At the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford, we have several research groups involved in strengthening musculoskeletal care internationally:


Lavy Global Surgery Group

The Lavy Global Surgery Group is deeply involved in research, teaching and training to strengthen surgical and musculoskeletal care and training capacity in Africa. Projects include:

  • THET AGP - Delayed Presenting Clubfoot - Development of training for treatment and surgical care for walking children with delayed presenting clubfoot in Ethiopia.
  • COVID Trauma Study - A study on the impact of COVID-19 on orthopaedic trauma services across Africa.
  • Africa Clubfoot Training (ACT) - medical education project to develop training resources to improve care for children born with clubfoot.
  • COOL (COSECSA Oxford Orthopaedic Link) - a health partnership between University of Oxford and College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa to support training of health workers treating trauma and musculoskeletal impairment in East, Central and Southern Africa.  
  • SURG-Africa - an implementation research project aiming to scale up access to safe surgery for district and rural populations in Africa.


Oxford Trauma and Emergency Care Group

The Oxford Trauma and Emergency Care Group seeks to improve patient care by designing and testing new treatments and new treatment pathways. We aim to deliver better outcomes for patients and more efficient care within the NHS and other healthcare system worldwide. Our research focuses on the clinical and cost effectiveness of orthopaedic surgery, with increasing involvement in global health research partners in this field. Find out more about our trials here.


Research at Oxford on Analyis of Motion (ROAM)

The ROAM Group aim to cover basic science, as well as applied clinical research in the area of human gait and movement analysis, with a focus on these themes:

  1. Cerebral Palsy – a focus on orthopaedic treatment, management and assessment 

  2. Foot and Ankle - foot and ankle biomechanics, treatment and assessment 

  3. Technical - technical development of biomechanical modelling and reporting methods 

  4. Upper Limb – development and application of tools for measuring upper limb motion 

 They are supporting development of a new gait lab at CURE Ethiopia Children's Hospital in Addis Ababa. ( See article here)