Laboratory Window


Major prize for rheumatoid arthritis treatment
Nc3Rs DPhil studentship available
Professor Cooper wins prestigious prize

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 research falls into the following four main themes:


Dr Philippa A Hulley

Profile: Dr Philippa Hulley's work in Oxford is based on exploring survival and differentiation control pathways in skeletal cells. She is a University Lecturer in Musculoskeletal Sciences and leads the Cell Signalling in Skeletal Regeneration group.

See the lists of Group Heads and Senior Researchers and all publications.

Laboratory Sciences

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

Clinical Research

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.

The department also engages in international programmes such as COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link (COOL).

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Research Areas

The Department is presently investigating the following areas, including supporting MSc and DPhil research-based programmes:

  • Musculoskeletal ageing
  • Musculoskeletal cell biology
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Orthopaedic engineering
  • Trauma