Education and Training

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit actively welcomes and supports higher degree students, surgeons, and researchers.


Our work has provided unique opportunities for students to work with world-class surgeons and researchers to refine their research skills in a clinical environment. We provide them with training and facilities, support and mentorship and exciting research opportunities across a variety of disciplines. TORU currently has medical students working with us from the John Curtin Medical School as well as numerous master’s and doctoral candidates from the ANU.


The Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit offers a number of fellowships for doctors and researchers to gain specialised skills in the field of orthopaedics and trauma. Programs include hands-on clinical research and intensive laboratory and clinical work.

  • Canberra Clinical/Research Fellow for General and Lower Limb Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Canberra Trauma and Orthopaedic Unit Research Fellow
  • Clinical and Research Fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction

Interested applications please follow the links of the desired fellowship for detail on how to apply


Currently TORU has one scholarship available for medical students interested in orthopaedic research

  • 1. The Reg Kitchin Honours Degree Scholarship for orthopaedic research.




Mr Ben Serpell, ANU

  • Is there a relationship between hamstring and quadriceps co-contraction and ACL elongation?

Mr Andrew Griffin, ANU

  • Biomechanical factors predisposing injury in Sprint kayaking,marathon kayaking and ocean paddling

Obinna Ihulsior, UNSW @ADFA

  • Simulation of wear in total knee replacement using finite element analysis

Catherine Galvin, UC

  • Age-associated variation in both healthy and osteoarthritic knee kinematics


Dr Sumedha Amarasekara

  • Supercable Fatigue Testing for Simulated Femoral Fracture

Dr Claire Bolton

  • Anatomy of the acetabulum

Dr Mitchell Kingston

  • Arterial Anatomy of the Gluteus Medius and Minimus tendons

Dr David Owen

  • Factors predictive of patient outcome following total wrist arthrodesis

Medical Students

Mitchell Connelly

  • Post-thrombotic syndrome following lower limb arthroplasty: A systematic review

Alistair Watson

  • Risk Factors Driving Multiple Hip Joint Dislocation Post Total Hip Arthroplasty

Maxine Reesis

  • Indications of change in Dorsal Root Ganglia in whiplash patients on MRI

Corey Ta

  • Establishing the normative volume of cervical muscles on MRI

Andy Daniluk

  • Establishing the normal morphometry of the cervical IVDs on MRI

Nikhil Jha

  • Establishing the normal morphometry of Fat Muscle Volume on MRI



Weiqiang Chen

  • Deciphering the interplay between alphavirus infection and inflammatory arthritis

Mr Song Chen, ANU

  • A Bioinformatics approach to establish an osteo-network: Osteomics