The Bone and Joint Decade is guided by an International Coordinating Council (ICC) of experts from various geographical regions and disciplines. The diversity of the ICC includes rheumatologists, researchers, orthopaedic surgeons, patient advocates, trauma specialists, rehabilitation, and emergency medicine specialists from across the globe. The countries they represent are Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
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Professor Anthony Woolf is Professor of Rheumatology, Institute of Health Care Research, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and Consultant Rheumatologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, UK. He is Visiting Professor in Musculoskeletal Science, Faculty of Medicine, Lund Universty, Sweden, and a member of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare in Musculoskeletal Disorders, Lund University Hospital, Sweden. He qualified from the London Hospital Medical College, and trained in rheumatology at Hammersmith Hospital, Guy’s Hospital, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and Bristol Royal Infirmary.
His special interests are in the burden of musculoskeletal conditions, the management of musculoskeletal conditions, medical education and osteoporosis on which he has written widely. He is involved in various initiatives to raise awareness of the impact of musculoskeletal conditions and priority for education, prevention, treatment and research at a national, European and global level. He is a founder member of the Bone and Joint Decade and Chair of the International Coordinating Council. He has been and President of the European Board of Rheumatology and of the Section of Rheumatology of the UEMS and Chair of the National Osteoporosis Society, UK. He is Editor-in-Chief of Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology. He leads the Bone and Joint Monitor Project, a global health needs assessment that provides the evidence base for the Decade; edited the WHO Report on the Burden of Musculoskeletal conditions at the Start of the New Millennium; and coordinated the European Bone and Joint Health Strategies project. He is co-lead of the Musculoskeletal Expert Group currently revising the Global Burden of Disease and co-chair of the WHO Musculoskeletal Topic Advisory Group that is revising ICD 10. He is leading the European Musculoskeletal Surveillance and Information Network – a new initiative supported by the European Community to promote a comprehensive strategy to minimise the impact of musculoskeletal conditions across Europe. He is coordinating the development of EULAR recommendations for the management of osteoporosis associated with inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions.
Dr Åkesson is professor of Orthopedics at the Department of Orthopedics at Malmö University Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, Lund University, Sweden. Dr Åkesson is a member of the Faculty board and currently chairing the appointment committee at the Faculty of Medicine, Lund University. Prior appointments include faculty counselor of the clinical research post-graduate program, 2000-2006 and board member and vice-chair of the research education committee. She is a member of the Swedish Research Council review board in medicine and the Royal Physiographic Society.
Dr Åkesson graduated from Lund University, became board certified orthopaedic surgeon and was awarded a Ph.D. degree in medicine/orthopaedics from Lund University in 1995, which was followed by a fellowship at the Bone Metabolism Research unit at Loma Linda University, California. Her clinical focus was initially joint replacement surgery, followed by osteoporosis and fragility fractures. She has established the osteoporosis clinic at Malmö University Hospital to become the leading osteoporosis unit in the region. Dr Åkesson is engaged in translational bone research to identify risk factors for osteoporosis and fracture in women.
Dr Åkesson is a founding member of the Bone and Joint Decade and member of the international steering committee, and member of the International Osteoporosis Foundation committee of scientific advisors, chairing the IOF working-group on fractures, and member of the European Calcified Tissue Society Professional practise committee. She is co-chair of the WHO Collaborating Center for Evidence-based Health Care in Musculoskeletal Disorders, Lund University, Department of Orthopedics and is past board member of the Swedish Orthopedic Association. She has served as advisor to the Swedish Medical Product Agency and Board on Health and Welfare. She is deputy member of the editorial board of Acta Orthopedica, member of European Orthopaedics and Traumatology and associate editor of BMC Geriatrics
Karsten Dreinhöfer is a professor in orthopaedics and traumatology, and specialized in rehabilitation, social medicine, physical therapy, emergency medicine, osteology (DVO), chiropractic therapy and health economy (ebs).
After studying in Hannover and Boston (USA), he completed his specialist training in Trauma Surgery at Hannover Medical School, the Department of Orthopaedics in Lund (Sweden) and the Department of Orthopaedics, Ulm University.
Starting in 1997, he served on the European Board of Johnson & Johnson Orthopaedics for 2 years. In 2001 he became Deputy Head of the Department of Orthopaedics, Ulm University.
In 2009 he has been appointed as head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at Medical Park Humboldtmühle Berlin. He was also appointed to the Chair of musculoskeletal prevention, rehabilitation and health services research at the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery in cooperation with the Center for Sports Science and Sports Medicine, Berlin (CSSB) at Charité University of Medicine and the Humboldt University.
He is a member of the Executive Board of the Professional Association of Specialists in Orthopaedic and Traumatology (BVOU) and the Board of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT). He is president-elect of the Annual Conference of the BVOU in 2011 and EFORT in 2012.
Karsten Dreinhöfer has served as Director of Development for the Bone and Joint Decade International since 1999, and as secretary of the German network of the Bone and Joint Decade since 2000. He is a member of the WHO Global Burden of Disease Project “Musculoskeletal Conditions”, the BJD Road Safety Committee and the BJD Musculoskeletal Educational Task Force
Karsten Dreinhöfer is founding member and treasurer of the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN). In addition, he is the chairman of the “Invest in Your Bone Campaign Germany” of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and Speaker of the National Initiative Against Osteoporosis (NIO).
His main scientific interests are in the areas of health service research, clinical epidemiology, health economy and rehabilitation research.
Dr. Manjul Joshipura is currently President of IATSIC (International Association of Trauma Surgery and Surgical Intensive Care) and Director of Academy of Traumatology (India). He served at WHO HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, leading the global programme on Trauma Care until 2013. During his tenure at WHO he made significant contribution to research, policy development, advocacy and quality improvement programmes in trauma care. He also edited WHO documents on Essential Trauma Care, Trauma QI programmes and Pre-hospital care.
Dr. Joshipura is a medical graduate from Gujarat University, India and had his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Gujarat University teaching hospitals at Ahmedabad, India. He had his higher surgical training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Cambridge and Norwich in England. He was awarded Rowan Nicks Scholarship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Trauma Surgery and was Honorary Senior Lecturer in Surgery of Trauma at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He was Medical Director and Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon at Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad with interest in surgery of orthopaedic trauma and joint replacement.
He serves on board of AO Education Foundation and on International Editorial Board of the journal ‘Injury’ and has large number of international publications, book chapters and editorials in leading surgical journals.
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Professor and Chief of Department of Rheumatology and Immunology,
Director of Clinical Immunology Center, Beijing University,
Director , Institute of Rheumatology and Immunology, People’s Hospital, Beijing University, Beijing, China.
He is the President of Clinical Immunology Association of China, the Past President of Chinese Rheumatology Association and the Past President of Asian and Pacific League Against Rheumatism (APLAR), the Associate Editor of Clinical Rheumatology and International Journal of Rheumatic Disease. He is also the Chief Editor of Chinese Journal of Rheumatology. He serves on the editorial boards of Ann Rheum Dis, Rheumatology, Nat Rev Rheum, Clin Exp Rheum, Curr Opin Rheum. He has received a number of national and international acclaim for his research in rheumatology.
Prof. Li has had a long standing interest in cellular immunology and genetics in rheumatology arthritis, with the focus on study of the molecular mechanisms involved in RA pathogenesis, particularly on HLA-DRB1 molecules, novel autoantigens and T cells. His research group has published over 400 articles on peer reviewed journals in Rheumatology and Immunology, e.g. Nat Med, Cell Host Microbe, Immunity, Ann Internal Med, Nat Rev Rheum, Arthritis Rheumatology, and Annals Rheumatic Disease. He has also contributed to 31 rheumatological textbooks and book chapters..
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Professor Lyn March is the Liggins Professor of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology at the University of Sydney and Institute of Bone and Joint Research and a Senior Staff Specialist in Rheumatology at Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, Australia. For the past 5 years Lyn lead the MSK Expert Group for the Global Burden of Diseases study that highlighted MSK disorders as one the world’s leading causes of disability. She now Chairs the Bone and Joint Decade Surveillance Task Force. Lyn is a Board member for the International Fragility Fracture Network and a member of the Executive of the international rheumatology clinical trial outcomes OMERACT group. For the past 4 she has been co-chair of the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation’s MSK Clinician Network that has developed and implemented chronic disease management models of care for a range of conditions including knee and hip OA, osteoporotic fractures, juvenile arthritis and acute low back pain. Lyn has an active public and private rheumatology practice and a passion for teaching and research.
Shuichi Matsuda is a professor and chairman at Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kyoto University. He graduated from medial school of Kyushu University (Japan) in 1990, followed by his specialist training in orthopedic surgery at the Kyushu University hospital and the affiliated hospitals. He took a research fellowship at Barnes West Hospital, Washington University in St Louis (USA). He completed his PhD thesis on knee kinematics in 2002.
Dr.Matsuda has been appointed as assistant and associate professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kyushu University (1997-2011). In 2012, he was appointed as chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Kyoto University, second oldest University in Japan. He was also appointed to the Chair of Department of Rehabilitation, Kyoto University Hospital.
His main scientific interests are osteoarthritis, cartilage regeneration, knee biomechanics, computer simulation, especially regarding total knee arthroplasty. He has published more than 180 peer reviewed articles. He became the first active member of the American Knee Society from Aisan countries. He also serves a Knee Committee of ISAKOS, Global Board of ICJR (International Congress for Joint Reconstruction), and he is member of many international societies such as Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS), AAOS, ORS, AAHKS, ICRS, etc.
Dr.Matsuda also serves as the editor of the International Cancer Conference Journal, the associate editor of CORR and The Knee, and he is on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthopaedic Science, International journal of Clinical Oncology, Knee Surgery and Related Research, and Arthropaedia.
Professsor Girish M Mody is a graduate of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine of the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. He is also a Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa since 1980 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 1987. In 1991 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Royal College of Physicians of London and as an International Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology in 1994. He is the Aaron Beare Family Professor of Rheumatology at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine since 1992. He was elected as a Fellow of the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in 2002 and is a Senior Professor at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal since 2006.
He served as President of the South Africa Rheumatism and Arthritis Association from 1990-1992, President of the African League Against Rheumatism from 1999 to 2003 and as a member of the Executive committee of the International League of Associations for Rheumatology from 1995 to 2003. He has been extensively involved in promoting rheumatology education in Africa and has participated in all of the African League of Associations for Rheumatology congresses over the past 20 years. .
He currently serves as Associate Editor of Clinical Rheumatology and is a member of the Editorial Board of Best Practice and Research in Clinical Rheumatology. He served on the Editorial Board of Rheumatology from 1990 to 2008. His research interests have included rheumatoid arthritis, sysytemic lupus erythematosus, gout and arthritis associated with infections. His publications have appeared in many of the leading international rheumatology journals, and he has been invited to present at National and International Congresses.
Professor Mody serves as Chairman of the National Action Network of South Africa for the United Nations endorsed Bone and Joint Decade 2000 – 2010 since 2002 and was elected as an Ambassador by the International Steering Committee in 2001. He is also involved in out reach programs for health professionals and the community in Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa and Africa.
Dr Musafir was born in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.
He has post graduations in Sports Medicine – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Labor Medicine – Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, MBA Health Executive – UFRJ – COPPEAD, and a Master in Orthopedics and Trauma, UFRJ.
His research preferences are in Biomechanics of Impact on Road Traffic Injuries, Minimally Invasive Surgery and DCO – Damage Control Orthopedics.
Dr Musafir has 8 fellowships in 3 Continents.
He was the Head of the Trauma Center of Miguel Couto University Hospital from 1988 – 1996 and the Past President of Brazilian Orthopedic Association (SBOT) in 2007.
Dr. Musafir is Member of the International Steering Committee – The Bone and Joint Decade since 2002 and member of several National and International Associations (AAOS; SLAOT; EFORT, etc.). 2008-2009 he was the Medical Officer at WHO in Geneva in Trauma and MSK Disorders.
Dr. Musafir has written chapters in 8 different books in Brazil and he is the author of the “Fractures Classification Book”-2.000.
Dr. Musafir got the award as the Best Association President of all Brazilian Medical Associations in 2007, Surgeon of the Year in Rio 2008, BJD Ambassador in 2009 and 32 others titles.
Mrs. Lillian Mwaniki is the current Executive Secretary for the Association for Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases of Kenya [AARD]. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi and a diploma from the Kenya School of Law. She is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 30 years of experience in the legal profession. She also holds a diploma in Theology and is the current Secretary for her local church.
She has worked with the Government of Kenya in an advisory capacity in the Ministry of Co-operative Development. She has also worked as a legal adviser and in managerial capacity with Kenyan financial institutions and International banks like Citibank Na. prior to establishment of her private practice where she specializes in conveyancing. As a member of the Kenya Law Society she has served on the Conveyancing committee which links up the legal fraternity with the government on issues relating to land law.
She is one of the founder members of the Kenya Arthritis Organization [AARD] an Association she has served in for eight years and was the draftsman for the Constitution of the Association. She has continued to passionately champion awareness of musculoskeletal diseases campaign in Kenya and was actively involved in obtaining the government of Kenya’s endorsement to the Bone and Joint initiative.
Equipped through the BJD patient advocacy, Lillian has taken the advocacy portfolio in the arthritis organization. She has successfully been part of the process in persuasion of the government to implement the BJD initiative towards the initial commencement of data collection to support research on arthritis in Kenya and establishment of arthritis clinics. One of her aspirations is to see the national health policy of her Country move a higher notch providing the very best particularly in arthritis and all musculoskeletal diseases.
Margareta Nordin,Dr. Med. Sci., PT, CIE
Dr. Nordin is Professor (Research), Departments of Orthopaedics and Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine, New York University (NYU), New York, NY, USA, Vice President of the World Spine Care (WSC) and Chair of the Task Force Research (TFR) EuroSpine.
She is the founder and past Director of the Occupational & Industrial Orthopaedic Centre (OIOC), NYU Langone Medical Center and the Past Program Director of the Program of Ergonomics and Biomechanics, Graduate School of Arts and Science, NYU (1984-2012). She has been a panel member of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research for (AHCPR) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Acute Low Back Problems in Adults (1990-1994), the Quebec Task Force on Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) (1992-1995), the Paris Task Force on Exercises and Low Back Pain (1996-1998) and the Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck pain and its Associated Disorders (2000-2007). Dr. Nordin was the President for the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) in 1999-2000. Dr. Nordin has won numerous awards including the Volvo Award, the Arthritis Foundation Award, and the Grammer European Spine Journal Award for best basic science paper. She has published more than 200 scientific articles and reviews. Dr. Nordin is the author and editor of several books in biomechanics and musculoskeletal disorders. She has advised and/or examined 36 PhDs and Drs.Med.Sci. in 10 countries, many of them now leaders in the field of prevention of musculoskeletal disability. Dr. Nordin has been a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Mauretania and Brazil, and is currently visiting Professor at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, the Chinese University in Hong Kong, Hong Kong and Adjunct Professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Nordin’s primary interests are to prevent disability and promote work ability, function and quality of life for musculoskeletal disorders with a focus on spine. Dr. Nordin is currently working with several projects focusing on evidence based medicine, transfer of knowledge to different cultures and adaptation, and how to develop guidelines into health promoting policies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Skrolsvik has worked both as Chairman and as NAN Coordinator for BJD in Norway. He has participated in the international BJD congresses in Ottawa, Durban, Gold Coast and Washington. He has a genuine will to contribute for the BJD Worldwide in the years to come.
Starting in 2000 Jack Skrolsvik was appointed General Secretary in the Norwegian Rheumatism Association in 2004. His main concern is the patient. Over time Jack Skrolsvik established close relations with the political arena in Norway. In addition he has been involved in the Nordic Rheuma Council and met with many Nordic politicians in this respect – both The Nordic Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers. He also has established close relations with the medical society, the Norwegian Medicines Agency, and relevant units such as the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the Directorate for Health Affairs.
His background is as indicated information and communications. He therefore will, in the coordinating committee initiate two main aspects.
1 -Advocate for the users/user perspective.
2 -Streamline and differentiate the BJD message/idea according to different target audiences.
Jack Skrolsvik started his professional career as an assistant Account Manager in the advertising business. He worked in Philips Electronics for more than 14 years as Marketing Manager. He coordinated Nordic activities from Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He involved himself in activities for the Institute of International Research, the Norwegian Marketing Congress and also Norwegian Advertisers Association. This both as speaker and as Organizing Manager. He went back to the advertising side and acted as Senior Account Manager for big Norwegian and international companies such as Orkla (Norwegian), SAS (Scandinavian), Novartis, Mets Tissue (Finnish), Jernia, Norwegian banks, Norsk Hydro/Yara, Procter & Gamble, Bang & Olufsen (Danish) and Mental Health Norway.
Jack Skrolsvik graduated with a Diploma in Information and Marketing from the Norwegian Institute of Marketing and Information – later part of the Business Institute of Norway. He studied International Marketing in The Netherlands run the University of Brussels and studied Action Marketing in Rambouillet and Paris in France.
Josef S. Smolen received his degree from the University of Vienna, Austria, and trained at the Institute of Immunology, University of Vienna, under Carl Steffen, and at the 2nd Department of Medicine under Georg Geyer. He held a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, with Alfred Steinberg and John Decker.
Since 1989 Dr. Smolen serves as Chairman of the 2nd Department of Medicine – Center of Rheumatic Diseases, Hietzing Hospital, Vienna. In 1995, he became Chairman of the Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine III, Medical University of Vienna, where he also chairs the Department of Medicine III since 2007.
Josef Smolen is a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and has served in various positions in national and international societies, such as President of the European League against Rheumatism. He is also a co-editor of rheumatology textbooks and editorial board member of several journals. He is an honorary member of several national rheumatological societies, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and received an honorary doctorate from Lund University.
Josef Smolen’s major research interests concern the pathogenesis as well as outcomes and translational research and novel therapeutic approaches in rheumatic diseases.
in HCMC, VN; Head of Spinal Surgery Department A, Hospital for Trauma-Orthopedics, HCMC, Viet Nam (1994- 2009); as Chairman- has organized 22 International Spine Meetings in HCMC, VN (1996- 2009) including 7 Spine Symposiums and 15 Annual Spine Meetings of the Spine Society of HCMC, VN (SSHV) combined with Live Surgeries since 2006; contributed 43 local publications and 42 National papers and lectures; presented 32 International Papers Presentation. He is current President- Vietnam Orthopedic Association;
President- Spine Society of HCMC, VN and Fomer President- ASEAN Orthopedic Association 2007-2008 and Members of different International Academic Associations and Societies.
Dr. James Waddell was born in Alberta and graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 1967. He did his postgraduate training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Toronto and assumed a staff position at St. Michael’s Hospital in 1973.
He has occupied a number of positions at St. Michael’s Hospital including Surgeon-in-Chief and Medical Director of the Trauma Program; he completed 10 years as the Professor& Chairman, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of Toronto in June of 2006. He has also occupied a number of positions in the Canadian Orthopaedic Association including President. He has just completed his 10 year term as the Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Surgery.
He is currently the Chair of the Expert Panel for Orthopaedic Surgery for the Province of Ontario and he remains the Coordinator for the National Action Network for the Bone & Joint Decade in Canada, a position he has occupied since 2000. He also is the Co-Chair of the National Hip and Knee Knowledge Translation Network.
Dr. Weinstein is an NIH funded researcher. He has published more than 180 scientific articles in peer review journals on a wide variety of pediatric orthopaedic conditions. His research work has focused on spinal deformity in children, children’s hip and foot problems, and the natural history and long-term outcome of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. He has edited three major textbooks including The Pediatric Spine: Principles and Practice; Lovell and Winter’s Pediatric Orthopaedics and Turek’s Orthopaedics. Dr. Weinstein’s many contributions to orthopaedics have been recognized by his receipt of the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Zimmer Award for Distinguished Achievement in Orthopaedic Research; The Kappa Delta /Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Clinical Research Award; The Russel Hibbs Award for Clinical Research given by the Scoliosis Research Society; The Arthur H. Heune Memorial Award, given by the St. Giles Foundation and The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the Alfred R. Shands, Sr., MD Award, presented by the Orthopaedic Research Society and The American Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Weinstein was a recipient of an American, British, Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship in 1985. He has been honored for his contributions to Orthoapedic Surgery by honorary memberships in National Orthopaedic Associations around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Great Britain, Thailand and Argentina. In 2007 he was made a Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Dr Weinstein is past president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The American Orthopaedic Association, The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, The United States National Action Network of the International Bone and Joint Decade and The International Center for Orthopaedic Education (ICOE). He has served as an Associate Editor and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Contact: email@example.com