Collaboration Worldwide

The OAI is an international collaboration. These maps pinpoint the locations of the clinical sites, the NIH sponsor, other public and private co-sponsors, the data coordinating center, consultants, subcontractors, and vendors - an entire world of experts working together.

map of OAI affiliates

Public Study Sponsors

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Project Officer: Gayle Lester, PhD, NIAMS
Contracting Officer: Lisa Hill, National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute (NHLBI)
Contract Advisor: Eileen Webster-Cissel, Deputy Director, Office of Acquisitions, NHLBI

Public Co-Sponsors

National Institutes of Health

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
  • Office of Research on Women's Health, Office of the Director

Private Co-Sponsors

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
  • Pfizer Global Research & Development

In Kind Sponsors

Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.

Data Coordinating Center

San Francisco Coordinating Center
University of California, San Francisco
Principal Investigator: Michael C. Nevitt, PhD
Project Director: Susan M. Rubin, MPH

Clinical Sites

University of Maryland (Subcontract site: Johns Hopkins University)
Baltimore, Maryland
Principal Investigators: Marc Hochberg, MD (UMB) and Joan Bathon, MD (JH)
Study Coordinators: Danuta Bujak (UMB) and Vicky Ruffing (JH)

Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island / Brown University
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Principal Investigator: Charles Eaton, MD
Co-investigator: Timothy McAlindon, MD, MPH
Study Coordinator: Gretchen Sloane

Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Jackson, MD
Study Coordinator: Kim Toussant

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Kent Kwoh, MD
Study Coordinators: Stephanie Green and Mary Jansen

Imaging Quality Assurance

Synarc, Inc. San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Scientific Director: Charles Peterfy, MD, PhD
Project Manager: Annette Garza-Meilandt

Consultants and Subcontractors

Gladys Block, PhD
Block Dietary Data Systems
Berkeley, California

Jeanne Charleston, MSN
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Flavia Cicuttini, MD
Monash University
Melbourne, Australia

Bernard Dardzinski, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Jeff Duryea, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Felix Eckstein, PhD
Paracelsus Private Medical University
Salzburg, Austria

David Felson, MD
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Fisher Bioservices
Rockville, Maryland

Lawrence Friedman, MD
Bethesda, Maryland

Garry Gold, MD
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California

Douglas Goodwin, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, New Hampshire

Ali Guermazi, MD
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

David Hunter, MD, PhD
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Philipp Lang, MD, MBA
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Stefan Lohmander, MD, PhD
Lund University Hospital
Lund, Sweden

Moriel NessAiver, PhD
Simply Physics
Baltimore, Maryland

Erika Schneider, PhD
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Frank Shellock, PhD
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Jose Tamez-Pena, PhD
VirtualScopics, LLC
Rochester, New York

Saara Toterman, MD, PhD
VirtualScopics, LLC
Rochester, New York

Carl Winalski, MD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

Joseph Yu, MD
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Observational Study Monitoring Board (OSMB)

Kenneth Brandt, MD
Indiana University
Indianapolis, Indiana

Mark Brezinski, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Victor Goldberg, MD
Case Western Reserve
Cleveland, Ohio

Gillian Hawker, MD, MSc.
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Phil Miller, PhD
Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri

Roland Moskowitz, MD (OSMB Chair)
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Barbara Tilley, PhD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina

Patience White, MD
Arthritis Foundation
Washington, District of Columbia

Frank Wollheim, MD, PhD
University of Lund
Lund, Sweden

KAI Research, Inc. (OSMB support)
Rockville, Maryland


InVivo Corporation
Orlando, Florida

Metitur Oy
Jyväskylä, Finland


  • Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration
  • Foundation for the National Institutes of Health
  • National Center for Research Resources, NIH
  • Office of the General Counsel, NIH
  • Office of Science Policy, NIH
  • Office of Technology Transfer, NIH
  • James Witter, MD, PhD, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Maryland