Professor Richard Oreffo

Professor of Musculoskeletal Science, University of Southampton


Richard Oreffo holds the chair of Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Southampton and is co-founder of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells & Regeneration. He is Associate Dean Enterprise within the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. In 1999, Richard was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Southampton. He was awarded the Maxime Hanns award in 2001 and a readership and Personal chair in musculoskeletal science in 2004. Richard leads a multidisciplinary research group focused on developing strategies to repair bone and cartilage using stem cell technology and innovative scaffolds for orthopaedic application and on understanding bone development including the role of epigenetics in musculoskeletal diseases.

Much of the work is undertaken in multidisciplinary programs in collaboration with clinicians, bio-engineers, modelers and bone biologists. In 2008 he was appointed to Research Council for Health of the Academy of Finland and currently is Deputy chair of the BBSRC Healthy Organism Panel and former member of ARC Research Committee. He currently serves on the UK National Stem Cell Network Advisory Committee. Richard serves on the editorial boards of the journals Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, European Cells and Materials and Regenerative Medicine and “Journal of Tissue Engineering.” In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Biology. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers and 20 contributed reviews/book chapters and holds 5 patents. He led the group together with Smith and Nephew (Orthobiologics) that was awarded in December 2010, the Medical and Healthcare Sector of the Engineer Technology and Innovation Awards 2010 and the overall Engineer Grand prix award 2010.

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