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Issue 2 Dec 2006

Newspaper of the British Orthopaedic Foundation

Welcome to the Christmas issue of Joint Action News. Thank you to everyone who responded to the last newspaper with comments and support. We really do value your input and are grateful to you for your interest. We are very fortunate to once again have the support of DePuy UK who are generously covering the cost of producing this paper which means that we can bring it to you free of charge. We are a small charity and are committed to keeping administrative overheads to an absolute minimum to ensure that we can make the very most of your generous donations. If you would rather read the newspaper on the website and be contacted by email, I would be grateful if you could complete the form on the back page and return it to us. Postage and production costs saved can be put back into research. In addition to information about the latest in bone and joint research, this issue offers lots of ideas of how you can help to keep Britain mobile long after the last pine needles have been swept up from the tree! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. Julia Smith Fundraiser, Joint Action

Orthopaedic Research Funds: the need has never been greater Musculoskeletal disorders, whether through disease or injury, are the leading cause of disability around the world, affecting one in every four adults and accounting for 25% of the total cost of illness. Road traffic accidents continue to inflict lifelong disability on many active members of the population. In recognition of these alarming statistics and an increasing incidence of bone and joint disease associated with an ageing population, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations declared 2000-2010 ‘The Bone and Joint Decade’. A recent study reported by the UK Clinical Research Collaboration highlighted the relatively small amount of funding for musculoskeletal research in the UK compared with cancer (27% of total funds), neurological disease (16%), infection (13%) and cardiovascular disease (9%). In stark contrast, musculoskeletal diseases received less than 5% of overall funding but it is interesting to note that these diseases account for the largest number of days lost from work and are the most common cause of long-term disability. I know that during the forthcoming festive season there are

many demands made of you but, at this particular time of giving, would appeal to all of you to consider donating just £10 (£1 for each year of the Decade). Orthopaedic and trauma research may not have the immediacy of some of the charitable appeals you will receive at this time but what it can do, as many of you will know from personal experience, is dramatically increase the quality of our lives, enabling our bones and joints to keep us mobile as we live longer, and help us enjoy our retirement years. Our own BOA members this year supported our appeal with donations of £100,000. Please join them and support the Decade Appeal with a donation of just £10 by completing the form on the back page. For the price of a couple of pairs of socks or tights, you will be making a lasting impact on Britain’s mobility! With warmest good wishes to you all for Christmas and best wishes for a healthy and mobile New Year!

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Fundraising round the regions Little Shop of Horrors The Miller Centre in Caterham is a fully functional theatre that also houses a day centre which provides a wide range of activities. Its recent production of The Little Shop of Horrors ran for ten days and attracted about 100 people each night. We are very grateful to The Miller Centre Players for nominating Joint Action to receive the proceeds of almost £2,000 from their recent production. From Plaster to Paris? When not setting our bones in plaster, Ian Johnston from Scotland can be found pounding the streets

in training for marathons. In September he completed the Glasgow Half Marathon and now he is training for the Edinburgh Marathon next year. Who knows, maybe the next stop will be Paris? GiftAid maximised the value of Ian’s sponsorship money of £293.50 by bringing in an extra £92 from the Inland Revenue. GiftAid can be arranged at no additional cost to fundraisers, but Ian’s experience shows what a dramatic difference it can make. Please try to use GiftAid for all your donations and events. The form is on the back page of this newspaper.

Shirley Dixon thought that her gardening days were numbered when her knees became so painful that she couldn’t bend to do the weeding. Luckily she had both knees replaced and she has regained full movement. Her garden remains her pride and joy, and in gratitude for her successful surgery, she is selling cuttings and excess produce from her garden and allotment, to raise funds for Joint Action. Thank you Shirley – Joint Action research really `Knee(ds) you!!

Balloon Race Edward Compton is an orthopaedic surgeon from Nottinghamshire and is only too aware of the need to raise funds for orthopaedic research. Edward organised the balloon race as an attraction for his village Garden Party. About 150 helium balloons were released making an eye-catching finale to the Garden Party. A prize was awarded to the finder and sender of the balloon which travelled the furthest distance to Sheffield. Thank you Edward for this spectacular fundraiser.

Cambridge fun run for Joint Action Even the rain couldn’t dampen the spirits and enthusiasm of over 100 participants of the St John’s College School Fun Run. The school encouraged pupils and parents to run 3.5 miles to raise funds for Joint Action’s research and also promote the importance of exercise in keeping bones healthy. The youngest runner was just four years old, and overall St John’s raised £700 for Joint Action. Many thanks to St John’s College School for supporting Joint Action.

Enormous thanks to all those fundraisers featured, and also to all those who have donated this year but whom we do not have space to acknowledge personally.


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To join this great event please call Rowena Williams on 07747 627 648 or email on rowenawilliams@btinternet. com. The Joint Action Golf Tournament 2006 came to a triumphant

Country Club. All 8 regional heats were fully subscribed and over 500 supporters enjoyed a morning of golf at some of Britain’s top golfing venues.

conclusion on 6th October with the Final at Woburn Golf and

The President is ‘on the ball’ John Getty took over as President of the British Orthopaedic Association in September. Based in Sheffield, John has kindly nominated Joint Action to receive the proceeds

from his local fundraising ball for the past two years. The Ball is held in the glorious surroundings of The Consort Hotel.

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Research marches on

Professor George Bentley has undertaken the first UK surgery using a new operation called Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI) where cells are taken from the knee, cultured in a lab, then put back in to fill the gap left by damaged cartilage. Professor Bentley of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital,

where his unit has now performed about 550 such operations as part of a clinical trial, says “ACI is ingenious and exciting – the first cell engineering that’s been really successful”. The British Orthopaedic Foundation’s Grants Committee is currently undertaking extensive peer review on the 32 research grant applications it

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has received this year. These applications cover a wide range of research areas from basic science to clinical research. The review process ensures that we fund the very highest quality of research and we look forward to outlining which research is being supported in the next issue. Early details of this will be available on www.boa.ac.uk.

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