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The BBRCVA welcomes its International Scientific Advisory Board to Cardiff

2 September 2019


The Biomechanics and Bioengineering Research Centre Versus Arthritis (BBRCVA), funded by Versus Arthritis and Cardiff University is hosting an International Scientific Advisory Board Meeting over two days.

The BBRCVA was established in 2009 when Versus Arthritis selected Cardiff University to be its prestigious UK Centre of Excellence in Biomechanics and Bioengineering.

Ten years on, the Centre, whose aim is to improve the treatment, diagnosis and rehabilitation of osteoarthritis through interdisciplinary research, continues to work collaboratively between patients, biomedical scientists, engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physiotherapists and the general public to translate research into patient benefits.

Beginning today, the International Scientific Advisory Board Meeting takes place at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University and welcomes renowned professionals from Australia, Belgium and across the UK to sit on a Board.

During the two-day event, Researchers from BBRCVA will present their latest work to the Board and will outline their plans and ambitions for future research.

Board members include:

  • Professor Tim Hardingham, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester (Chair)
  • Professor Ilse Jonkers, Head of the Human Movement Biomechanics Research Group, KU Leuven
  • Professor Chris Little, Director of the Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Research Labs, University of Sydney
  • Professor Mark Wilkinson, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Sheffield and a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Professor Kerry Hood, Director of the UKCRC Registered Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University.
  • Professor Ruth Wilcox, Director of the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Leeds
  • Professor Sue Bale OBE, Director of Research and Development Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Director of the South East Wales Academic Health Science Partnership

Professor Valerie Sparkes, Director of the BBRCVA, Cardiff University, said;

‘We are delighted to welcome members of our International Scientific Advisory Board to Cardiff University. This meeting provides us with an opportunity to showcase our research and to gain perspectives to our work which will help us to advance our knowledge to understand and to tackle this life-altering disease.’

The meeting precedes the fifth combined Bone Research Society and British Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting which takes place at Cardiff University later in the week. Three members of the International Scientific Advisory Board; Professor Chris Little, Professor Ilse Jonkers and Professor Mark Wilkinson will also be key speakers at this event.

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