NDORMS brings together scientists and clinicians who are investigating the musculoskeletal system. The department runs several clinical trials as part of this scientific work and, in collaboration with the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, hosts the NIHR Biomedical Research Unit. The department also engages in international programmes such as COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL).

The research falls into the following five main themes:

Laboratory scientists explore the processes in bones and muscles down to an intracellular level with highly sensitive equipment.

Experienced clinicians use clinical trials and research to translate discoveries into safe treatments that benefit patient care.

Using statistical tools, our epidemiologists trace the pattern of the conditions we study over large populations.

Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre (OOEC) explores the mechanics of the human musculoskeletal system.

Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM) provides statistical support for a wide range of medical research.