OAFI Congress 2018
  • 300 million people worldwide suffer from osteoarthritis, a figure that has doubled in the last 30 years and affects an increasingly younger population. Obesity, an aging population, and the inappropriate practice of sports such as running or football are among the main causes of this increase.
  • In Spain, osteoarthritis generates an annual government expenditure of 4.738 million euros and health policies still do not provide an adequate response to the needs of patients. 
  • On the occasion of the International Rheumatic Diseases Day, Barcelona is hosting an International Congress which, among other topics, will discuss new treatments, the impact of the disease on sex life, sport and why our bones hurt when it is going to rain.

The 2nd International Congress for Osteoarthritis Patients, organised by OAFI, International Osteoarthritis Foundation, will take place on 9 and 10 October 2018 at the Axa Auditorium in Barcelona, on the occasion of the International Day of Rheumatic Diseases (12 October). The event will be free of charge and open to all.

This annual international event focused on osteoarthritis patients is a meeting place for patients, medical experts, scientific societies, public administrations, research and development centres and other entities related to osteoarthritis.

The sessions are aimed at informing, raising awareness and training on best practices for the prevention, research and treatment of this pathology that affects 300 million people worldwide. On this occasion, the Congress will explore, with the patient as the central protagonist, key issues and scientific innovations in osteoarthritis and related chronic diseases, with special emphasis on strategies  based on scientific evidence.

Specific presentations with a holistic approach will address prevention and specific treatments for the different groups of patients affected by osteoarthritis: women, sportspeople and the elderly.

World-renowned experts, institutions, organisations and patient associations in the field of osteoarthritis will attend the Congress to ensure that it is equally successful as the previous edition.

The program will also feature activities such as:

  • Santiago Niño-Becerra, with a master class entitled: “Responsibility: the new demand for social protection”.
  • Venerable Thubten Wangchen, Buddhist monk and Founder of the Tibet House in Barcelona, will give a talk about “How to be happy in everyday life: we have potential to transform and accept our pain and suffering in positive to increase our happiness and peace”.
  • Tomás Molina, head of meteorology of TV3 will answer to the question “Why do our “bones” (joints) hurt when it is going to rain?
  • Xesco Espar: coach and and trainer of elite athletes, will provide relevant aspects from the point of view of a professional trainer.
  • Other activities: outdoor Tai Chi session, ultrasound measurement of joints condition, evaluate joint movement, among many other practical workshops.
  • Important scientific developments in the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis will also be presented.
  • A special focus will be given to topics such as pain, sex, sport, and women health.

Click here to see the event program:

II International Congress for Patients with Osteoarthritis 2018


The event will be free and will take place on the 9th and 10th of October in the Barcelona Auditori Axa (L’illa Diagonal).

Book your ticket: http://bit.ly/2wiiFx2