Dr Julia Kuliwaba from the Directorate of Anatomical Pathology was awarded “Best Basic Science Free Paper for 2014” for her paper “The pathophysiology of subchondral bone in postmenopausal knee osteoarthritis: microdamage accumulation, osteocyte cell deficiency and bone marrow hypervascularity” at the Australian Rheumatology Association 55th Annual Scientific Meeting held 17-20 May 2014 in Hobart, Tasmania.

COTR would like to congratulate Dr Kuliwaba on her success.

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 Participants at the 8th Clare Bone meeting

An excellent 8th Clare Bone Meeting, part sponsored by COTR, and organised by David Findlay, Gerald Atkins, Tony Pohl and Paul Anderson, was held at the end of March. The meeting boasted a wonderful national and international faculty, the latter including Prof Paola Pajevic from Harvard University, Boston; Prof Marie-Hélène Lafage Proust from Saint Etienne, France, Prof Astrid Bakker From Amsterdam, and Prof  Rene St Arnaud from Montreal, Canada. Attendees included researchers, clinicians and industry representatives from across Australia, as well as four British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) Fellows, who made the Clare meeting and COTR the feature of their time in Australia. The meeting was again voted an outstanding success in terms of the science presented, the friendships and collaborations confirmed and begun and the linking of research to the clinic. Further details, including the program, are available from

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Participants in the China-Australia Musculoskeletal alliance talks

A delegation of 7 Professors from the University of Adelaide, the University of Sydney, and the University of Western Australia was invited by the University of Hong Kong and the Shenzen Institutes of Advanced Technology and Chinese Academy of Sciences, to promote joint research between China and Australia in the Musculoskeletal disciplines.

COTR’s own Professor David Findlay and Associate Professor David Haynes (School of Medical Sciences) represented the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide. During April 4-7, excellent symposia were held in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, giving us the opportunity to showcase the musculoskeletal research being performed at the University of Adelaide, and to see first-hand the work being done by our colleagues in Hong Kong and China.

In addition, talks were held to identify areas of mutual interest that can form the basis of ongoing collaborative efforts between our institutes. These led to commitments to further relationship-building visits, student exchange and joint research initiatives. Importantly, the visit resulted in the establishment of the China-Australia Musculoskeletal Alliance to develop and promote research collaboration to address major issues in musculoskeletal conditions.

– originally written by Professor David Findlay
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The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society annual meetings were both held in New Orleans in March this year. The meetings were well attended by COTR members, including A/Prof Michael Sandow, A/Prof Greg Bain, A/Prof Gerald Atkins, A/Prof Bogdan Solomon, Caroline Moran, Stuart Callary, and Prof Donald Howie, who was an invited speaker. COTR members gave talks and presented posters on the following:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons talks:

  • Wear of large metal on highly cross-linked polyethylene articulations measured by RSA. SA Callary, OT Holubowycz, DW Howie.
  • Osteolysis and wear of large and standard metal on HXLPE articulations. DW Howie, OT Holubowycz, C Moran, LB Solomon.
  • Migration of trabecular metal acetabular revision components measured by RSA. DW Howie, J Abrahams, SA Callary, LB Solomon.

Orthopaedic Research Society posters:

  • Migration of trabecular metal acetabular revision components measured by RSA
  • The potential role of RSA in understanding the pathology of pelvic ring disruptions
  • Wear of large metal on highly cross-linked polyethylene articulations measured by RSA
  • Osteolysis and Wear of Large and Standard Metal on HXLPE Articulations
  • Effect of irradiation on allograft in a sheep model of femoral impaction grafting IBG
  • Early Wear Of 36 Mm Compared With 28 Mm Metal On Highly Cross-linked Polyethylene Total Hip Replacements

Prof Howie was invited to take part in a symposium at AAOS with 15 international orthopaedic experts on “Hot Topics and Controversies in Revision THA”. He gave a talk on Large Heads for All Revisions Despite Taper Corrosion.

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COTR Official Opening

The Centre’s official opening will be held at the National Wine Centre of Australia on October 23rd, 2013. Orthopods, researchers and affiliates are warmly invited to attend. The Centre gives recognition to the history of excellence in bone and joint research undertaken at the University of Adelaide across all of its teaching hospitals and at affiliated institutions. There will be presentations […]

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Dr Julia Kuliwaba is the recipient of an International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS) 2013 Sun Valley Young Investigator Award – the Alice L. Jee Award –for her research that is investigating the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis. The award was presented at the 43rd International Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology, Sun Valley, Idaho, 4-7 August 2013.

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The University of Adelaide today welcomed a Federal Government grant of $60m to support construction of its new medical school building in Adelaide’s West-End, announced by Prime Minister Julia Gillard. The University will construct a new clinical health building, bringing the schools of Medicine and Nursing together, next to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and the South Australian Medical Research […]

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Management of long-term bone health is emerging as a critical aspect of comprehensive cancer care. Bone is the most common site of metastasis and is associated with substantial pain, morbidity, and lower quality of life. Skeletal involvement is associated with increasing rates of fracture, spinal cord compromise, hypercalcemia, and greater need for radiation or surgery. Bone health is severely compromised […]

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“Death rates from the fractures due to osteoporosis are greater than those from heart attacks, strokes, and breast cancer combined in women” J Bohannon. Osteoporosis’ Silent Risk. Endocrine News, March 2013

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