Renee Ormsby

Renee Ormsby

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


I have worked in the Biomedical Orthopaedic Research Lab for 7 years and have recently completed my Doctor of Philosophy in Research. My work focuses on the role of osteocytes in aseptic loosening of total hip replacements. Our lab is very interested in osteocytes, the major cell type in the bone, and the role these cells play in bone homeostasis, disease and aging. We focus on diseases including osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, in an effort to find better molecular targets for drug therapies.

My current research focuses on the role of the osteocyte in total hip replacements (THR). THR is one of the most successful techniques used to improve mobility and alleviate pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Osteocytes are connected throughout the bone and their processes are disrupted when prostheses are surgically implanted. This change to bone structure is of import and could explain why failure of implants occur, which is my current research focus. Osteocytes are key cells and research into these cells may provide insights into how the bone changes with disease state and with aging.

  • Phone: 83137248
  • Email: renee.ormsby@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 7
  • Room: WS7062.02
  • Org Unit: Surgical Specialties

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