Orthopaedic Research UK is a charitable organisation funding high quality research and education into orthopaedic science.
We are an independent body dedicated to advancing orthopaedic knowledge, not just by funding and publicising research – but also by organising training and events which promote collaboration between orthopaedic surgeons, scientists and engineers.
We were established in 1989 by the orthopaedic surgeon Mr Ronald Furlong FRCS. Until 2011 we were known as the Furlong Research Charitable Foundation.
Today we are one of the most significant funders of orthopaedic research in the UK, working alongside many of the UK’s leading academic institutions.
We run a number of educational events that provide training in orthopaedic techniques, gathering experts from different disciplines to share knowledge and experience. We actively publicise the findings of research we have funded.
Our scientific advisory committee meets two times a year to support our funding decisions. An independent review panel assesses each project separately from the foundation. Overseeing all our activities and decisions are our Trustees. All our committees comprise eminent figures in their respective fields of expertise.
Mr Furlong rose to the rank of Brigadier, commanding orthopaedic Units in North Africa, Egypt and Italy and this experience was invaluable to his orthopaedic career. In 1969 he became Director of the Orthopaedic Department at St Thomas’ Hospital, where one of his responsibilities was the teaching of hip replacement surgery. Mr Furlong was responsible for a revolution in artificial joint and implant design, dramatically transforming the long-term results of joint replacements and the lives of many patients. In 1979 he designed one of the first straight stem prostheses for use with cement. As a pioneering surgeon and using his knowledge of biomechanics, he designed a ‘HAC coated...Read more