Mona MarabaniMarch 20, 2017
Tore K. KvienMarch 7, 2017
Keith Lim, Australia
A/Prof Keith K Lim MB BS (Melb), MD (Bristol), FRACP, FRCP (Ed)
Graduated from Melbourne University and then lived and worked in Borneo, then Kuala Lumpur before training in general medicine and rheumatology in the UK at St Marys Hospital , London, then the Bristol Royal Infirmary. Was lecturer to Professor Paul Dieppe (who ran the OA 500 cohort studies then), at Bristol University where he completed his MD on osteoarthritis of the hand. Studied the finger and thumb base joints, comparative anthropological work on OA in primates based at the Caribbean and human skeletal remains from the Barton on Humber site. Returned to Malaysia where he was President of the Malaysian Society for Rheumatology and helped pioneer its accredited training programme and lay the basis for good governance (elections, financial controls etc). Was Vice President of APLAR, the regional body and helped bring the regional scientific meeting to Malaysia in 2006. Returned to work in Western Health and teach at Melbourne University in 2004 and has continued to pursue longstanding interest in OA. He has published in the field of OA, mainly on clinical care. He was a senior editor of the IJRD, the mouthpiece of APLAR and remains on the editorial board. Currently leading research on the longitudinal outcomes of patients with knee and hip OA treated conservatively as well as optimal decision making for surgery. Leads a dynamic clinical and research team at Western Health of Melbourne serving a large catchment. Sits on the Victorian state selection committee for advanced training in rheumatology, and also was advisor on the Victorian EEAC on Models of Care for Osteoarthritis. Working with St Vincents Health on the COMET project to bring OA care to the community, and to train champions for OA. With Prof Feng (dec) founded the Asian Osteoarthritis Network, now in its 7th year, with members from all over the region, to network, collaborate and help raise awareness of the problems of sufferers of OA in the region especially in low income communities. Successfully organised the first Asian OA conference in Singapore in 2011 . Currently working on issues related to implementation of models of care in musculoskeletal conditions and arthritis in the Asia Pacific region, as well as infection risk with biologics in particular TB, Hepatitis and HIV.