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We are a collaborative group of academic researchers, therapists, physicians, and surgeons, who work together to understand the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and clinical impact of common hand conditions. Our ultimate aim is to improve the care of patients with hand and wrist problems.

The hands are a pivotal part of the body. They are involved in almost every aspect of daily life, and loss of function can cause severe disability. Furthermore, they are important in everyday social interactions.

Hand and wrist problems affect people of all ages. Children can be born with malformations; older people can be affected by conditions such as arthritis or Dupuytren’s disease; people of all ages are affected by trauma to the hand and wrist, or by nerve compression syndromes. These disorders can lead to pain, deformity, and loss of function.

We strongly believe that close collaboration between physicians, surgeons, therapists, and scientists will lead to better understanding of these conditions, better outcomes for our patients, and new and improved treatments in the future. We work together on translational research projects with patient quality of life at the core.


Prof Dominic Furniss, NDORMS- BSSH GODD Dupytrens Study, Molecular Genetics of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Mr Ian McNab, NOC- Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

Mr Chris Little, NOC- Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

Mr Paul Critchley, NOC- Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Henk Giele, NOC- Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Ms Lucy Cogswell, NOC- Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Nick Riley, NOC- Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

Ms Michelle Spiteri, JR- Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mrs Sarah Tucker, NOC- Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Michael Lamyman, OUH- Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Ms Sara Atkins, OUH- Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Miss Anne Alexander- Senior Hand Therapist

Miss Sue Gosling- Senior Hand Therapist


Furniss Group- BSSH GODD Dupytrens Study, Molecular Genetics of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Arden Group- Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Disease

Nanchahal Group- Fibroproliferative disorders (Dupytren’s disease)

Jain Group- NINJA Trial

Vincent Group- Molecular pathogenesis of hand osteoarthritis

Watt Group- Translational research in Osteoarthritis

Sherlock Group- Immunobiology of Spondyloarthropathy


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