« SFR - Fondation Arthritis Prevention »

Submission deadline : October 15th, 2017


Preventing musculoskeletal diseases is at the forefront of the treatment of rheumatism and musculoskeletal diseases. For the first time, Fondation Arthritis, the French society of rheumatology and Malakoff Mederic will launch together an international call for proposals on that topic.

Focus of the Call

The economic, occupational and social consequences of bone and joint diseases represent an increasing burden for our industrialized societies. These pathologies can cause pain, disability and loss of quality of life. They are also one of the leading causes of restriction to physical activity, necessary for well-being and recommended to prevent many chronic age-related diseases, including cardiovascular events, neurodegenerative diseases and cancers. Thus, maintaining good bone and joint health for as long as possible in the course of life is an important goal in combating these chronic diseases.

The main objective of this call is to develop an innovative research project in the field of rheumatism and musculoskeletal diseases prevention. It may thus address the primary or secondary prevention of diseases such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, common back pain and abarticular pathologies. It could involve clinical, observational, technological and/or therapeutic research projects (proof of concept). Basic research projects are excluded from this call.

Within this framework, the project must be in at least one of the following themes:

  • Diagnostic and / or predictive markers
  • Large scale clinical prevention programs
  • Evaluation of non-pharmacological preventive techniques
  • Evaluation of innovative preventive therapeutic strategies
  • Implementation and evaluation of devices improving prevention
  • Evaluation of bone and joint-related capital mobility


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