Research Day

 17th Annual Research Day  -  Friday 22nd April 2016

 Our 17th Annual Research Day was held on Friday 22nd April. This is the occasion when Specialty Registrars have the opportunity to present their research projects, many of which are supported financially by the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd,  and for our Scientific Colleagues to showcase the outstanding research projects they undertake. 

Parallel sessions were held during the morning; a scientific session was held in the ARC seminar room, whilst a clinical session ran concurrently in the Lecture Theatre.  Both groups came together during the afternoon for a combined session of the best oral presentations. 

We are very grateful to our panel of judges who give up their valuable time for the day.  The Scientific Programme was judged by:  Dr Brian Ashton, Chairman of the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd, Dr Mike Davie, Retired Consultant Physician & Dr Debbie Short, Consultant in Spinal Injuries and Rehabilitation.    The Guest Speaker for the Scientific Session was Professor Alan Silman, from the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics in Oxford, who gave a presentation entitled “Challenges in Musculoskeletal Research in 21st Century”. 

Presentations during the clinical session were judged by Mr Peter Gallacher, Mr Stuart Hay, Mr Simon Lewthwaite and Mr Christopher Marquis, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons from RJAH and Professor Peter Thomas, Professor of Traumatic Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Hospital of North Midlands. 

The posters were of their usual high standard and the prize winners were; Claire Mennan for her scientific poster “Human articular chondrocytes retain their phenotype in sustained hypoxia whilst normoxia promotes their immunomodulatory Capacity”.  Joint winners of the best clinical posters were Mr Rohit Singh and Mr Thomas Hunter for their respective posters entitled “Motocross biking for competition and for recreation – A Prospective analysis of 423 injured riders” and “Is routine syndesmosis screw removal required?”. 

Winner of the “Golden Test Tube” for the best scientific oral presentation was Major Neil Eisenstein with his presentation “Hydroxyapatite dissolution and crystallisation inhibition as a potential treatment for heterotopic ossification”. 

Winner of the Director’s Trophy for the most entertaining presentation was Mr Anuj Jaiswal for his presentation “A Word of Caution for Young Spinal Surgeons”. 

Winner of the prestigious Professor’s Medal for the best oral presentation was Mr Rohit Singh  with his presentation entitled “Growth factor, intense pulse light and collagenase in flexor tendon repair:  A biomechanical study looking at strength and stress analyses” .  Mr Singh will be formally presented with his award at the Old Oswestrians’ Meeting on 3rd June.    He will also represent the Oswestry/Stoke Training Programme in the BOA “Best of the Best” Competition at the annual congress in Belfast in September.    

Guest Lecturer for the afternoon was Dr Rob Townsend, Consultant Microbiologist from Sheffield with a lecture entitled “Bugs, Bones and Bits of Metal”.    Dr Townsend’s visit was fleeting on this occasion but he later described the meeting as “cracking” and expressed a wish to return to this “great hospital”. 

Finally we must thank all consultant trainers for their input, dedication and support of the trainees and to the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd for the continued support of many outstanding research projects carried out within the Trust.

Mr A Roberts                                                               Mr R D Banerjee

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon                           Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Director of Research                                                  Director of Clinical Studies