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Committee Positions

There are two positions available on the British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) committee.

Secretary: the Secretary position will shadow the current post holder for 1 year (2018-2019 until the next AGM) and then shall hold the post for 2 years. For this post there is the expectation that they become a Trustee of the Charity (for 3 years) following completion of this post.

Member of the Executive Committee: will normally hold the post for 3 years and this post will commence in September 2018.

Individuals interested in any of the posts should send an email to Valerie Sparks which should include names of two BORS members, who will act to nominate and second the applicant, an attachment of no more than two paragraphs outlining how you would contribute to the Society for the role that you are interested in, and a brief CV of no more than 2 sides of A4.

The closing date for nominations is: Monday 15th June 2018.


The Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering at the University of Leeds are pleased to host the British Orthopaedic Research Society meeting on 10th-11th September 2018. We now invite you to submit your research abstracts.

We are pleased to announce keynote talks from the following speakers, with more to follow:
• Professor Paul Rullkoetter, University of Denver
• Professor Eileen Ingham, University of Leeds
• Professor Ashley Blom, University of Bristol
• Professor Julia Shelton, Queen Mary, University of London
• Dr Chris MacDonald, Arthritis Research UK

Key dates:
Abstract submission opens: Thursday 1st March 2018
Abstract submission closes: Friday 6th April 2018
Notification of acceptance: Late May 2018
Early bird registration closes: Late June 2018

Abstract submission and conference registration
Abstract submission and conference registration will be managed through the link provided below.

Please use the template on the BORS2018 mini-site here:

We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds in September,

Sophie Williams, Claire Brockett & the BORS 2018 Organising Committee.

Professor James Richardson
Prof Richardson
A well-respected colleague and friend to the Orthopaedic community , Professor James Richardson, died unexpectedly in February, whilst on a well-deserved family holiday. James was a unique personality, with an indomitable spirit of optimism and fun and amazing energy for innovation, always pushing the boundaries to get the very best possible outcome for his patients. He was an inspiration to clinicians and scientists alike, all around the world. A Professor of Orthopaedics at Keele University and Director of the Institute of Orthopaedics, Professor Richardson had a long and illustrious career, which was recognised at the Trust’s awards ceremony in November where he was presented with the Chief Executive’s Award for Inspirational Leadership.

For 20 years he has been flying the flag for ACI, with drive and tenacity, running clinical trials and heading what is currently the only manufacturing unit for chondrocytes in the UK. Undoubtedly, his personal commitment to building an evidence-base for ACI played a huge part in the decision by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) finally to recommend the use of ACI for cartilage repair in the UK, in October 2017.  This will surely be his most lasting legacy to orthopaedics.  His humanity and dignity made it impossible to avoid admiring and liking him in equal measure. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Acknowledgement- Professor Sally Roberts (RJAH Hospital and Keele University) for the information.

2018 BORS/BJR International Travelling Research Fellowships for Young Investigators
Following the initiation in 2007 of the very popular international Travelling Fellowships Scheme for Young Investigators, the Executive Committee has approved this scheme for 2018.  

The fellowship is as a vital component of the Societies twin objectives of:

•    Promoting education,
•    Increasing research opportunities for our younger members.

The Scheme involves close collaboration with a number of international centres of excellence in musculoskeletal research and will coincide with the ORS meeting in New Orleans in March 2018.


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Vacant position

PhD studentship in Cardiff 2018.

An MRC-funded PhD studentship hosted at the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre (ARUKBBC) in Cardiff, and the University of Bristol Musculoskeletal Research Unit. This is a great opportunity for interdisciplinary research in bone biology, mechanotransduction, human genetics and molecular biology.

Using human genetics to reveal novel molecular pathways involved in mediating protective skeletal responses to exercise and mechanical loading
The skeleton’s adaptive response to mechanical loading is compromised in osteoporosis, causing bone fractures. The project identifies molecular mechanisms underlying mechanical responses of the skeleton, implicated in osteoporosis. Cutting edge technologies involving human genetics and 3D models for studying bone mechanoresponses will be used.
Dr Deborah Mason.
Lead Institution: Cardiff.

Applicants can find out more information about our studentships on our website: and can apply by clicking on the following link: The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 24th November 2017 after which the application form will close and applicants will no longer be able to apply.

International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies
BORS is a member of International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) a global community of musculoskeletal researchers; basic, translational, and clinical.

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The British Orthopaedic Research Society supports the Bone and Joint Decade.

Find out more

British Orthopaedic Foundation - Research Agenda