Professor Dick Heinegard

Professor Dick Heinegard

Sad news came to the orthopaedic research community that Dick Heinegård passed away unexpectedly on May 1, 2013 at the age of 70. Dick Heinegård, Ph.D., M.D. was a preeminent biochemist and Professor of Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden.


“The first large scale genome-wide study of osteoarthritis of the knee”

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the elderly and is the third most common condition causing work disability. Scientists believe that it results from a combination of genetic abnormalities and joint injuries. Osteoarthritis is particularly debilitating in the weight-bearing joints of the knees, and when it reaches a severe stage it can render walking any distance or climbing stairs very difficult.