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About the Centre (COTR)

The Centre's mechanical testing laboratory

The Centre’s world-class work encompasses all aspects of orthopaedic research, including clinical management, basic science, bioengineering, pathology and epidemiology.

COTR’s focus extends from congenital and childhood musculoskeletal injury and defects, to elderly musculoskeletal disorders and injuries that can occur at any age, particularly through motor vehicle accidents.

COTR’s multidisciplinary, multi-campus approach builds on a history of excellence in bone and joint research at the University, and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading academic centres in orthopaedics.Our research is undertaken across various campuses of the Adelaide Central Health Network, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Women's and Children's Hospital, the Lyell McEwin Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre, as well as at affiliated private institutions.

Our members, affiliates and collaborators are current thought leaders in the fields of clinical and experimental joint replacement surgery, upper and lower limb trauma surgery, spinal surgery, metabolic bone disease, rehabilitation medicine, studies of bone structure, cell and molecular biology of bone and bone cancer.

The aim of the activities of the Centre is to improve the management of musculoskeletal conditions by a better understanding of the causes and biology, develop improved surgical and medical approaches to management and thereby prevent hospital admissions, get patients out of hospital quicker to reduce health care costs and to rapidly return patients to normal activities of daily living and well-being.

At COTR, we aim to keep the community on their feet.


Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research

Level 4
Bice Building
Royal Adelaide Hospital


T: +61 8 8222 5661
F: +61 8 8232 3065


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