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Orthopaedic Research Institute

The Orthopaedic Research Institute, founded in 1987, is dedicated to applied research and development in support of orthopaedics and other medical specialties. The institute has a strong emphasis in the design, development and testing of orthopaedic implants, surgical instruments, and related hardware and software systems. ORI also engages in educational and publishing activities for the dissemination of medical information to the public and of technology to the medical community. The Institute's staff and affiliates include physicians, engineers, materials scientists, technicians, resident surgeons, graduate students and consulting faculty members from several universities who collaborate in a stimulating interdisciplinary environment.

ORI Mission

Development - Involves novel devices, methods and procedures with applications in orthopaedic surgery. This involves the application of engineering methods, techniques, and procedures to the solution of problems in clinical orthopaedics, resulting in new devices, systems, materials, and procedures. Further, the application of biocompatibility testing using cutting-edge in vitro and in vivo model systems can enhance safety assessments, and development of new combination technologies between engineering and biology will lead to novel approaches to resolving issues in trauma and connective tissue diseases.

Research - Includes both applied research in the laboratory and in clinical settings to enhance the understanding of orthopaedic-musculoskeletal diseases, their prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Basic research on the pathophysiology of connective tissue diseases to enhance the pre-clinical evaluation of pharmaceutical drugs, and biological response modifiers for the treatment of arthritis and bone disease. 

Education - Consists of instruction, training and research support for orthopaedic surgeons, residents and nurses. This also includes lectures at community organizations and universities to educate both the public and the professional in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal related issues. ORI will also be recruiting Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows through its affiliation with the Department of Biology at Wichita State University.

The Institute has extensive facilities for testing materials and components, both in simulated body environments and on human cadavers. Backed up with industry-leading computational engineering design and analysis capabilities, our interdisciplinary setting has proven to be an innovative and productive venue for solving medical, engineering, and material science problems.

ORI also has animal testing facilities at Wichita State University to conduct testing of drugs and biological response modifiers in mouse models of arthritis, and biocompatibility models (both in vitro and in vivo) to evaluate the safety of materials for biomedical devices. It performs evaluation of patient responses to aid in the selection of appropriate indwelling devices, and analysis-adverse responses to assess the contribution of material specific reactions.

ORI offers the expertise and flexibility to the solution of design, product evaluation, and development demands. Research partners of ORI include a number of major orthopaedic companies.