June 11, 2015

Satellite Symposium “Breaking with tradition – proving new treatment approaches in Osteoarthritis”

at EULAR 2015

Heel will be present at the EULAR (Europ. League against Rheumatism) 2015 congress in Rome, the largest conference in Rheumatology in Europe with more than 15.000 participants from all over the world.

Heel will host a Satellite Symposium entitled “Breaking with tradition – proving new treatment approaches in OA”.

This 90-minute symposium will take place on Thursday, June 11, 2015, 17:45-19:15 h.



1.   Management of OA: how to do it well 

Cathy Speed Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance, Cambridge, UK

This presentation will explore the impact of established interventions for the prevention and management of osteoarthritis (OA). There will be an emphasis on the need for a patient-centered approach to ensure that patients understand their diagnosis and their role in managing their condition in order to facilitate their return to full activity. Current standards in OA management, including guidelines, diagnosis, and treatment will be presented. In addition, the positive impact of taking a holistic approach to treatment that includes non-pharmacological interventions for knee OA, such as exercise-based strategies, nutrition, and weight reduction programs, will be highlighted. Other therapeutic strategies are also discussed. Finally, there will be a discussion on strategies for achieving optimal patient motivation and adherence that involve evaluating patient expectations and customizing a treatment model to meet individual patient needs.

2.   The relevance of a rehabilitative intervention based on biomechanics in the management of early osteoarthritis

Valter Santilli and Marco Paoloni Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

This presentation aims to provide an understanding of the established principles of OA as a complex disease, specifically as it relates to disease and symptom onset. We will focus our discussion on the development of early OA in the absence of clinical symptoms, and highlight the role of rehabilitative interventions based on biomechanical principles and early disease management for OA.  

3.   The MOZArT trial: TRAUMEEL/ZEEL T in the management of OA of the knee

Carlos Lozada Division of Rheumatology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL, USA

Findings from MOZArT, a multi-center, double-blind randomized trial will be presented, including data showing early and sustained reduction in clinically relevant pain, as well as the 50’ walk pain and physician global assessment. Finally, safety data indicating that adverse events were generally mild and unrelated to treatment will be presented.

4.  BioKnee – a future pathway towards OA management with cartilage stimulation, repair, regeneration and replacement

Kevin Stone The Stone Clinic, San Francisco, CA, USA

This presentation will describe novel uses of joint lubrication, PRP, stem cell injections in combination with articular cartilage and meniscus replacement to delay or avoid artificial joint replacement for patients with moderate-to-severe knee OA. We will also introduce the concept of orthobiologic joint repair in which cartilage repair is achieved through stimulation of regeneration mechanisms. Long-term data on cartilage repair will be presented. Additionally, non-surgical treatments including combinations of lubricating injections with growth factor stem cell injections will be discussed as part of the continuum of care. This presentation will emphasize the concept that knee OA should no longer be viewed as incurable, and that novel treatment approaches can offer the possibilities of prevention and cure as well as reduce the need for artificial joint replacement.  


We are looking forward to welcoming you at this exciting event.  

EULAR 2015


Satellite Symposium

"Breaking with tradition - proving new treatment approaches in Osteoarthritis"

Thursday, June 11, 2015

17:45 - 19:15 h

Website EULAR 2015