Osteoarthritis Technology NetworkPlus (OATech+): a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and treatment of osteoarthritis

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering

Abstract

In the UK, over 8.75 million people seek treatment for osteoarthritis (OA) each year. It affects 13% of people aged 55-64 and 70% aged 65-74, is characterised by joint pain and loss of cartilage and involves joint loading, shape and structure changes. The links between these factors and the underlying molecular mechanisms that lead to arthritic degeneration and pain are not well understood. Our lack of understanding of the processes that drive joint degeneration in OA prevents timely diagnosis for those at risk of developing OA and hinders optimal treatment. Surgery, rehabilitation and pain management are commonly used for patients with pain and disability associated with OA and musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders; however for a significant proportion of patients, treatment outcome is sub-optimal. If clinicians could predict which patients respond best to which form of treatment, this would allow tailored treatment with clinical and health economic benefits. Patients would get the right treatment at the right time, avoiding pain and inappropriate surgery or rehabilitation.
There is a currently a lack of (i) appropriate experimental and clinically relevant tools to monitor subtle changes in joint structure, biomechanics and metabolism for early OA detection; (ii) disease control via targeted drug, surgical and rehabilitation intervention, as standard practice; (iii) validation of surgical and rehabilitation interventions. The Network will address this to trigger the disruptive change in research necessary for future diagnosis and treatment of OA, ensuring international competitiveness for this high impact disease. It includes over 70 academic, clinical and industry UK and international participants with experience and expertise in human, animal and cell experimentation and modelling; data and imaging analysis to provide high-level evidence for safety and efficacy of medical devices and incorporating engineering technology, biomechanics and biology into clinical studies with strong end user steerage.
It will facilitate novel mechanisms to link research disciplines and develop the MSK research area through advances in technology, engineering and physical sciences. By identifying challenges and barriers to technology development that UK research must address it will ensure future studies encompass the necessary scientific advances, fused with clinical and biological solutions to optimise treatment via diagnosis, prediction and evidence-based intervention. A treatments taxonomy will direct the development of future therapies to enhance efficacy, restore function, optimise surgery, and exploit self-management of health.
Network activities, from people development (discipline-hopping, innovation awards, studentships), ideas generation (sandpits, hackathons), networking (seminars, conferences); outreach (exhibitions, science cafés); funded flagship, feasibility projects (informed by network activities in year one) and ideas that have high potential for innovation and impact, will ensure success and demonstrate how engineers, physical and computer scientists, biologists and clinicians team up to optimise, review and setup studies that collate biomechanics, clinical, patient and biological information for technology development and validation of experimental and clinical tools and targets. Impact and translation are guaranteed by embedding the Biomedical Engineering community with experience in OA/MSK technology research, with key clinicians and biologists who lead research in animal, cell and patient based studies. User engagement and steerage will be supported via clinical and industry partners, Patient Public Involvement and Public Health links. The metrics for success are research (research income, high impact papers), effectiveness in initiating new collaborations in terms of new cross-disciplinary researchers and end-users; and new academics, fellows, students and members of the public engaged with OA research.

Planned Impact

OA Tech+ will contribute to the full impact spectrum: societal impact in terms of benefits to health, clinical practice and the environment; economic impacts across the private and public sectors as a result of new experimental tools, biomedical technologies and reduced healthcare costs; professional impacts in terms of the training new personnel and new skills development for existing personnel, and enhancement of the UK's knowledge base. This will be underpinned by the development of the OA Tech+ Impact and Translation Toolkit and deliver national and global impact by engaging beneficiaries and users across multiple sectors.
OA Tech+ Infrastructure: Supporting Network efforts and maximising impact, aided by the Network Coordinator and Research and Innovation Services of the numerous partner institutions, which includes specialists in a range of technology translational activities such as intellectual property protection. International research leaders, clinicians and business specialists will be invited to join the major review meetings. They will advise on how to maximise clinical and commercial impacts. The involvement of clinical NHS colleagues will play a key role in ensuring that the efforts of our network are focused on clinical need and will assist us in translating promising approaches into practice. Outputs will enable a larger proportion of the ageing population to enjoy an active, healthy quality of life. The website; the public face of OA Tech+, will take full advantage of the impact opportunities provided by social media. Presence at major conferences and exhibitions will ensure network outputs are effectively disseminated to researcher communities and general public. Many of our partners including PI/Cis have experience in outreach activities to promote OA Tech+ in schools and colleges, public fora and through national and international media.
Socio-economic benefits: Of 8.75m UK arthritis sufferers, treatment outcome is sub-optimal for many patients, it is costly to treat and offers significant opportunities to improve healthcare and quality of life, thus increasing workforce productivity. We will deliver demonstrable improvements in understanding disease mechanisms leading to improved diagnosis and treatment assessment via effectively communication with users, professionals and policy makers.
Research Feasibility studies: New experimental and clinical tools will be validated through multidisciplinary feasibility studies to bring benefit to multiple users. With a clear pathway to clinical impact, potential trial design of new therapeutics and medical diagnostics will utilise expertise from several UK Trials Units. Evaluation via peer reviewed research awards, high level publications and supported by Government initiatives such as the £100m Life Sciences in Wales funding a range of support from professional advisers, patent agents and technology transfer specialists, will ensure NHS spending will be better targeted towards patients and positive outcomes will improve reducing further spending for patients that return to clinic for further treatment.
A large patient group: By 2030 there will be more than 19m people over 60 in the UK compared with 16m younger adults; so this study also has longevity and will continue to provide future financial benefits. Involvement of clinicians and clinical organisations, directly and in an advisory capacity, ensures impact and establishes an effective pathway for widespread dissemination.
UK charities, private sector and policy makers: Involvement of partners across Arthritis Research UK funded Centres has potential to make significant impact on charity activity. Involvement of important industry partners ensures commercial sector impact to deliver new products for more effective surgery and rehabilitation. Involvement of NIHR/NISCHR, WARN, NICE, ARUK places policy makers at the heart of this Network; advances in treatment regimens will shape new policies and procedures
 
Description With respect to important new research questions; new research networks/collaborations/partnerships; important new research resources identified; Increased research capability generated from training delivered in specialist skills - OATech+ activities are as follows:

NOVEL EXPERIMENTAL TECHNOLOGY THEME (ROBERTS - KEELE/OSWESTRY)

30/4/18 - 1/5/18 - Focus meeting and Delphi study on OA Stratification.
A consensus statement is under completion resulting from 25 people across a number of disciplines who attended the meeting. Aim to be submitted in Spring 2019 to OA and Cartilage Journal.

19-20 November 2018 - Sandpit
This resulted in 8 cross-institutional, multidisciplinary collaborations groups to pitch ideas for Short Sandpit Funded Projects (£15k max)
Sandpit awarded projects - and these studies are due to start in Summer 2019, entitled:
- Development of a quantitative MRI phantom for knee tissue (David Williams/Hari Markides/Paul Biggs/Ben Sherlock - ECR's across Cardiff/Birmingham/Exeter). Commencing 1/7/19.
- We don't care how much it hurts (but we do care about nociception) (Debbie Mason/David Hamilton/Val Sparkes/ Jan Herman Kuiper/ Angus Armstrong Twigg across
Cardiff/Keele/Edinburgh Universities). Commencing 1/8/19.


DATA THEME (ELLIOTT - WARWICK/BIGGS - CARDIFF)
OA Datasets Scoping Project (5 people in working group met at Imperial College - hosted by Alison McGregor)
Established a Working Group to share biomechanics data and submitted a proposal to the Alan Turing Institute: Funding call for data sets and application challenges (Jan 2019)
As a new research resource which will provide pilot information fro a larger EPSRC funding proposal, we currently have 4 datasets that we can share for healthy and OA data. In total we have a combined dataset of up to 750 patients from 7 labs/institutions. About 1/3 of these are healthy controls.

Expert Database on the OATech+ Website accessible to all network members, as suggested by the High level Evidence and Impact/Biomechanics and Mechanobiology and Next Generation of OA Tech Researchers Themes. This has already led to a Mentoring Scheme involving 30 mentors across the Network

NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN OATECH THEME (RICHARD/UCLAN)
ECR internships (currently being advertised on Network website), bursaries, working group
Established an ECR Network and ECR opportunities web page - Mentoring, Database and Web Resource https://www.oatechnetwork.org/science-portal/1072-2/
BEN SHERLOCK, a research fellow at Exeter University was awarded some funds (£500) to visit Prof. Gordon Wallace, Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong, Australia and Prof. Peter Choong who holds the Hugh Devine Chair of Surgery at St Vincent's Hospital, Australia, who have developed a handheld 3D bioprinting device for intraoperative repair of chondral defects (BIOPEN). He will deliver a WEB/SKYPE Workshop to be available through the OATech+ Website - based on his visit, what has learned and about the btechnology. he will also make a 3 minute public engagement video.


IMAGING WORKING GROUP
Successfully applied for GW4 OA Imaging Network - funding to establish a GW4 Network across Cardiff/Exeter/Bristol/Bath. Event to tie in with OATech Imaging Event in Summer 2019.


MODELLING THEME
Introduced OATech+ network Plus to Sheffield In Silico Institute Modulation, September 2018
December 2019 Modellathon will focus on OATech+ Modelling -


OATech+ Network Plus
Expertise database (available via OATech website and linked to proposals from several theme leaders)
https://www.oatechnetwork.org/expertise-database-2/
Exploitation Route The findings from the various OATech+ Theme activities are providing Network Consensus Statements on the role of technology in OA.

The Data Theme shared data repository will provide access to large data sets for research purposes to be included in future finding applications. The hackathon will facilitate new ways of combining data sets with respect to the challenges to different data collection protocols and laboratories across the UK. Addressing this challenge will facilitate an important resource across the Network for OA diagnosis, treatment and outcome measures

The High level Evidence and Impact theme is working on a review of what high level evidence is in osteoarthritis research and how efficacy of interventions is measured across disciplines, to generate a toolkit for the Network to include in future funding applications, and develop a standardised approach to assessing interventions.

The Novel Experimental Technology Theme Delphi Exercise will report on the various technologies required for OA stratification.

The Sandpit MRI Phantom and Imaging Group funded work is working towards the provision of a standardised phantom for multi site studies and standard protocols for X-ray and image registration of key synovial joints and will be included into funding application across multi-site studies as pilot studies.

The Insigneo Modelathon could provide a standard model for use in knee OA and treatment studies to address key surgical and conservative interventions.
Sectors Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.oatechnetwork.org
 
Description RCUK defines economic and societal impact as 'the demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy'. Economic and societal impacts embrace all the extremely diverse ways in which research-related knowledge and skills benefit individuals, organisations and nations by: - fostering global economic performance, and specifically the economic competitiveness of the United Kingdom, - increasing the effectiveness of public services and policy, - enhancing quality of life, health and creative output. The OATech+ Network Plus is achieving impact beyond academia through a range of diverse engagement activities involving the public to raise awareness of Osteoarthritis and the research that is undertaken in the UK currently. Through the links with Arthritis Research UK (Versus Arthritis) Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre, interactions with patients and their relatives are a daily occurrence through the studies involving collection of patient data - biomechanics, patient reported, biological tissues. This provides an ongoing platform for Versus Arthritis and OATech+ activities. Key engagement activities this year have been around having a presence and profile at national and international research meetings. As examples: - The OATech+ network sponsored two sessions at the BioMedEng 2018 conference held in London in September 2018 (https://www.biomedeng18.com/). There was an OATech plenary session with an excellent invited keynote lecture from Professor Kyriacos Athanasiou (https://sites.uci.edu/deltai/) and a separate OATech session of selected high quality research abstracts in the area of OA. The meeting was attended by over 500 delegates representing the largest gathering of UK bioengineers. - OATech Sessions were also held at the British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS), 2018, in Leeds and the IMechE Engineering the Knee Meeting, 2018, London. - There were OATech+ flyers at the Registration Desk of the OARSI, 2018 in Liverpool. These have provided the opportunity for the Operations Group and Theme Leaders to disseminate the work of the OATech+, the current finded activities and events and calls for funding opportunities. Members of the OATech+ Operations Group are able to provide opinion, evidence and advice on the roll of experimental and clinical technology in OA Research. As an example, OATech+ PI, Cathy Holt: - was in a position to respond to the Call for Evidence: Royal College of Surgeons Commission on Future of Surgery by contributing to the implications for future surgical technology via the Royal Academy of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Panel - it was also presented by Royal Academy of Engineering representatives at HoC, 2018 - was invited to become a Media Spokesperson for Versus Arthritis and thus able to contribute to media commentary in relation to osteoarthritis technology and influence public opinion. - was nominated by Versus Arthritis to become a member of REF 2021 Sub Panel 12. This was accepted and she will be involved in the Assessment Phase of REF which bring an element of cross-disciplinary to REF assessments in appreciation of the challenges to this type of research involving multiple disciplines and patients.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description RSC Commission on future of surgery - C Holt contributed to the Call for Evidence for the "Implications for Future Surgical Technology" document via the Royal Academy of Engineering Biomedical Engineering Panel
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://futureofsurgery.rcseng.ac.uk/?_ga=2.104617412.577568556.1550158526-60008457.1547478615
 
Description EPSRC DTP
Amount £75,000 (GBP)
Organisation Cardiff University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2018 
End 04/2022
 
Description GW4
Amount £11,980 (GBP)
Organisation University of Exeter 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 06/2019
 
Description Product Design Research, Cardiff Metropolitan University 
Organisation Cardiff Metropolitan University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Two network meetings with PDR to define collaborative research; one in particular related to lifestyle monitoring, wearables and patient feedback systems and devices.
Collaborator Contribution Organised the second workshop and joined the OATech+ partners list
Impact A mapping exercise to identify common research goals and cross-fertilisation of expertise and ideas.
Start Year 2016
 
Description School of Healthcare, Cardiff University 
Organisation Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Working with academics in Healthcare to develop further sensor sets and wearables for monitoring of knee and low back pain patients as part of the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at several discussions regarding patient rehabilitation schedules and exercises for total knee replacement. Discussions regarding our development of patent based sensor sets in the lab an clinic before home testing. Contributions to the ethical approval applications and protocols.
Impact IRAS approval for the initial lab based studies with patients.
Start Year 2015
 
Description School of Healthcare, Cardiff University 
Organisation Versus Arthritis
Department Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Working with academics in Healthcare to develop further sensor sets and wearables for monitoring of knee and low back pain patients as part of the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre
Collaborator Contribution Attendance at several discussions regarding patient rehabilitation schedules and exercises for total knee replacement. Discussions regarding our development of patent based sensor sets in the lab an clinic before home testing. Contributions to the ethical approval applications and protocols.
Impact IRAS approval for the initial lab based studies with patients.
Start Year 2015
 
Description 'DARE TO ENGINEER' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A two day workshop designed to showcase areas of engineering. In this case the focus was on medical engineering and using motion capture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description After Dark at the Museum, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, 2018 and 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The School of Engineering has been working with the National Museum of Wales to help bring science and engineering to a wider public. One of their first collaborative events was After Dark at the Museum, a hugely successful night which attracted an audience of more than 1,700 guests.
The guests, which included many families and young children, were treated to a number of hands-on exhibitions and activities as well as tours of the Museum. The Cardiff University Schools of Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy took part in the event as well as volunteers from the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Some of the university research demonstrated included damage detection in aerospace structures, identifying the location of sound, arthritis research, drone technology and energy generation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1013991-after-dark-at-the-museum-a-resounding-success
 
Description BBC Online report for national news 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Cardiff Uni bid to create osteoarthritis 'smart patch'
By Max Evans
BBC News
21 January 2017

Dr Davide Crivelli and Prof Cathy Holt, School of Engineering Cardiff University

Scientists are hoping to create a smart patch which could detect the early onset of osteoarthritis in patients' knees. Cardiff University's team uses damage sensors from aircraft wings to catch subsonic cracking sounds in joints before the disease fully develops. They believe a disposable patch using them could save expensive diagnosis and treatment of advanced osteoarthritis.

This was subsequently reported online and in print in some of the following outlets - Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daliy Express. also the Irish News, Arthritis Digest, ARUK Website, Cardiff University Website

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/757955/Arthritis-patches-breakthrough-detection-treatment-new

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4147568/The-10p-patch-tell-arthritis.html

https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/patches-costing-just-10p-could-9673650

http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/2017/01/24/news/sensors-from-aircraft-wings-are-being-used-to-detect-arthritis-903044/

http://arthritisdigest.co.uk/smart-patch-enable-earlier-detection-osteoarthritis/

https://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/news/general-news/2017/january/new-smart-patch-study-could-aid-early-detection-of-osteoarthritis.aspx

https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/551410-osteoarthritis-smart-patch
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-38604860
 
Description Cardiff Half Marathon - Engagement with Wearable Technology for Exercise and Rehabilitation Monitoring 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A stand at the Cardiff Half Marathon demonstrating the use of research to help experts investigate knee and back conditions. The use of state of the art wearable technology for exercise and rehabilitation monitoring was demonstrated by Dr Philippa Jones as part of the Arthritis research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre at Cardiff. The Cardiff Half attracted over 22,000 runners and 50,000 spectators over the weekend event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/946685-experts-investigate-knee-and-back-conditions
 
Description Chinese undergraduate interactive Medical engineering visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact 15 undergraduate students from China attended The Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility ( 24/01/2019) for an interactive workshop on medical engineering
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Establishing an OATech Network + website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact The OATech Network + website has been established as a tool of engagement, collaboration and multi-disciplinary user communication.
The site offers two portals:
A science portal established for those interested in research in the field of OA, and for the multi-disciplinary Network Partners to interact and collaborate. This is also there to engage with industry, clinicians and policymakers
A public and patient portal established to communicate Network opportunities and findings to the public and patients, offer engagement opportunities and opportunities to influence research, encourage across portal interaction, provide links to OA relevant events, support groups and charities.

Ultimately the website is there is encourage engagement across multiple stakeholder groups, with the aim of sustaining the Network beyond its initial four year period of funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://oatechnetwork.org/
 
Description French School Group workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Secondary School children from France attended a workshop on medical engineering
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Involving Network People Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Patients, carers and/or patient groups
Results and Impact Nine individuals chose to attend a "pitch session" introducing the OATech Network +, as part of the Involving Network People Annual event.
WE had a engaging session with discussion on OA, current management , problems with management, Cardiff University research and the introduction of the Network. We shared personal experiences, engaged in activities organised by myself, had a demo of new technology used in clinical research, and evaluated the newly commissioned Network website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.healthandcareresearch.gov.wales/events/2017/03/01/involving-people-network-annual-meetin...
 
Description Meeting with Versus Arthritis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Operations Group travelled to Versus Arthritis headquarters to engage with the charity on invitation. The Network activities and funding of projects was presented to the charity. This facilitated discussion of overlaps in areas of priorities, and possible collaborations.
The impact reported by Versus Arthritis (Shereen Sabbah) is detailed below:
We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with and update the OATech+ Network leads on our aims as a new Charity, and importantly hear about the Network's numerous activities since its inception and plans for 2019. The discussions which emerged from the meeting have given us a lot 'food for thought' on where some of our activities in the field of Osteoarthritis research would benefit from interaction and engagement with the Network in future. We also look forward to seeing the outcomes of the Network's numerous activities and funded projects upon completion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description OATech+ Network Focus Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Forty-five multi-disciplinary Network Partners and patients attended a professionally facilitated two-day Focus Meeting in Cardiff, to reach a consensus on the Network's Themes, gaps in knowledge and research priorities.Theme leaders led working groups encompassing ten different Themes relating to OA. The outputs were:
The identification of the priority areas for each theme, justification based upon the impact on the rest of the Network, and proposals for meeting these priorities.
Post meeting, the information gathered from each Theme has been collated, shared across the Network, and peer reviewed to establish the immediate actions and resulting activities for the entire Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description OATech+ Session at British Orthopaedic Research Society, Leeds, IMechE Engineering the Knee, London - 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The OATech+ sponsored a session at BORS 2018 in Leeds and IMEchE Knee in London, and flyers were placed around the lecture room.
The BORS Leeds session introduced the OATech+ (Holt) and there were two talks delivered by Sally Roberts - Novel Experimental Technology Theme Leader - on Biology and OA, and by Phil Rowe - CI - on Motion Capture and its use in biomechanics and OA research.
The IMechE Knee London session introduced the OATech+ (Holt) and there were two talks delivered by Debbie Mason - High level Evidence and Impact Toolkit Theme Leader - on Biology and OA, and by Phil Rowe - CI - on Motion Capture and its use in biomechanics and OA research.

Flyers were also placed at the Registration Desk and there was a presence at OARSI, Liverpool, 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description OATech+ network sponsored two sessions at the BioMedEng 2018 conference held in London in September 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact OATech+ network sponsored two sessions at the BioMedEng 2018 conference held in London in September 2018 (https://www.biomedeng18.com/). There was an OATech plenary session with an excellent invited keynote lecture from Professor Kyriacos Athanasiou (https://sites.uci.edu/deltai/) and a separate OATech session of selected high quality research abstracts in the area of OA. The meeting was attended by over 500 delegates representing the largest gathering of UK bioengineers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.biomedeng18.com/
 
Description Public engagement event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A public engagement event was held to increase awareness of osteoarthritis, and the local research being undertaken in this area. The event involved a mixture of activities, and talks, and was led by a third year undergraduate undertaking a project in engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Social Media Accounts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact OATech+ Network social media accounts were established and went live.
Twitter and Facebook were set up to engage with Network Partners, the public, patients and other stakeholders such as industry and clinicians
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019
URL http://twitter.com/OATechNetwork
 
Description Stakeholder engagement poster 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presenting a poster on public engagement and osteoarthritis at the Public Health Wales Research Showcase Bringing Together Health and Social Care: A Revolution in Transformation.
The poster details a public engagement project focused on osteoarthritis, the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility at Cardiff University, and using a logic model to monitor and evaluate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-health-wales-research-showcase-event-bringing-together-health-...
 
Description Stakeholder engagement poster 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An abstract was accepted for a poster presentation, that was subsequently delivered at Physiotherapy UK 2017 (10-11th November 2017), to engage with clinical stakeholders and their patients. Supporting the poster discussions over the two-day conference, handouts of the poster were also given out to promote the purpose of the Network, provide contact information, highlight key areas of research, and to convey the importance of stakeholder engagement to support Network success towards improving patient outcomes. In advance of the conference, the Network website and social media channels advertised that the poster was to be presented. Post conference, social media was used to convey the Network presence at the conference, and website metrics gained from our next digital report will be used to record any increase in Network interest from a social media perspective..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.physiotherapyuk.org.uk/
 
Description Tour of lab by PETIC 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Researchers from PETIC attended to listen to presentations, tour the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Facility and discuss collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Versus Arthritis Media Spokes Person 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact CATHY HOLT - was invited to comment on in a Daily Mail interview regarding different walking styles and altered knee loading. She was Informed that it would be published in the Daily Mail in March 2019. The impacts/outcome have yet to be observed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019