14th International Workshop on Osteoarthritis Imaging 

Study Designs

Paracelsus Medical University (PMU)

Salzburg, Austria

Chairperson: Felix Eckstein, MD

Scientific Advisory Board


Dawn Aitken, PhD
Senior Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research,
University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia


Leticia Deveza, MD/PhD
Research Fellow, Department of Rheumatology, Royal North Shore Hospital and Institute of Bone & Joint Research, Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.


Thomas Link, MD/PhD
Professor of Radiology, Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Clinical Director Musculoskeletal & Quantitative Imaging Research, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA


Sven Nebelung, MD/PhD
Head, Musculoskeletal Imaging Group, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology,
Medical Faculty, University of Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany


Anja Niehoff, PhD
Head, Department of Tissue Mechanics & Mechanobiology,
German Sport University Cologne, Köln, Germany

Pharma Industry Advisory Board


Henri Deckx, MD
Senior Director, Clinical Development Leader GLPG1972 Galapagos Belgium


Markus John, MD

Franchise Head Immunology & Ophthalmology, Global Product Development Medical Affairs (PDMA) Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel, Switzerland

Dae-Won Kim, PhD

CEO  & Professor at Yonsei University of Seoul
ICM Co., Ltd., Seoul, Republic of Korea

Chris Ladel, PhD
Director Translational Medicine, Expert Lead
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany


Maria Puyeo, MD/PhD
Project Director, Center for Therapeutic Innovation Immuno-Inflammatory Diseases,Institut de Recherches Internationales Servier, Suresnes, France


Christopher Swearingen, PhD
Vice President, Clinical Outcomes and Analytics
Samumed, LLC, San Diego, CA, USA


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Focus Topics of the 2020 IWOAI

  • Design of Clinical Trials on Symptom Modification

  • Design of Clinical Trials on Structure Modification (DMOADs)

  • Design of Novel Image Acquisition Approaches

  • Design of Novel Image Segmentation Approaches

  • Mechano-Imaging: Design of Studies on Interaction between Mechanics and Joint Structures

  • Symptom-Imaging: Design of Studies on Interaction between Symptoms and Joint Structures

Draft Program

Day 1
Wednesday September 09


Registration open and lunch





Conferenzia Principale Oral Session 1

Christine West, Senior Director,
Neuroscience & Pain Clinical Development, Pfizer, MI, USA
Design of Clinical Trials on Symptom Modification - Lessons Learned from Anti-NGF Programs


Conferenzia Aperitivo Oral Session 2

Neal Bangerter, PhD, Associate Professor of Bioengineering,
Imperial College London, UK
Design of Novel Image Acquisition Approaches - Current Experience with 7 Tesla

Day 2
Thursday September 10


Conferenzia Principale (Oral Session 3)                                            
Hans Gühring, MD, Director, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Design of Clinical Trials on Structure Modification - Lessons Learned from Sprifermin & Other Programs


Conferenzia Aperitivo (Oral Session 4)                                             
Akshay Chaudhari, PhD; Instructor,
Department of Radiology, Stanford University, CA, USA
Novel Image Segmentation Approaches - Lessons Learned from Deep Learning Designs

Day 3
Friday September 11



Conferenzia Principale                                                                        
Dirk Strunk, MD/PhD; Professor & Director;

Institute for Experimental & Clinical Cell Therapy, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria
Stem Cell Therapy - General Principles and Application to Osteoarthritis



Conferenzia Aperitivo (Oral Session 5)                                             
Anna-Maria Liphardt, PhD; Workgroup Leader
Musculoskeletal Function & Mechanobiology, Rheumatology and Immunology Clinic,
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Mechano-Imaging - Imaging Application to Space Flight


Conferenzia Aperitivo (Oral Session 6)                                             
Frank Roemer, MD; Professor of Radiology, Chief Section Musculoskeletal Research,  Department of Radiology; Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany & Adjunct Professor of Radiology, Co-Director Quantitative Imaging Center (QIC), Department of Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA 


Clinical Outcomes & Translation of Structure Modification to Clinical Benefit



Conferenzia Digestivo (Podium Discussion)                                      
Lessons Learned on the Design of Clinical Trial Programs and the Path to Regulatory Approval
Moderator: TBD

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Day 4
Saturday September 12

Tour to the Predigtstuhl (1650m)

Ride with the Predigtstuhlbahn, Germany’s oldest cable car (1927)
from Bad Reichenhall: https://www.predigtstuhlbahn.de/en/home.
Approx. 15 min walk to the mountain restaurant Schlegelmulde.
Excursion to the Hochschlegel and Karkopf for those motivated to hike. Reunite at Mountain Restaurant Schlegelmulde for lunch. Enjoy the afternoon and take the cable car or walk back down to Bad Reichenhall.

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Day 5
Sunday September 13

Tour to the Watzmann (2650m)

For those interested in serous hiking, and pending weather, we will offer climbing the Watzmannhaus at 1930 m altitude starting from Berchtes-gaden https://www.alpenverein-muenchen-oberland.de/watzmannhaus,
potentially also the Watzmann – Hocheck summit at 2650m altitude

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