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Jennifer Lane


Versus Arthritis Clinical Research Fellow in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery (2014-17)

Using Big Data to improve the role of surgery in medical care

Jenny studied undergraduate medicine at Exeter College, Oxford, where she was awarded Scholar status. Graduating from clinical medicine in 2010, she undertook basic medical and surgical training in London. In 2014, Jenny graduated with distinction from Masters of Surgical Education degree at Imperial College, London, and returned to Oxford as NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow and Specialist Registrar in Orthopaedic Surgery. She was awarded a Versus Arthritis Clinical Research Fellowship and a MRC Doctoral Training Fellowship in July 2017, and began her DPhil in the Epidemiology of Common Hand Conditions in December 2017.

Main research interests

Epidemiology of common hand conditions

Jenny is working with Professor Dominic Furniss and Professor Dani Prieto Alhambra within NDORMS alongside Professor Jane Green in the Nuffield Department of Population Health. She is interested in how big data can be recycled to improve our understanding of hand disease and the role of surgery within treatment. 

Her Versus Arthritis and MRC sponsored project aims to improve our understanding of the the surgical management of common hand conditions using routinely collected UK GP and hospital data. She has initially focussed upon investigating trends in surgery, and factors associated with adverse outcomes. She aims to compare the work she has done in UK data with other countries, in order to explore differences in surgeon, hospital and healthcare factors that may impact outcomes from surgery.  

Impact of hormones on musculoskeletal conditions

As part of her DPhil study Jenny is also investigating the role of hormonal factors upon the development and progression of carpal tunnel syndrome and base of thumb osteoarthritis. Using the Million Women Study, she is exploring reproductive and menopausal factors that may be implicated in developing surgical disease. She is also interested in investigating the interaction of hormonal treatments with musculoskeletal disease and engaging with new technology to better characterise the role of hormonal factors. 

Surgical Education 

Jenny has undertaken qualitative research investigating the impact of the introduction of the major trauma network upon higher orthopaedic training, and the results debated at a national level.  Passionate about improving surgical training, she co-led a redesign of the University’s undergraduate orthopaedic trauma surgery programme with Mr Steve Gwilym, incorporating new elements of simulation technology to enrich the course. She has previously been an educational supervisor for the medical school, and was a surgical tutor at Exeter College, Oxford.



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