About Asian OsteoArthritis Network

Osteoarthritis is going to be one of the most important causes of locomotor disability this century. With the twin risk factors of rising obesity and an ageing population, this problem will be an enormous burden on society. It will consume enormous amounts of an affluent nation’s budget and potentially stifle poor nations. The needs are great and when one looks at the figures and that which looms ahead, the task is daunting indeed.

At the APLAR scientific meeting in Hong Kong in 2010, a group of us decided that it was time to get together and start a dialogue. We felt the need to raise the profile of Osteoarthritis and get people to act on it. In October 2011, the first Asia OA conference was hosted in Singapore. In this gathering of health professionals, general public and health administrators, we had meaningful discussions on the subject. The Asia OA network was formed to raise awareness, to rally stakeholders to take positive steps to combat this epidemic. We wish to encourage collaborative research in the region and share experiences amongst ourselves. It is hoped that this exchange of ideas and ideals will generate positive action in Asia and benefit most, those suffering from this disabling condition.

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  A/Prof Keith Lim

Representing the Asia OA Network:

Pao Hsii FENG
Singapore
Kok Yong FONG
Singapore
Rohini HANDA
India
Atiqul HAQ
Bangladesh
David HUNTER
Australia
Qing JIANG
China
CS LAU
Hong Kong SAR
Albert LEUNG
Australia
Katy Ying Ying LEUNG
Singapore
Anita LIM
Singapore
Lian Arn LIM
Singapore
Keith LIM
Australia
Jianhao LIN
China
Cecilia PADANG
Indonesia
Ester PENSERGA
Philippines
Carol TAN
Singapore
Julian THUMBOO
Singapore
Saranatra WAIKAKUL
Thailand
Tadashi YASUDA
Japan
Swan Sim YEAP
Malaysia

Advisors:

Prof Philip Conaghen
United Kingdom
Prof Paul Dieppe
United Kingdom
Prof Virginia Kraus
USA
Prof Stefan Lohmander
Sweden