The North Staffordshire Orthopaedic Research Foundation

University Hospital of North StaffordshireThe North Staffordshire Orthopaedic Research Foundation is a registered charity (1047818).  The charity was set up in the early 1980s; it funds and staffs a research laboratory in the Royal Stoke University Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent. The laboratory is known locally as the Bionic Workshop.  The laboratory has all the sophisticated testing machinery necessary for the development of new implants and prostheses. It was originally set up for research into the improvement and development of implants for spinal surgery in general and scoliosis in particular but has now expanded to cover implants for all aspects of orthopaedic surgery.


The charity funds an orthopaedic research fellow who also serves a clinical role within the hospital’s orthopaedic department. In addition the laboratory provides a clinical facility in the form of locomotor assessment which in the recent past has played an important role in the assessment of patients for prostheses.  The laboratory does not limit itself to orthopaedic surgery having for example recently adapted its force plate for the assessment of the response to treatment of diabetic patients with lower limb circulatory insufficiency. Although primarily serving North Staffordshire we are happy to make our facilities available to other centres whose surgeons may have useful ideas for new developments within the field of orthopaedic implants. 

Current Spinal Research Fellow

Dr Stalian Anghel

The main topic of Dr Anghel's research will be the prediction of disability subsequent to osteoporotic spinal fractures.