Botnar Research Centre

The Botnar Research Centre, housing the Oxford University Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences, is part of the The Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences with the mission statement: ‘To enable and encourage research and education into the causes of musculoskeletal diseases and their treatment’. The Institute, which was opened in 2002, was built in 3 phases, with the most recent annexe of 2,000 square metres opening in 2013. A total of 4,100 square metres provides accommodation for 120 scientists in phase 1 and 120 clinical researchers, epidemiologists and statisticians in the annexe.

Being situated on the grounds of the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre puts the Botnar in a unique position with basic researchers working alongside clinicians. This substantially improves the research capacity of the centre, improving access for researchers to patients, and facilitating the interaction between clinicians and basic scientists that is essential for successful medical research.

Research activities of the different research teams are centred around the following themes:

Major interests of the centre’s researchers include osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and inflammatory arthritis, as well as osteoclast and osteoblast biology and cancer. More information can be found on the NDORMS Research pages.

The Institute’s investigators hold grants from a variety of funding bodies, including: the (National Institute of Health Research), , The , , , , and the .

The centre also organises a range of conferences and courses for scientists and hospital and community based clinicians.

Botnar Building


Botnar Research Centre,
Institute of Musculoskeletal Sciences,
Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences,
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre,
Windmill Road,

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