The Division of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery seeks to deliver excellence in research, teaching and training as it relates to the surgery of bones, joints and other structures relevant to movement.
The Division, lead by Prof Andrew McCaskie, forms part of the Department of Surgery. We aim to improve understanding of bone and joint problems and so develop treatments to relieve pain and restore function.
We adopt a translational approach, meaning that we seek advances in fundamental musculoskeletal sciences that apply to patient care in the operating theatre and clinic.
Our science interests reflect three main areas – the basic science designed to elucidate the developmental cascade of the osteoblast and chondrocyte lineages, both from known precursors and novel sources, exploring their role in disease and understanding how local niches impinge on the developmental cascade. We also have research programmes that understand musculoskeletal repair, regeneration and replacement, particularly fabricating and evaluating cell response to multi-material composites for use in osteochondral tissue engineering and we have research programmes that translate novel interventions and therapy for the clinic.