Welcome to the The North Staffordshire Orthopaedic Research Foundation: 'The Bionic Lab'

Our foundation was jointly founded by Alan Barlow BEM and John Dove, consultant orthopaedic spinal surgeon in the early 1980s at the original Hartshill Orthopaedic Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent. The ‘Rebecca Owen’ of our title is the name of a local girl who at that time was the first in the UK to benefit from a new type of segmental spinal fixation which was invented in Mexico but developed further in our laboratory.

A number of orthopaedic surgeons have as part of their training conducted research in our laboratory the bulk of that research related to the testing and development of new fixation systems for the spine. Read more...

Laura's Story
Laura is twenty-nine years old now and was diagnosed with scoliosis at thirteen. Read her story....

The North Staffordshie Orthopaedic Research Foundation receives no formal funding and is heavily reliant on donations. To donate or find out more please contact us.