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Institute of Bone & Joint Research

Institute of Bone & Joint Research

The Institute of Bone and Joint Research (IBJR) 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 IBJR joined the Kolling Institute 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. The IBJR is a leader in the discovery, development and delivery of medical and surgical breakthroughs to ease the burden of bone and joint disease that represent today's most common form of suffering; through our epidemiological research we aim to raise awareness of the burden and to identify modifiable risk factors for prevention.

The research laboratories in the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) campus are located in the state of the art Kolling Building; through our laboratory research we are striving to find the cause and the cure for arthritis and other musculoskeletal and autoimmune conditions. The clinical and other research units are located, not only on the RNSH and Northern Clinical School campus, but also at other teaching hospitals of the University of Sydney.

Through our translational and implementation programs we are ensuring that the research evidence about new interventions and treatments is put into practice; with the ultimate aim of all our endeavours being to improve the quality of life of all those suffering with painful and disabling MSK conditions.

IBJR Centre Head - Professor David Hunter

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.

Institute of Bone & Joint Research Laboratories

C Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory

Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatic Surgery

Department of Rheumatology

Raymond Purves Bone & Joint Research Laboratory

Sutton Arthritis Research Laboratory


Combatting Chronic Disease


Musculoskeletal, Plastic/Burns, Spinal & Trauma


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