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A PhD student presents to a group of people in a room. Her slide reads "evaluation questionnaire". There is a standing pull-up banner with OPEN ARMS and NDORMS logos and small posters are on boards further to the right.

Researchers at NDORMS, a medical research department at the University of Oxford, aim to understand and develop new treatments for joint, muscle and inflammatory conditions like arthritis and psoriasis. Members of the public are invited to attend free, monthly Meet the Researcher events to hear about what we do. You can attend in person at the Botnar Institute, Headington, Oxford or online via Zoom.

We share the topic of each upcoming event below and also in the OPEN ARMS mailing list – please sign up to stay in the loop.

What is involved

Each month, NDORMS researchers invite members of the public to hear about what we are doing to help patients with inflammatory and joint conditions. Usually, there are two or three short talks by researchers with plenty of time for discussion and for you to ask questions.

Events take place from 1pm-2pm, every fourth Monday of the month except August and December.

If you come in person, you are welcome to turn up at the Botnar reception from 12:30pm and to stay and chat with researchers over tea, coffee and biscuits after the talks. You can find information on how to access the Botnar here: Botnar Research Centre | Access Guide (

Next Event

Meet the Researcher Monday 22 April

Research-on-research: would you like to be a meta-researcher with us? Dr Patricia Logullo

From laboratory to clinic - Uncovering the eye in health and disease  Dr Lakshanie Wickramasinghe 

Printing Hope: Creating 3D Models from Cancer Biopsies  Dr Jia-Ling Ruan 

April Booking link

Upcoming events

OPEN DAY May 17th - More details and booking link coming soon


Meet the Researcher - 24 June  

Speakers - Alireza Hasheminasab, Amelia Doran

June booking link


Meet the Researcher -  22 July 

Speakers - tbc

July booking link


NB No meeting in August


Meet the Researcher - 23 September  

Speakers tbc

September booking link



Previous Events

26 February 2024 - booking link

Social Prescribing and chronic pain - Leila Heelas

Many people with long-term pain report that they feel isolated. Isolation and loneliness are associated with poorer physical and mental health ( in adults) and increased risk of falls and hospitalisation (in older adults).  Current health services for chronic pain have a small impact on pain and are offered for a few months, yet people with pain would like longer term support. Social Prescribing is where a person is referred to  a link worker, they have a conversation about the needs and interests of the person and then make a tailored suggestion of community activities that might be beneficial. This might include creative, physical, gardening, cultural (museums) or advice based activities. My research will look at whether a collaborative intervention between pain services and social prescribers, offers  health benefits for people with chronic pain. 

Shaping the future of Trial communication: how best to report results to patients and the public - Sanjana Choudhury


 25 March 2024 - booking link


Jolet Mimpen; Rachel Kuo & Judi Smith 




Previous talks have covered topics like knee replacement, what happens when people finish rehabilitation after a fall, and how ‘antimicrobial stitches’ can prevent infection after surgery.

You can find examples here:

Everyone is welcome!

You do not need any medical knowledge to join us - everyone is welcome!

If you have any access requirements or would like a hand getting set up on Zoom, please let us know by emailing