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New Institute for Musculoskeletal Surgery launched


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Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust Press Release

For immediate release
Thursday 27 January 2005

Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust today launch the Institute for Musculoskeletal Surgery (IMS).

The IMS, based at Ravenscourt Park Hospital, next to the Day Care Unit, will research new techniques to improve musculoskeletal surgery, as well as developing new programmes to improve the care of patients with bone and joint problems, including those undergoing hip or knee-replacement surgery.

The IMS will employ a number of new staff, including surgeons, psychologists and physiotherapists, as well as existing staff from Ravenscourt Park Hospital.

Professor Sean Hughes, Director of the Institute, from Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospital comments: "This new research institute is excellent news for the many patients who have musculoskeletal problems. With an ageing population, musculoskeletal surgery will become ever more common as we live longer, and this new institute will help develop the best techniques in both innovative surgery, including robotic and computer-guided surgery, and lead the way in improving patient care."

The main focus of the Institute will be to develop clinical outcome studies of patients. The researchers will use new management techniques to measure the overall success of surgery, including the effectiveness of implants, evaluation of surgeons' techniques, and to gain a better understanding of patients' expectations of operations.

They will also be able to use this information to run improved clinical trials, and new clinical measuring, including joint motion measurement systems, bone densitometry, gait analysis and ultrasound evaluation.

In addition to research, the Institute will have a training function. GP's, specialist registrars, medical students, nurses and therapists will all learn to manage patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

Professor Stephen Smith, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London adds: "By combining Imperial's research strengths with Hammersmith's excellence in patient care, this new Institute will make a big difference, not just in researching new techniques, but also in training the next generation of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals."

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For further information please contact (media only):

Tony Stephenson
Imperial College London Press Office
Tel: +44 (0)20 7594 6712
Mobile: +44 (0)7753 739766
E-mail: at.stephenson@imperial.ac.uk

Simon Wilde
Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust
Tel: +44 (0)20 8383 4549
E-mail: swilde@hhnt.nhs.uk

Notes to editors:

1.Consistently rated in the top three UK university institutions, Imperial College London is a world leading science-based university whose reputation for excellence in teaching and research attracts students (11,000) and staff (6,000) of the highest international quality. Innovative research at the College explores the interface between science, medicine, engineering and management and delivers practical solutions that enhance the quality of life and the environment - underpinned by a dynamic enterprise culture. Website: www.imperial.ac.uk.

2. Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, based in north west London, comprises Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea and Ravenscourt Park Hospitals. The unique world-class research environment at the Hammersmith provides the opportunity for translational research reaching from laboratory bench to patient's bedside. In addition to receiving a large proportion of the NHS R&D budget, the Trust works closely with Imperial College London in all clinical specialities. The Medical Research Council's largest clinical research centre is also based at Hammersmith Hospital and many major charities fund research units. Over 60% of our research budget is dedicated to programmes targeted at national priorities, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Website: www.hhnt.nhs.uk

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