As part of this position, Dr. Allen will represent young investigators on the OARSI executive board and lead the organization of young investigator events at the OARSI 2016 World Congress in Amsterdam next year.
The Young Investigator Subcommittee organizes several programs to assist investigators under the age of 40 in developing their academic and research careers. One of these programs is the “Meet-the-Mentor” session held during the OARSI World Congress which places graduate students and postdocs in small groups with prominent leaders in the field for informal, roundtable discussions. Each year, the subcommittee also organizes career development workshops focused on issues for researches in the early phases of their career. Past topics include how to run a research group, how to communicate your research to the public, and how to effectively write and review a journal article. In addition, the subcommittee organizes scientific workshops focused on improving osteoarthritis research in the future, covering topics like how to define OA phenotypes and how to effectively design OA research studies. The Young Investigator Subcommittee also plans poster walking tours and the social event for young researchers to get to know each other during the OARSI World Congress.
Dr. Allen has served on the committee since 2011 and will stay on the committee an extra ayear, serving as out-going chair for the 2017 OARSI World Congress in Las Vegas, NV.