So excited for Dominic, who was offered admission to the School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. He wowed them on his interview and was given an offer on site — no surprise to us!
Tim, Shouan, and Ravi attended the ORS meeting in Phoenix this year. Ravi won a travel award from the OMRF Postdoctoral Training Committee to attend the meeting — we’re thankful for the support, and he took full advantage of the opportunity. Shouan presented his work on Sirtuin 5 and protein malonylation in cartilage, and Tim presented the lab’s work on sex differences and diet in OA pathophysiology. Tim also organized the “Bridging Disciplines for OA Solutions” Research Interest Group session, which focussed on OA pain this year. Tonia Vincent, Rachel Miller, Kyle Allen, and Lisa Carlesso gave talks and served as panelists for full house of ~130 people.
Thrilled to have Dr. Ravi Komaravolu join our lab. Ravi brings with him expertise in vascular biology and lipids, which will be a great asset to our newly funded VA project. Please check out our personnel page for his bio.
We are excited to announce a new grant from the Veterans Administration. This research will help us to determine how intra-articular adipose tissue lipolysis mediates macrophage activation and joint inflammation in post-traumatic osteoarthritis. We will test the hypothesis that exercise reduces osteoarthritis pain through metabolic mechanisms that alter immune cell activation to reduce joint inflammation. This research may lead to new metabolic-based drug therapies that provide safer alternatives to opioids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for reducing osteoarthritis pain.
Thanks to Farsh Guilak and Richard Loeser for organizing this terrific workshop sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and the OREF. Tim gave a lecture on Metabolism, Obesity, and OA, and Shouan attended the workshop, which was held in Chicago. It was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues and for Shouan to network with leaders in the field, including Frank Beier!
In August and September we added two new members to the lab – Dr. Padmaja Mehta-D’souza and Ms. Taylor Block. They bring with them a wealth of expertise in Protein Biochemistry and Lab Animal Management, respectively. Please check out their bios on our personnel page. WELCOME!
We’re thrilled to welcome Kamil Kobak and Anita Jopkiewicz to the lab as our 2019-2020 Polish Student Trainees. Kamil is finishing his doctoral studies in the Laboratory for Applied Research on Cardiovascular System, Department of Heart Diseases, Wroclaw Medical University. Anita is working to complete her Masters degree from the University of Wrocław, Faculty of Biotechnology.