Felix Eckstein, MD

Professor Eckstein is Director of the Institute of Anatomy at Paracelsus Private Medical University, Salzburg Austria, since 2004. His research focuses on the integration of imaging methods for understanding the morphology, function and disease of musculoskeletal tissues, in particular osteoarthritis. In 2010, he received the Clinical Research Award of OARSI, granted at the World Congress of Osteoarthritis in Brussels, Belgium.


Professor Eckstein studied Medicine in Freiburg and Heidelberg, and received scholarships to study at Bristol University (U.K.) and at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). From 1991 through 2004 he worked at the Institute of Anatomy at LMU in Munich, Germany, where he passed his "Habilitation". He was President of the German Society of Biomechanics (DGfB) from 2002 to 2003, board member of the DGfB from 2000 to 2005, Secretary General of the Osteoarthritis Research Society (OARSI) from 2005 to 2006, and board member of OARSI from 2005 to 2010. In 2003, Professor Eckstein founded Chondrometrics GmbH, a spinoff company that produces and licenses software for segmentation and data analysis of cartilage, meniscus, muscle and adipose tissue.


As a board member of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI), Professor Eckstein founded the International Workshop on Imaging in Osteoarthritis in 2007 and organized the first meeting in Ainring, Germany, with 126 participants. He was co-organizer of two subsequent annual workshops in Boston (2008) and Leeds (2009), and organizer of the 5th workshop, which was held in Salzburg, Austria in 2011.


Professor Eckstein has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed international journal articles and more than 20 review articles and book chapters in the field of cartilage and bone research. He serves as Associate Editor of "Cell Tissue Organs" and of "Annals of Anatomy".


Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD

Professor Guermazi is the Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), Boston, MA, United States. He is the founder and Director of the Quantitative Imaging Center (QIC) within the Department of Radiology at BUSM, a research group focusing on Musculoskeletal Radiology and especially magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that provides radiological analysis services for Industry, Foundation or NIH-sponsored trials.


Professor Guermazi's research interest is imaging of musculoskeletal diseases, in particular the diagnosis and disease progression assessment of osteoarthritis using semiquantitative MRI scoring systems. Professor Guermazi has been extremely active and productive in OA research for over a decade and is a long-time OARSI member. He has also been a member of the OARSI Annual Meeting Program Committee since 2011.


Professor Guermazi is a French board-certified radiologist. Prior to joining Boston University, he was Director of the Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group (OARG) at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and then Director of Clinical Research at Synarc, Inc. in San Francisco. Professor Guermazi was a co-organizer of the OA Imaging Workshop in July 2012 in Hilton Head, SC, organized a Symposium on OA imaging in July 2013 in Djerba, Tunisia, and the 7th Workshop in 2014 in Reykjavik, Iceland. As of May 2013. 


Professor Guermazi was appointed the Deputy Editor of the musculoskeletal imaging section for the Radiology journal. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed papers and made numerous scientific presentations at National and International osteoarthritis, rheumatology and radiology meetings.


David Hunter, MBBS, PhD, FRACP

Professor Hunter is the Florance and Cope Chair of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at University of Sydney, and Staff Specialist at Royal North Shore Hospital and North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Australia. He is a rheumatology clinician researcher whose main research focus has been clinical and translational research in osteoarthritis (OA). His research is focused on a number of key elements in OA including (but not limited to) the epidemiology of osteoarthritis, the application of imaging to better understand structure and function with application to both epidemiologic research and clinical trials, novel therapies in disease management and heath service system delivery of chronic disease management.


A native of New Zealand and an Australian citizen, he earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, and Master of Sports Medicine at the University of New South Wales. He completed a fellowship in Rheumatology at the Royal Australian College of Physicians, a Masters of Sports Medicine from UNSW, and earned a Masters of Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) from the University of Newcastle. He established a full-time career in medical research in 1999 and received his PhD in 2001.


Professor Hunter organized the 2nd International Workshop on Imaging in Osteoarthritis in 2008 in Boston and the 6th workshop which was held in Hilton Head in 2012.