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A new building at the University of Oxford's Botnar Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences has been opened by The Duchess of Cornwall.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall unveils a plaque © Keith Barnes Photography
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall unveils a plaque to mark the opening of the Marcela Botnar wing, with Professor Andrew Carr, Head of Department at NDORMS

The Botnar Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences, on the site of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington, carries out research into improving the treatment of arthritis, osteoporosis and other bone and joint diseases. The new wing will focus on bio-engineering, with researchers working on developing new technologies, materials, and interventions to treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) Charity, which raised £9M for the new wing.

Her Royal Highness toured the new facility, including a bio-manufacturing clean room which is the first university owned clean room in the UK. Here The Duchess was shown how synthetic biomaterials such as biopatches and bioyarns, for use in tissue repair, will be made in a sterile environment.

Read the full story on the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) website.