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Colloquium for the Retirement of Professor David Marsh

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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.

The Speakers:

To View the colloquium programme (pdf, 94kb)
To Read Professor David Marsh's colloquium page


Professor Mark Emberton appointed Director

Professor Mark Emberton

Congratulations to Professor Mark Emberton on his recent appointment as the new Divisional Director.  He will commence on 1st April 2012.  We would also like to thank Professor Monty Mythen for acting as the interim Divisional Director over the past 9 months.

Professor Emberton 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 said, “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.”


IOMS Journal Club, Friday March 9th, 9am

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The next IOMS journal club meeting will be Friday 9th March (this Friday) at 9am, for at 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.

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 Medical Sciences and Population Health Sciences

Professor Mark Emberton wrote:

"Many congratulations to Prasad Sawadkar for coming in a close second in the annual poster competition: “Testing of a modified suture technique to accommodate a tissue engineered tendon in vivo

He has been represented the Division this year.

More details on the results


15th and 16th December 2011, Pearce Gould Visiting Professor 2011

The Pearce Gould visiting Lecturer this year was: Mr Keith Rolles
The Charles Clarke Prize has been awarded to:  Katerina Stamati and Eva Puschmann


20th October 2011, Lunch Hour Lecture held by Prof Allen Goodship

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

For more information on that Event (location, time....)
To view Lunch Hour Lecture calendar


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.

More details


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:

To view the statistics


7th July 2011, UCL technology used in windpipe transplant:

Synthetic windpipe
Synthetic windpipe

Professor Alexander Seifalian (UCL Surgery & Interventional Science) and his team designed and built the synthetic windpipe ‘scaffold’ used in an operation announced today.

Read UCL press release

  • From  the BBC News Online:

First synthetic organ transplant, By Fergus Walsh, Medical correspondent, BBC News Health

Surgeons carry out first synthetic windpipe transplant, By Michelle Roberts, Health reporter, BBC News, in Stockholm