Hintze Family Charitable Foundation supports Harvard research into osteoarthritis

The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation has supported research by a team of Harvard scientists into the increasing prevalence of osteoarthritis. The study, by postdoctoral fellow Ian Wallace and Daniel Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Reporting on the study, the Harvard Gazette notes that it “upend[s] the belief that the disease is a wear-and-tear condition widespread today because people live longer and are more likely to be obese.” Instead, it illustrates that the cause is more closely linked to factors related to our modern environments and makes the case for a greater focus on prevention.

Research into osteoarthritis is urgently needed, given that the disease is implicated in more disability than almost any other musculoskeletal disorder, and that it is almost untreatable apart from joint replacement.

Read more: “Bad knees through the ages” – Harvard Gazette