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ROH colleague recognised at the 2024 Bone Idols

Teresa Brodie, Assistant Clinical Research Practitioner at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has won the Allied Health Professional of the Year award at this year's Bone Cancer Research Trust Bone Idols.

Teresa commented: “I am very grateful to be the recipient of this award - especially from an organisation I truly admire. It’s wonderful to be recognised and help raise the profile of the different research into sarcomas (bone cancer) up and down the country.” 

The Bone Idols Awards were set-up by the Bone Cancer Research Trust in 2021 to celebrate those who show exceptional dedication to improving the lives of bone cancer patients.

Teresa works incredibly hard supporting patients who donate tissue samples for sarcoma research and she was recognised for the dedication and passion she shows in her role, ensuring that patients are informed and supported throughout their experience.

Teresa added: “Part of my role as an Assistant-Clinical Research Practitioner within the Research Delivery Team here at the ROH is to approach patients who have been given a diagnosis of a primary bone cancer. I see the patients when they attend the hospital for their surgery to discuss whether they would like to participate and consent to ‘Donation of Human Tissue for Research’. These precious donations are then supplied to a number of renowned researchers throughout the UK who are working on current research projects for these diseases.

“I am always humbled by the generosity of our patients who consent to tissue donation at this very difficult time in their lives. The positive I take from my role is that many patients say they appreciate the opportunity to help fight the disease for other patients and future generations.” 

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital also had other colleagues nominated for an award at the Bone Idols including the following:

  • Jonathan Stevenson – Surgeon of the Year
  • Debra Dunne – Allied Health Professional of the Year
  • Radiologists – Team of the Year
  • Rajesh Botchu – Researcher of the Year
  • Lucas Souza – Rising Research Star

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital carries out extensive research with a team made up of 22 staff members and a vast research portfolio across Orthopaedic and Oncology specialties. Led by ROH consultants, physiotherapists and nurses often working in close collaboration with other orthopaedic research teams across the UK and around the world, this research ensures patients have access to the very latest innovations in orthopaedic care.

The Trust also runs a research tissue bank, established over thirty yars ago and containing the world’s largest archive of frozen bone tumour samples. It currently holds over 32,000 bone and muscle samples, including all orthopaedic malignancies as well as other benign and non-tumour tissue types which supports research into some of the rarest bone cancers.