The Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit (TORU) is led by Orthopaedic Surgeon Prof Paul Smith. The Unit undertakes clinical and laboratory research in the field of musculoskeletal disease. This includes clinical aspects of arthroplasty, trauma and fractures, medical imaging and joint kinematics. Dr Joseph Lynch the research lead of the clinical program

TORU has established a collaborative laboratory facility with laboratories at Canberra Hospital and at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU. Dr Rachel Li is the director of the laboratory research program. Through this collaborative laboratory TORU has an extensive capacity to investigate over a wide field.

TORU’s mission is to conduct excellent research which meaningfully impacts on the clinical practice of orthopaedics and the well-being of patients. This includes the development of novel surgical modalities and therapeutic concepts by conducting translational medicine that bridges basic science and clinical practice. We aim to create a rich research environment by promoting active, multidisciplinary collaboration among orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, engineers, radiologists, biologists, and rheumatologists. Fundamental to our research endeavour is the provision of an educational hub for students, orthopaedic registrars and researchers.