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Distinguished Lecture Series

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent and influential guest speakers to Cardiff University and a wider audience to showcase their work.

The series has the specific objective of contributing to the establishment and consolidation of Cardiff's international reputation for academic impact.

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Professor Tom Andriacchi

Professor Tom Andriacchi

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Why haven't we found a treatment for osteoarthritis?

Professor Thomas Andriacchi is a professor in mechanical engineering and orthopedic surgery at Stanford University. His research focuses on the biomechanics of human locomotion and its biomedical applications to artificial joints, sports injury, osteoarthritis, and neuromuscular disorders. He will give the next Cardiff University Distinguished Lecture.

Osteoarthritis, a disease that is associated with disabling joint pain and loss of function, is the most common form of arthritis and the "at risk" population for this condition is growing with an aging population. Yet the primary treatment for osteoarthritis addresses symptoms rather than modifying the course of the disease. This lecture will make the case that future advancements in the treatment of osteoarthritis will require a new conceptual framework that seamlessly integrates mechanical, biological and structural factors associated with the disease. The application of this framework to the development of new treatments and strategies for prevention will be discussed.