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Jennifer Lane


ARUK Clinical Research Fellow in Orthopaedic Surgery

  • NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery

Using big data to evaluate the role of surgery in treating hand conditions

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 Arthritis Research UK Clinical Research 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 ARUK sponsored project studies trends in the surgical management of common hand conditions using routinely collected UK GP and hospital data. She aims to compare UK trends with other countries, in order to understand the role that surgery plays internationally.  2 large cohort studies, UK Biobank and the Million Women Study containing over 1.8 million combined will also be used to evaluate risk factors implicated in developing severe disease, with the aim of predicting which patients will require surgery. 

Intervention and outcomes in early osteoarthritis

Working with Professor Sion Glyn-Jones, Jenny studied the role of new innovation and minimally invasive procedures in the treatment of early osteoarthritis during her NIHR funded Academic Clinical Fellowship. Their work has focused upon identifying individuals most likely to benefit from these new procedures and how to predict patients who are most likely to progress to severe osteoarthritis, to develop a greater understanding of their role in modern surgical care.

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 the 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 is an educational supervisor for the medical school, and a surgical tutor at Exeter College, Oxford.



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