Institute of Bone and Joint Research

The Institute of Bone and Joint Research was established in 1999, providing a dedicated institute to advance our understanding of musculoskeletal disorders and diseases, their diagnosis and treatments.

The organisation joined the Kolling Institute in 2006 to improve collaboration between researchers from different disciplines, and to advance bone and joint disease research on the campus. The Institute of Bone and Joint Research is a leader in the discovery, development and delivery of medical and surgical breakthroughs to ease the burden of bone and joint disease. Our epidemiological research aims to raise awareness of the impact of the disease and identify modifiable risk factors for prevention.

The research laboratories on the Royal North Shore Hospital 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 Royal North Shore 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. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of all those suffering with painful and disabling musculoskeletal conditions.

Institute of Bone and Joint Research Centre Head - Professor Bill Walter Chair of Institute of Bone and Joint Research

Our Primary Objectives

  • To identify the causes of joint destruction in arthritis and to develop surgical and medical treatments to 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) which contribute to the impact of bone and joint disease on the Australian community.
  • To communicate recent advances in our understanding of the musculoskeletal sciences through regular public seminars and scientific events, where leading specialists can present their latest research findings.


Find out more about:

A3BC MSK Biobank

Back Pain Research

Murray Maxwell Biomechanics Laboratory


Osteoarthritis Research

Raymond Purves Bone & Joint Research Laboratory

Department of Rheumatology

Sutton Arthritis Research Laboratory

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