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Fields & Applications Clinical, Mass Spectrometry

Finding Osteoarthritis’ Missing Link with Mass Spectrometry

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common joint disorders – but its mechanisms are still not fully understood and existing biomarkers lack reliability and sensitivity. This makes it difficult for clinicians to prescribe targeted treatments – a problem University of South Australia researchers are dedicated to solving.

Covering a 20-year period, they reviewed research that used mass spectroscopy imaging (MSI) to map complex sugars associated with cartilage damage in OA (1). By identifying these molecular mechanisms, the team hope to explain why cartilage degrades at different rates and potentially identify diagnostic biomarkers.

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Olivia Gaskill

During my undergraduate degree in psychology and Master’s in neuroimaging for clinical and cognitive neuroscience, I realized the tasks my classmates found tedious – writing essays, editing, proofreading – were the ones that gave me the greatest satisfaction. I quickly gathered that rambling on about science in the bar wasn’t exactly riveting for my non-scientist friends, so my thoughts turned to a career in science writing. At Texere, I get to craft science into stories, interact with international experts, and engage with readers who love science just as much as I do.

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