We discover the causes of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions to deliver excellent and innovative care that improves people’s quality of life.
Our multi-disciplinary research is world-renowned and we contributed significantly to Oxford's top rank in Clinical Medicine in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework results, the official UK-wide assessment of all university research.
The REF welcomed the strong return in orthopaedic sciences, as well as the outstanding reach and significance of the impacts from our research in musculoskeletal conditions and ageing.
We are the largest European academic department in our field and run a globally competitive programme of research and teaching.
Our co-location with NHS services at Oxford's Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre puts the department in an excellent and rare position, where researchers work alongside clinicians. This substantially improves research capability, improving access for researchers to patients, and facilitates the interaction between clinicians and scientists, which is essential for successful translational research.
Headed by Professor Jonathan Rees, we have about 500 staff including 100 post-graduate students, and more than 30 professors, several university lecturers, and senior researchers personally supported by prestigious awards.
Our highly skilled team has expertise in a broad range of areas, including orthopaedic surgery, inflammation, immunology, rheumatology, medical statistics, epidemiology, and clinical trials.
The department consists of:
- The Botnar Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences, on the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) site
- The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, on the Old Road Campus
- The Kadoorie Centre, at the John Radcliffe Hospital
We also host and collaborate with a number of leading research units, including:
- the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
- the Centre for Statistics in Medicine (CSM)
- the Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU)
- the Surgical Interventions Trials Unit (SITU)
- the Centre for Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis (OA Centre)
- the Kadoorie Centre for Critical Care Research and Education.
We are a friendly and highly supportive department to all our staff and students, and provide excellent career development opportunities.