Prof John Kenwright

Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of BORS 2016 held at the University of Glasgow Union Building on 5-6th September. We are especially grateful for the support of the meeting organisers and sponsors. 

Meeting Programme with Abstracts

Many congratulations to our oral and poster presentation winners:

P.F. Dobson (Newcastle)
R Clement (Swansea)
T Kurien (Nottingham)
F.M.Bathawab (Glasgow)

Professor Kenwright was awarded the British Orthopaedic Research Society's Presidents Award for outstanding achievements to British Orthopaedic Research at the Annual Conference in Glasgow, September 2016. This is only the second time that this prize has been awarded.
Professor Kenwright was an undergraduate student  at St John's College Oxford and  a Clinical student at University College Hospital, UCL, London.  He qualified in 1960 and trained in Surgery at Oxford and at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He became a Research Fellow at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, and received a doctorate by thesis. He  was a Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics to the Oxford Hospitals  from 1973 to 1991.  In 1991 he became The Nuffield Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery  until his retirement.
His outstanding research and clinical work has been focused on fracture healing and on limb reconstruction.  John has been the President of a number of prestigious orthopaedic societies  including  The British Orthopaedic Research Society, The British Limb Reconstruction Society and The International Society for Fracture Repair.   He has also delivered a number of important lectures and has been awarded a Royal College of Surgeons of England Hunterian Professorship  for his work on fracture healing, a Robert Jones Lectureship  on Bone and Joint Infection, and  is a  Royal College of Surgeons Alan Apley Lecturer.
At the recent BORS annual meeting John gave an excellent light hearted but insightful lecture  on the seven deadly sins of research as exemplified by his own experiences which  incidentally featured some of our existing BORS members.
Congratulations to Professor John Kenwright who is most deserving of this award.

BORS 2017 will be held at Imperial College, London 4-5th September - please hold the dates in your diaries. 

2016 BORS 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 2016. The fellowship scheme is made possible by sponsorship from the British Editorial Society of Bone & Joint Surgery, publishers of The Bone & Joint Journal (formerly known as JBJS Br) and Bone and Joint Research.

The Scheme involves close collaboration with a number of international centres of excellence in musculoskeletal research and coincided with the iCORS meeting in Xian, China September 2016. We awarded 6 places, which have all been taken up by Iain Murray (Edinburgh),Paul Hindle (Edinburgh), Wayne Nishio Ayre (Cardiff), Harry Hothi (UCL), Alisdair Macleod (Bath) and Sarah Johnson Lynn (Newcastle). Congratulations to those who gained a place on this fellowship, they will be representing BORS on their travels.  Find out more about their exploits.


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'Taking the stress and strain out of mechanical testing of the musculoskeletal system'
The first BORS workshop was held in April in High Wycombe.  The workshop entitled “Taking the stress and strain out of mechanical testing of the musculoskeletal system” was run jointly by BORS, Instron and the British Society for Strain Measurement.  Instron hosted the workshop in their European head-quarters.  The purpose of this workshop was educational and 26 researchers involved in the area of measuring the properties of musculoskeletal tissues and materials attended.
Talks by Dr Gianluca Tozzi from BSSM, Professor Helen Birch , Professor Chavaunne Thorpe and Dr Richie Abel  focussed on  measuring bone strain, the material properties of  tendons and ligaments and on Bone Quality.  Peter Fuller from Instron led talks and demonstrations from Instron on testing musculoskeletal tissue, measuring strain including digital image correlations and on micro CT analysis.   A tour of the Instron factory demonstrated the technology used in constructing different types of materials testing machines. Throughout the day there were interactive and on-going discussion on issues associated with mechanical testing of musculoskeletal tissues.
Special thanks to Peter Fuller and Instron for hosting the meeting and to Professor Allen Goodship for helping to organise the workshop.  

Two other workshops are tentatively planned; one on the ageing of skeletal tissues and the other of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. The first of these will be held in early December.

Elections to the BORS Executive Committee
We would like to make you aware of two positions that will be vacant on the BORS committee from September 2016:

BORS President and BORS Secretary.

At this stage we ask you to put yourself or another forward if you think you or another are a good match for these roles.

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.



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

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British Orthopaedic Foundation - Research Agenda