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IOMS IBSc student wins Jackson Lewis Scholarship

Barian Mohidin

One of two 2012 Jackson Lewis Scholarship winners is IOMS IBSc graduate Barian Mohidin who not only achieved a first in his IBSc Orthopaedic Science studies but also gained the highest mark of any student. Congratulations Barian! 

More information about the award can be found at the Jackson Lewis Scholarship page.

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IOMS MSc student interviewed in the Guardian

Guardian front page, 20/06/2012

A comment piece titled 'Should medical postgrad courses teach management skills?' in today's Guardian newspaper features contributions from IOMS MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics student Syed Aftab.

Asked about the proposed changes to postgraduate study Syed said:

"I decided to study for an MSc because I was interested in opportunities for good-quality research. Everything we do as doctors is based around gathering supportive evidence."

Read the entire piece on the Guardian website.

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UCL Leads the Information Revolution in Orthopaedics


UCL and orthopaedic surgery in the United Kingdom has found itself thrust to the forefront of an information revolution.

A leading article in the Journal of Bone & Joint Research is published today: J Bone Joint Surg Br 2012;94-B:454–8.

Further information at the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery website (

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Colloquium for the Retirement of Professor David Marsh

*Read more, view photographs, listen to audio and watch presentations given by each distinguished speaker on the day at the Professor David Marsh colloquium page*

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On the 28th March 2012 at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, a Who’s Who in academia, politics, and orthopaedics gathered to celebrate the retirement of Professor David Marsh.

At the meeting, entitled, “Academic Orthopaedic Surgery and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital: the Future” , 15 esteemed speakers addressed the audience of more than 150 guests covering Science and the Orthopaedic Surgeon, National Trauma and Fragility Fracture Issues; Internationalism and Training; and the Future for the UCL Institute of Orthopaedics & Musculoskeletal Science and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, in the context of a world leading musculoskeletal programme for UCL Partners. The UCLP programme has the capability of addressing musculoskeletal care across primary to secondary and tertiary care for a population of up to 9 million people in North Central London.

“Changing the NHS is not easy. It takes a man with a vision, to build a network, attract political will and find the money to change process said Chris Moran, Professor of Orthopaedics from Nottingham. “Professor Marsh did this with the National Hip Fracture Database, which subsequently informed the Best practice Tariff at the Department of Health”.

National Trauma Tzar for the Department of Health, Professor Keith Willett, continued “Professor Marsh’s actions have driven one of the most successful cost saving initiatives in the NHS to date and has led to vast improvements to patient care and saved thousands of patient’s lives”.

Professor Karsten Dreinhöfer, from Berlin said, “Professor Marsh’s international ambassadorship for the Bone & Joint Decade has made an immense contribution to global orthopaedics”.

The event was summarised by Rob Hurd, Chief Executive at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, who formally thanked Professor Marsh for his contribution, “Professor Marsh, has brought to the RNOH research infrastructure, research governance, translational teams and helped to establish wide networks across UCL and afar”. He continued, “David has made an outstanding contribution to both UCL and the RNOH and has taken us from an era of major uncertainty five years ago, to one of clear vision, direction and a bright future.”

Read more, view photographs, listen to audio and watch presentations given by each distinguished speaker on the day at the Professor David Marsh colloquium page.

New Divisional Director appointed

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Mark Emberton has just been appointed the new Director of the Division of Surgery and Interventional Science at UCL. He is also UCL Partners' Pathway Director for urological oncology for London Cancer - a provider network serving 4 million people that live north of the river Thames in London. As Professor of Interventional Oncology at UCL he leads a clinical innovation team that majors in experimental medicine by combining bio-engineering and nanotechnology with early phase trials in men with prostate cancer.  His work encompasses the areas of diagnosis, risk stratification and therapy.

Mark told us, “I am very honoured to have been given the opportunity to help take surgery at UCL into the future. The Division is in great shape and has within it some world-class groups of researchers.  The challenge will be to strengthen these groups and to integrate them further into the three big themes of modern surgery: materials and tissue (implants, biomaterials), energy and tissue (targeted ablation), and non-systemic injectables”.

Mark aims to take on the unique challenges that face academic surgery and modernise accordingly.

He says, “We are about to enter a challenging period of change, one in which the interventions of the future will become unrecognizable from those of the past, and one in which the notion or status of ‘surgeon’ will be challenged. It is exactly this step-change that makes surgery or interventional science such an interesting place to be at present.”

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IOMS prize-giving, March 9th 2012

The Scales Prize is awarded for the best overall student on the IBSc Orthopaedic Science Course and is a prestigious award. This year's winning student, Daniella Kostic, presented her research project on Measurements of Postural Stability using a Force Plate and the medal, certificate and cash prize were presented by Institute Director Professor Gordon Blunn.

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IOMS Journal Club, Friday March 30th

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The next IOMS journal club meeting will be Fri 30th March at 9am, for a 9.15am start, in the student centre. Everyone is welcome and as usual there will be breakfast provided! This week a paper will be presented by Prasad Sawadkar:

Please bring your own copy of the paper.

IOMS Journal Club, Friday March 23rd

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The next IOMS journal club meeting will be Fri 23rd March at 9am, for a 9.15am start, in the student centre. Everyone is welcome and as usual there will be breakfast provided! This week a paper will be presented by Katerina Stamati:

Please bring your own copy of the paper.


IOMS Journal Club, Friday March 16th, 9am

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The next IOMS journal club meeting will be Fri 16th March at 9am, for a 9.15am start, in the student centre. Everyone is welcome and as usual there will be breakfast provided! This week a paper will be presented by Jennifer Verhoekx:

Please bring your own copy of the paper.


IOMS Journal Club, Friday March 9th, 9am

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The next IOMS journal club meeting will be Fri 9th March at 9am, for a 9.15am start, in the IOMS Student Centre. Everyone is welcome and as usual there will be breakfast provided! This week a paper will be presented by two iBSc students: Edward Bayliss and Amir Ardakani.

Please bring your own copy of the paper.

Journal Club is an informal meeting which is held every Friday at 9.15am. The focus of the meeting is to review a chosen scientific paper as a group, sharing and exchanging knowledge and ideas. BSc, MSc students and junior researchers are especially encouraged to attend, but the meetings are open to everybody.


Graduate School Annual Poster Competition Winners – 2011/12

Professor Mark Emberton writes:

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'Many congratulations to Prasad Sawadkar for coming in a close second in the annual poster competition.  Dr Dave Spratt, Chair of the judging committee commented in his announcement that, 'The quality was extremely high, although a clear winner and second were apparent. Great to see the Division so well represented.

Thanks also to Vivek Mudera for his role in judging the 108 posters from the 10 Divisions.'

The results in full:

Graduate School Annual Poster Competition Winners – 2011/12 Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences

First Prize (£400):
  • Charlotte Warren-Gash, Research Department of Infection and Population Health “Influenza infection and risk of acute myocardial infarction”
Second Prize (£200)
  • Prasad Sawadkar, Division of Surgery and Interventional Science “Testing of a modified suture technique to accommodate a tissue engineered tendon in vivo”
    View Prasad's poster
    (ppt, 1.6mb)
4 Runner Up Prizes (£50 each)
  • David Carr, Institute for Women’s Health “Prenatal Ad.VEGF gene therapy – a promising new treatment for fetal growth restriction”
  • Sara Hillman, Institute for Women’s Health “An insulin resistant phenotype in men who father a pregnancy affected by Fetal Growth Restriction (FGR)”
  • Katherine Ordidge, Division of Medicine “Bifunctional iron oxide nanoparticles for MR imaging and hyperthermia therapy in cancer”
  • Kris Gellynck, Eastman Dental Institute “The engineering of cell-based bone-tendon-muscle constructs for management of craniofacial deformities”


IOMS Director Professor Allen Goodship retires

Professor Goodship demonstrates a pair of Harley Davidson Goggles, presented to him by Gordon Blunn on his retirement

Professor Allen Goodship has retired after 12 years as Institute Director. All IOMS members gathered to celebrate his retirement on Monday 9th January 2012.

Professor Gordon Blunn has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute.


Monday 19th March 2012, the second RNOH Vitamin D Conference

The conference will focus on the musculoskeletal aspects of Vitamin D deficiency in children.

RNOH faculty includes

Professor David Marsh (Director of Centre for Academic Clinical Orthopaedics, IOMS). 


• Current Vitamin D prevention and treatment recommendations: Which children should have Vitamin D supplements, when and how should blood levels be checked? 

• Current research including: Osgood-Schlatter, Stress Fracture, Scoliosis, Perthes Disease, SUFE, Mortality, Rickets, child protection and Cerebral Palsy. 


Doctors including orthopaedic surgeons, paediatricians, sports physicians, GPs 

physiotherpapists, osteopaths, occupational Ttherapists, nurses, pharmacists, scientists

RNOH flyer (pdf, 38.3kb)


External News: Stryker Corp fined $15m

Stryker Corp has been fined $15million for misbranding and selling a bone growth mixture (a combination of OP-1 products and  Calstrux) which had never been clinically studied and was not approved by the FDA.

Read the full story (


Monday 23rd January 2012,  lecture by Professor Eyal Lederman

Topic: Neuromuscular changes following musculoskeletal injuries 

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Professor Lederman is an Osteopath and will be speaking about his work on neuromuscular changes following musculoskeletal injuries. He is an excellent speaker and has some very interesting ideas which he will show how he has applied in clinical practice. This talk will be given as part of the MSc in Musculoskeletal Science course, but is too good an opportunity to restrict to only the MSc students so please come along! 

The talk will take place at the IOMS Student Centre, Stanmore on Monday the 23rd January, from 14:00 - 16:00. 

The Student Centre is at the rear of building number six on the second map at the IOMS contact page.

If you wish to attend, please contact Ms Michele Pannaman, Divisional Teaching Administrator on 020 8909 5494 or email m.pannaman[at]

20th October 2011, UCL Lunch Hour Lecture by Professor Allen Goodship

Topic: Osteoporosis: Bouncing babies to crumbling wrinklies - The need to own our bones

The skeleton is key to our ability to undertake everyday movements and activities related to well-being and high quality independent living. The general perception of bone is that of a museum specimen – a dry inert structure. This is far from correct; our skeleton is a dynamic and responsive organ. The material properties and structural architecture are conditioned by both genetics and our changing functional demands throughout life. The devastating degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis (in both women and men) and associated fragility fractures represent a time bomb for society and healthcare requirements in our ageing population. Through an understanding of the pathobiology of bone and the skeleton we can develop strategies to mitigate the risk of these conditions and thus prolong an active and independent life in old age.

This lecture marks World Osteoporosis Day on 20 Oct.


September 2011, The Shimomura Research Prize (SIROT Award)

This Prize has been awarded to IOMS and the Royal Veterinary College for the Best Innovative Research Translatable To Orthopaedic Clinical Care.


15th July 2011, iBSc student presentations and publications 2002-2011

Dr Melanie Coathup, who organises the research project module on the iBSc course in Orthopaedic Science, has recently collated some statistics on how well the student projects do in terms of publication and conference presentations.


March 2011 - MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship

Ms Chimutengwende-Gordon Mukai has been awarded with a MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship by the MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship panel, including Professor Paul Stewart, and Peter Dukes, Head of MRC Research Career Awardsin March 2011.

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