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David Beard

MSc, MA, DPhil

SITU Co-Director / Chief Investigator

  • Co-Director of RCS Surgical Trials Unit (SITU) Oxford
  • Director of Orthopaedic Surgical and Interventional Trials (OSIRIS).

My academic qualifications include an MSc in Biomedical Science (Research Methodology) from Kings College (London) in 1992, an MA by resolution (Kellogg College, Oxford) 2012, and a Doctorate in Medicine (Oxford), 1996 awarded for studies on knee joint proprioception and compensatory mechanisms after anterior cruciate injury.

Previous clinical work includes posts in Bath, Jersey, and Canada.  I have previously held senior academic posts at Oxford and Sydney, Australia, and held honorary academic positions in Cardiff and Bristol. Initially qualified a chartered physiotherapist (GDPhys) in Nottingham, I maintain an active clinical role as Specialist Practitioner (Knee) for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg (NHS) University Health Board.

Having been involved with a variety of research areas within orthopaedics and MSK health/science (including bio-engineering, epidemiology, physiology, rehabilitation, diagnostic tests, decision making and outcome assessment) my present work focuses on the design and development of surgical clinical trials, specialising in elective orthopaedic surgery.  Additional work includes clinical pathway, decision making and outcomes development in orthopaedic healthcare and science.

I am CI and Co-applicant on several NIHR and Arthritis Research UK funded projects including TOPKAT, CSAW, COAST and a new HTA programme grant to establish selection of appropriate patients for knee replacement (the ACHE tool).  Using the strengths of OSIRIS, SITU and OCTRU, and links with organisations such as GRIST (Growing Recruitment Into Surgical Trials), and the IDEAL Collaboration we hope to improve the delivery and quality of trials in surgery.

I am also the current Chair of the Botnar Academic Board (BAB) in NDORMS, and supervise several DPhil, PhD and Masters students.  I both teach and co-coordinate a module for the NDORMS Musculoskeletal Sciences MSc.

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