After a potted history and introduction to NDORMS by Professor Jonathan Rees, Head of Department, Professor Steve Gwilym, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, provided a focus on orthopaedic research. He explained the model for research and delivery at NDORMS that strives for efficiencies in the health pathway to provide the best patient outcomes.
Dr. Meng-Huang Wu, Director, Spine Division, Department of Orthopaedics introduced the work of the Taipei Medical University Hospital. Showcasing the development of a new device and surgical technique for spinal disc replacement, and a new procedure for repairing tendon injury in shoulders, he explained how their researchers are developing new interventions and processes using AI and advanced technologies.
A tour of the Botnar Institute that took in the clinical trials units, the new Marcela Botnar wing housing biomaterials and biomedical engineering and the clean room, ended in the Space Innovation Lab which opened last year to explore the ageing of cells in space.
Jonathan Rees said: 'It was a pleasure to welcome our guests from Taipei Medical University to Oxford and to NDORMS. We look forward to deepening our understanding of the research needs of our two countries.'