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An interesting paper by OActive Project partner CERTH about the “Physical Activity as a Risk Factor in the Progression of Osteoarthritis: A Machine Learning Perspective” is now published in the conference proceedings of the “International Conference on Learning and Intelligent Optimization LION 2020: Learning and Intelligent Optimization”.

Abstract

“Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) comes with a variety of symptoms’ intensity, frequency and pattern. Most of the current methods in KOA diagnosis are very expensive commonly measuring changes in joint morphology and function. So, it is very important to diagnose KOA early, which can be achieved with early identification of significant risk factors in clinical data. Our objective in this paper is to investigate the predictive capacity of physical activity measures as risk factors in the progression of KOA. In order to achieve this, a machine learning approach is proposed here for KOA prediction using features extracted from an accelerometer bracelet. Various ML models were explored for their suitability in implementing the learning task on different combinations of feature subsets. Results up to 74.5% were achieved indicating that physical activity measured by accelerometers may constitute an important risk factor for KOA progression prediction especially if it is combined with complementary data sources”.

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The OActive online training session on “Advanced personalised, multi-scale computer models preventing OsteoArthritis” has come to an end!  We would like to thank the presenters as well as the participants. Our thanks also to the over 200 registered end users.
Training material can be found here.
The video recording is also available on YouTube for those that did not have the chance to attend.  
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The OActive project is organising a training seminar aiming to “Engage end users to the OActive world“, which will be held ONLINE on 29th of May.

The training session will bring together EU and national representatives from:
– the medical care industry
– General public (Individuals, OA patients, elderly, athletes),
– Regulatory authorities (Ministries of health, organisations, orthopaedic associations, etc.)
– Research & education communities

OActive targets patient specific prediction and interventions by using a combination of biomarkers, behavioural modelling, mechanistic computational models, simulations and big data analytics. Scientists from well-established institutes around Europe (including University of Nicosia, LEITAT, KULeuven, Smartex, Liverpool John Moores University, CERTH, University of Patras, RIMED) will give lectures during the training. Participants will be able to raise questions to the panel of experts.

To attend the training please follow the above link to register until 28th of May 2020.

For registration visit here

Participants will be able to attend the meeting for FREE. The training will be organized via an online platform, which will be provided upon registration.

For more information take a look at the agenda: 

 

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Τhe InSilc  project, one of the projects the OActive Project  is clustering with, is organising a special track (TR22: In silico trials and Clinical Biomechanicsthe) at the 6th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics in Milan taking place from 12 to 15 July 2020. Check it out https://esbiomech.org/conference/esb2020.

The aim of InSilc is to develop an in-silico clinical trial (ISCT) platform for designing, developing and assessing drug-eluting bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS), by building on the comprehensive biological and biomedical knowledge and advanced modelling approaches to simulate their implantation performance in the individual cardiovascular physiology. Visit 

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Our Partner Ri.MED has just got a paper out in the journal Biofabrication (IF 7.236)
I. Chiesa, C. De Maria, A. Lapomarda, G.M. Fortunato, F. Montemurro, R. Di Gesù, R.S. Tuan, G. Vozzi, R. Gottardi. “Endothelial cells support osteogenesis in an in vitro vascularized bone model developed by 3D bioprinting.” Biofabrication. Published online ahead of printing. Visit link: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1758-5090/ab6a1d

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The OActive project 24M meeting took place in Palermo on 25th of November 2019 hosted by Ri.MED. All partners presented the work performed and their future plans. Ri.MED offered a guided tour of the consortium in its premises.

On 26th of November a training session was organised by AXIA Innovation with the support of Project Coordinator from University of Nicosia and Ri.MED. A training session was organised in order to ensure the best understanding and the efficient transfer of knowledge among RTD and computational partners. The ultimate goal was to bridge the two different worlds giving an opportunity of communication.


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Oactive´s partner RI.MED Foundation participated from the 20th-22nd of October 2019 in the International Conference on Biofabrication in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Biofabrication 2019 brought together scientists, engineers, regulatory specialists, industry participants, and clinical investigators from around the world to present and share their recent discoveries, research direction, and views on the current problems and opportunities in the exciting field of biofabrication. Five plenary, sixteen keynote, ninety podium, and hundreds of poster presenters gathered for two and a half days at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. 

In addition to a sponsor’s trade show, special fora were held on publishing strategies, transnational research, regulatory issues, industrial technologies, and opportunities for young researchers.

For more information visit:

https://www.biofabrication2019.org

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To coincide with National Biomechanics Day on 10 April 2019 – a worldwide celebration of all things Biomechanics, The University of Huddersfield hosted a very successful Biomechanics Interest Group event themed ‘Applied Biomechanics – the application to real life’. The ever popular event had over 120 registered delegates from across the country and saw a range of stimulating and informative talks from students, lecturers and Professors.
On behalf of our partner Liverpool John Moores University, Bill Baltzopoulos presented the keynote examining the latest technology he and his team are employing, studying ‘Biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system in-vivo and implications for muscle and joint forces in different applied conditions’. The presentation focused on the work of our group on musculoskeletal biomechanics, including an update of the progress of the musculoskeletal modelling tools in the OACTIVE project.

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