About the Institute


The Institute of Bone and Joint Research was established in 1999 to provide an Institute devoted to advancing our understanding of the disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, their diagnosis and treatments. The IBJR is an institute without walls.

The research laboratories within the RNSH campus have recently moved into the new state of the art Kolling Building.

The clinical and other research units are located, not only on the RNSH campus, but also at other teaching hospitals of the University of Sydney.

At the RNSH, basic and clinical research within the IBJR are presently undertaken in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology and their associated laboratories which include:

  • Sutton Arthritis Research Laboratories
  • Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Research Laboratories
  • C Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory

The IBJR joined the Kolling Institute of Medical Research in 2006, with the objective of improving the collaboration and cross-fertilisation between researchers in different disciplines to advance bone and joint disease research on the campus.

Our primary objectives

  • To identify the causes of joint destruction in arthritis and to develop surgical and medical treatments which will restore joint structure and function;
  • to understand the pathophysiology of bone, cartilage and tendon failure in musculoskeletal disorders and devise new approaches for their repair and regeneration;
  • to identify the factors (inherited, occupational, hormonal, etc.) which contribute to the morbidity of bone and joint disease in the Australian community.

Apart from supporting research activities in the above areas, the Institute also disseminates recent advances in our understanding of the musculoskeletal sciences by organising regular public seminars and scientific symposia at which leading specialists present their latest research findings.