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The Kennedy Institute is part of the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS). Research at NDORMS focuses on discovering the causes of musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions to deliver excellent and innovative care that improves people’s quality of life.

Montage of images from the Botnar Research Centre and Kennedy Institute

The largest European academic department in its field, NDORMS is part of the Medical Sciences Division of the University of Oxford. We run a multi-disciplinary programme of research and teaching, supported by a grant portfolio worth over £170m.

Headed by Prof Jonathan Rees, we are a growing community of over 500 staff, approximately 100 post-graduate students, more than 30 professors, several university lecturers, and senior researchers . Our highly skilled team has expertise in a broad range of areas, including orthopaedic surgery, inflammation, immunology, rheumatology, medical statistics, epidemiology, data science and clinical trials.

The research work of the department takes place across three world-leading research institutes: the Botnar Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences, the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology and the Kadoorie Centre.

The co-location with NHS services at Oxford's Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) puts the department in an excellent and rare position, where basic researchers work alongside clinicians. This substantially improves our research capability, improving access for researchers to patients, and facilitates the interaction between clinicians and scientists, which is essential for successful translational research.

We also host and collaborate with a number of leading research units, including:

 You can find about more about NDORMS here.