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Professor Richard Oreffo

Professor Richard Oreffo

Prof in Musculoskeletal Science

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Address: Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road Shirley, SO16 6YD (View in Google Maps)


Professor Richard OC Oreffo holds the chair of Musculoskeletal Science, is co-founder and was the inaugural Director of the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration at the University of Southampton.

He has held positions in USA, AstraZeneca, and University of Oxford before being appointed to a lectureship in 1999 at the University of Southampton. Richard leads a multidisciplinary research group focused on developing strategies to repair bone & cartilage with translation through to patient benefit a personal key driver. His research led to the first 3D titanium bone stem cell impaction graft operation in the UK.

He has developed teams of clinicians and biomedical scientists transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries with a holistic approach to generate clinical impact. Richard has trained over 50 MD and PhD interdisciplinary scientists since 2002 and, published over 370 peer-reviewed papers including breakthrough publications on skeletal stem cells, osteoarthritis and bone regeneration and holds 7 patents. 

In 2015 he was awarded a Doctor of Science by the University of Oxford in bone regenerative medicine. He is founder / CSO of Renovos Biologics Limited. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

In June 2020, he founded the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation, a partnership with universities, business and donors to enable 100 disadvantaged Black British students attend UK universities in the next decade. 


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