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Institute of Bone and Joint Research

Bone and joint health for all
The Institute of Bone and Joint Health (IBJR) is devoted to advancing our understanding of the disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, their diagnosis and treatments. We are an institute without walls.

About us

IBJR was established in 1999 and aims to advance our understanding of musculoskeletal disorders and diseases, their diagnosis and treatment.  Our work is underpinned by four themes, while maintaining consumer- and clinician-driven research, education and practice.

  • Influence and impact
  • Knowledge and innovation
  • Prevention, treatment and cure
  • Communication and education

Our research

Our research aims to:

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

We are comprised of two clinical groups and three laboratory groups which carry out extensive research in the musculoskeletal field.

  • Department of Rheumatology
  • Department of Orthopaedics
  • Sutton Arthritis Research Laboratories
  • Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Research Laboratories
  • Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory

Research highlights

Professor David Hunter, IBJR Centre Head

IBJR Research group heads
  • Dr Elizabeth Clark, Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Professor Chris Little, Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Research Laboratories
  • Professor Chris Jackson, Sutton Arthritis Research Laboratories
  • Professor David Hunter and Professor Lyn March, Department of Rheumatology
  • Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, Head of Back Pain Research
  • Professor Bil Walter, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatic Surgery

Contact us

Institute of Bone and Joint Research
Address
  • 7C Clinical Administration - Department of Rheumatology Royal North Shore Hospital Reserve Road St Leonards 2065