Dr Yuanyuan Wang

MBBS (China), MMed and MD (China), PhD (Australia)
Senior Research Fellow

Phone: +61 3 990 30353

Dr Wang completed Bachelor and Master degrees in Medicine with comprehensive clinical training and worked as a radiologist for 7 years in China before coming to Australia. She completed a PhD at Swinburne University of Technology in 2007, looking at factors affecting knee cartilage and bone morphologies in people with and without clinical knee osteoarthritis. Her area of expertise is in musculoskeletal research which combines her radiology background, epidemiology and biostatistics skills. During her NHMRC Training Fellowship, Dr Wang developed complementary skills in the management and analysis of large linkage datasets. This has enabled examination of effects of socio-demographic and lifestyle factors on the risk of severe knee and hip osteoarthritis requiring total joint replacement.

With her imaging skills and expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics, Dr Wang has performed a number of community-based studies to identify novel risk factors for osteoarthritis. This has been further developed during her post-doctoral research and resulted in hypotheses of novel therapies of knee osteoarthritis which she will be testing in randomised controlled trials, as evidenced by her successful CIA NHMRC project grant examining whether statins slow progression of knee osteoarthritis. She is a recipient of an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship during which she focus on research improving the prevention and outcomes of knee and hip osteoarthritis.

Research projects

1. Does statin use have a disease modifying effect in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis? A multicentre randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (OAKS study)

2. Hype or Hope? platelet-Rich plasma as a symptom- and disEaSe-modifying Treatment fOR knee ostEoarthritis - the RESTORE trial

3. Are metal on metal hip replacement associated with an increased cancer risk? A nationwide cohort study

4. Effect of obesity and metabolic syndrome on osteoarthritis

5. Hip and knee joint replacements in older Australians – what factors predict positive outcomes and optimise quality of life?