Welcome Kirsten Ambrose, MS to the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance Team

We are thrilled to welcome Kirsten Ambrose, MS to the Thurston Arthritis Research Center as the new Program Manager for the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA). The OAAA consortium was recently awarded to TARC under the direction of Dr. Leigh Callahan.

The OAAA is a national coalition of concerned organizations committed to elevating Osteoarthritis (OA) as a national health priority and promoting effective policy solutions that aim to address the individual and national toll of OA.  They work with the health community to ensure people with OA have the access, skills and capacity to benefit from effective and proven interventions.  The OAAA has three working groups focused on physical activity, injury prevention and weight management.  
Kirsten comes to us after serving as Project Director for the Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders, working with their clinical trials operation, developing pre-award grant proposals, and contributing to strategic planning.  She has also served as a Research Specialist in the Center for Neurosensory Disorders in the School of Dentistry, as a Consultant/Project Manager for Algynomics, Inc, as a consultant writer/editor for various organizations, and as a Lead Research Specialist in the Chronic Fatigue and Pain Research Center at the University of Michigan.  

Kirsten received her BA in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and her Masters of Science in Exercise Science from The George Washington University.  She is the author of 21 scientific papers and 35 abstracts.  She is committed to the benefits and importance of physical activity for overall health, illness prevention and rehabilitation from injury, as reflected in her choice of graduate study, her professional experience in research and personal training of individuals with special needs, and her personal lifestyle.  
Kirsten officially joined us on July 14 and is working on the transition of operations of the OAAA to UNC – including updating its website, organizing Lunch and Learn webinars, writing and distributing its newsletter, managing membership and subscription lists, working on member recruitment and engagement, managing and supporting the three workgroups, and supporting the Steering Committee.   These many roles will not only serve the OAAA, but also the Chronic OA Management Initiative (COAMI), the MCRC, and TARC in general.