Friday 26th April 2019 hailed our 20th Annual Research Day.
Over the last two decades this day has become a firm date on the hospital and orthopaedic teaching calendars and is always awaited with eager anticipation and hopeful expectation. It is the occasion when Specialty Registrars have the opportunity to present their research projects and for our Scientific Colleagues to showcase the outstanding research projects they undertake with the anticipation of expanding our research portfolio by collaboration. Much of this work receives substantial financial support from the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd.
The day began with a Q&A session with the Director of Research and the Chief Executive. This was followed by parallel scientific and clinical presentations running through until lunchtime. During the afternoon both researchers and clinicians joined together for the final combined session.
We are indebted to our judges who gave up their valuable time for the entire day; Mr Ed Bache, Professor Paul Cool, Professor Alistair Hart, Mr Paul Jermin, Mr Steve White, Professor Nick Forsyth and Professor Paul Kingston. It was also the ideal opportunity to welcome Mr Geraint Thomas our new Senior Lecturer in Population Orthopaedics.
The Guest Lecturer this year was Professor Anthony Hollander, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Impact from the University of Liverpool who gave a most informative lecture on “Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells as a Tool in the Armoury of Treatments for Diseases of Cartilage”.
The posters were of their customary excellent standard and the judges once again had a difficult task picking the winners. Award for the best scientific poster went to Claire Mennan for her poster “Characterisation of a Sub-population of Macrophages from Human Bone Marrow”. Winner of the best clinical poster was Catriona Heaver with her entry entitled “Reliability of Templating for the BOX Total Ankle Replacement”.
John Garcia waltzed away with the “Golden Test Tube” for his presentation entitled “Up-Scale Manufacture of Chondrocytes in the Development of Allogeneic Cartilage Therapies”. The “Programme Director’s Trophy” was awarded to Catriona Heaver for her presentation “What does your Google search say about you?”
The prestigious Professor’s Medal for the best clinical presentation was conferred on Caroline Dover for her presentation entitled “A Biomechanical Study of Greater Tuberosity Fracture Fixation – Comparing Plate, Screw, and Suture Fixation Methods using Porcine Model”. Caroline was officially presented with her medal at the Old Oswestrians’ Club Meeting held on 7th June. She will also be given the opportunity to represent the Oswestry/Stoke Training Programme in the BOA “Best of the Best” Competition at the BOA Congress being held in Liverpool in September.
Finally we must thank all consultant trainers for their input, dedication and continuing support of the trainees and to the Orthopaedic Institute Ltd for the generous support of the many outstanding research projects carried out within the Trust.
A Roberts – Director of Research
R D Banerjee – Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon/Director of Clinical Studies