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Prof David Beard

Fellow, Official Fellow

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences

Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Science

Professor of Musculoskeletal Sciences and Co-director of SITU (Royal College of Surgeons Surgical Intervention Trials Unit) within the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Science (Division of Medicine).

Academic qualifications include an MSc in Biomedical Science (Kings College London) and a DPhil in Medicine (Oxford) awarded for studies on knee joint proprioception.  Previous positions include an RCUK Fellowship in Oxford, a Senior Lectureship at the University of Sydney, and honorary positions in Cardiff and Bristol.  Initially qualified as a chartered physiotherapist, he maintains an active clinical role as Advanced Practitioner.

Research interests are based upon a broad musculoskeletal health/science background that include bio-engineering/joint kinematics, epidemiology, cruciate deficiency, ligament physiology, rehabilitation, diagnostic tests, decision making and outcome assessment, particularly for the knee joint.  Much work has centred on the management/ interventions for knee and hip arthritis but also include the shoulder.  Current research focus is the design, methodology, development and running of trials assessing surgical interventions (including placebo models). This is achieved through the post heading up SITU (see website for details:;
Other roles include the supervision of several doctoral and masters students, reviewing for journals and funding bodies, an independent consultant to select industrial partners, and the current Chair of the NDORMS Graduate Studies Committee.

For publications and grants please see his department page.