A warm word of welcome to all participants of the 5th International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium!
We are most happy to cordially welcome everyone in Groningen, September 27-29, 2018.
This edition of the ISTS will focus on the topic: Towards healthy tendon ageing. This subject is a perfect fit with the overarching Groningen research theme of Healthy Ageing. Researchers from the University of Groningen and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) have invested over a decade of research on healthy ageing, from a life course perspective. Healthy lifestyle, including sports and movement, is something of all ages; investments early in life impact positively on the ageing process. This goes hand in hand with other lifestyle ingredients, such as healthy food intake, a non-smoking policy and reduced alcohol intake especially in adolescents. In a joint effort, health organizations, academic partners, the city of Groningen and governmental bodies promote the awareness of healthy ageing among the citizens.
During the 5th ISTS, the importance of tendons and tendinopathies will be highlighted. The program offers a wide array of lectures, ranging from fundamental and clinical research to studies on the social and societal impact of movement and tendinopathies. This truly translational and multidisciplinary approach, from bench to bedside, is exemplary for most of the research lines in the UMCG. We aim to understand the mechanisms of diseases, to promote prevention and develop innovative treatments to help our patients, including those with a movemement disorder.
On behalf of the UMCG, I wish the organizers of the 5th ISTS all the best for their endeavors and hope to see many participants in Groningen.
On behalf of the UMCG and University of Groningen,