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There is a wide range of basic and clinical research in the fields of epidemiology, engineering, genetics, cell biology and clinical trials, based at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences on the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and John Radcliffe Hospital sites. Oxford hosts an NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit.

Basic researchers are investigating the physiology and pathology of musculoskeletal cells including osteoblasts, osteoclasts, osteocytes, tenocytes and chondrocytes.  Research groups are studying the pathogenesis of bone and arthritic disorders including trauma, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.  There are programmes in regeneration medicine/tissue engineering, molecular pharmacology, musculoskeletal genetics and epigenetics and bone oncology. Furthermore, a number of surgical and pharmacological clinical trials are currently being conducted e.g. AIM (ankle injury management), CSAW (shoulder pain), KAT (a pragmatic randomised controlled trial evaluating four knee replacement technologies), TABUL (giant cell arteritis), TOPKAT (total or partial knee arthroplasty) & UKUFF rotator cuff surgery trials. Oxford musculoskeletal engineering team’s research interests include joint design, kinematics of hip/knee, surgical outcomes, RSA studies (Roentgen Stereophotogrammetric Analysis) & finite element analysis. Musculoskeletal epidemiologists are involved in collecting data from various cohorts to understand musculoskeletal diseases and conditions across populations and over the course of time. Finally, the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, carrying out world-leading research into pathogenesis and treatment of arthritic and related disorders including Rheumatoid Arthritis and osteoarthritis, has moved into a new purpose-built facility on the Old Road Campus in Oxford.

Supervisors in Musculoskeletal Science


Hussein Al-Mossawi

NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology | Oxford-UCB Prize Fellow

M Sanni Ali

Senior Researcher in Pharmacoepidemiologic Methods

Abtin Alvand

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery and Consultant Knee ...

Samir El Andaloussi

Early Career Research Fellow

Nigel Arden

Professor in Rheumatic Diseases

Jane Armitage

Professor of Clinical Trials and Epidemiology, and Honorary Consultant in ...

Frances Ashcroft

GlaxoSmithKline Royal Society Professor

Nicholas Athanasou

Professorship of Musculoskeletal Pathology

David Beard

Professor of Musculoskeletal and Surgical Science

Paul Bowness

Professor of Experimental Rheumatology

Cameron Brown

Associate Honorary Professor

Martin Burton

Joint Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane ENT Disorders Group

Andrew Carr

Head of Department

Kieran Clarke

Professor of Physiological Biochemistry

Alex Clarke

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Mark Coles

Kennedy Trust Senior Research Fellow

Jonathan Cook

Associate Professor

Cyrus Cooper

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, University of Oxford

Matthew Costa

Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery

Stephanie Dakin

Associate Professor

Kay Davies

Dr Lee's Professor of Anatomy

Antonella Delmestri

Senior Database Manager

James Dunford

Senior Research Associate

Claire Edwards

Associate Professor of Bone Oncology

James Edwards

Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Jeremy Fairbank

Emeritus Professor of Spine Surgery

Dominic Furniss

University Research Lecturer - Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship

Siôn Glyn-Jones

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Xavier Griffin

Associate Professor of Trauma Surgery

Steve Gwilym

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer & Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bass Hassan

Professor of Medical Oncology

Lisa Heather

BHF Intermediate Fellow and University Research Lecturer

Sally Hopewell

Associate Professor

Nicole Horwood

Associate Professor and ARUK Senior Research Fellow

Philippa Hulley

Associate Professor

Fadi Issa

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

Yoshi Itoh

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator Cell Migration Group

Abhilash Jain

Associate Professor of Plastic and Hand Surgery

Kassim Javaid

Associate Professor

Andrew Judge

Honorary Departmental Professor

David Keene

NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow; NDORMS Research Fellow in Trauma ...

Helen Knowles

University Research Lecturer and Arthritis Research UK Career Development Fellow

Anjali Kusumbe

Principal Investigator

Sarah Lamb

OCTRU Co-Director

Chris Lavy

Professor of Orthopaedic and Tropical Surgery and Consultant Orthopaedic and ...

Kirsten Leyland

HONORARY Postdoctoral Epidemiologist

Raashid Luqmani

Professor of Rheumatology

Stephen Mellon

NDORMS Research Fellow

Kim Midwood

Professor of Matrix Biology

Chris Murphy

Associate Professor & Kennedy Director of Graduate Studies

David Murray

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jagdeep Nanchahal

Professor of Hand, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Julia Newton

Consultant Rheumatologist

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Antony Palmer

NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer

Dan Perry

Associate Professor, Orthopaedics & Trauma Surgery

Martin Philpott

Senior Research Associate

Fiona Powrie FRS

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Director of the Kennedy Institute

Andrew Price

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Daniel Prieto-Alhambra

Professor of Pharmaco- and Device Epidemiology

Jonathan Rees

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Science

Carlo Rinaldi

Associate Professor

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Afsie Sabokbar

Associate Professor & Botnar Director of Graduate Studies

Alan Silman

Professor of Musculoskeletal Health

Sarah Snelling

Associate Professor

Peter Taylor

Norman Collisson Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Linda Troeberg

University Research Lecturer

Irina Udalova

Professor of Molecular Immunology

Rafael Pinedo Villanueva

University Research Lecturer

Tonia Vincent

Professor of Musculoskeletal Biology

Angus Wann

KTRR/ARUK Research Fellow

Fiona Watt

University Research Lecturer

Robert Wilkins

Associate Professor of Epithelial Physiology

Richard Williams

Associate Professor

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Matthew Wood

Professor of Neuroscience

Paul Wordsworth

Professor of Rheumatology