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University of Surrey Professor elected President of prestigious organisation

The University of Surrey is delighted to announce that Professor Ali Mobasheri from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey has been inaugurated as President- Elect of the prestigious Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI).

OARSI is the leading research organisation dedicated to developing innovative methods to detect, treat and cure osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis in the world which affects 30 million people. Professor Mobasheri will serve as President-Elect alongside existing President-Elect Dr Jeffrey Katz from Harvard University.

Joining the University of Surrey in April 2014, Professor Mobasheri holds the position of Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiology and is Head of Department of Pre-clinical Animal Science & Veterinary Pre-Clinical Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University.  Professor Mobasheri is also a member of the Arthritis Research UK disease subcommittee, the largest arthritis charity in the UK, which provides expert advice and intelligence to the charity, evaluates research activity and supports funding recommendations.

Professor Ali Mobasheri said: “I am honoured to hold this prestigious position and hope that during my tenure we can raise awareness of the seriousness of this disease, promote international collaborations and facilitate long-term public-private partnerships that can develop effective treatments for this devastating illness.

“Osteoarthritis affects every aspect of a patient’s life and it is imperative that we help alleviate the pain and suffering of those affected.”

Professor Chris Proudman Head of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Surrey said: “I am delighted that Ali has been bestowed this highly deserved honour. It is recognition of his leadership in the field of arthritis research and his personal commitment to the science that will lead to advances in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoarthritis in animals and humans.”

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