities as well as leading on both health care professional and patient education initiatives. Currently he is Professor of Musculoskeletal Health at Oxford University. His current research interests are mainly in the field of comorbidities and their relation to health care and health care outcomes and the use of ‘big data’ to address these issues.

Dr Nirmala Perera is a postdoctoral fellow based at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom funded by the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis Research Versus Arthritis. Dr Perera is a member of Sport Without Injury ProgrammE (SWIPE) at Linköping University, Sweden, and is an adjunct research fellow at La Trobe University Sports and Exercise Research Centre, Australia. Her research focuses on injury surveillance (cricket, snow sports, rugby) and optimising implementation of injury prevention programmes (e.g. Knee Control) in youth sports (football, floorball) with a special interest in the female athlete.



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