The Brisbane Hand & Upper Limb Research Institute was established in 2010 to facilitate and coordinate upper limb clinical and basic science research across the private and public health-care sectors in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Our team of researchers are involved in over 30 projects dedicated to improving the quality of health care, surgery and outcomes of people with upper limb conditions. See our current projects.

You can contribute to a range of work that helps us to provide safer and better-quality care to patients who experience Hand and Upper Limb conditions:

• Expert knowledge and skill
• Donation (tax deductible)

Please contact our Research Manager via researchmanager@upperlimb.com.

Recent News

Hand Surgery and the Digital Revolution Conference

In March, the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute gave a number of presentations at the 12th Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand and the [...]

Recruitment Finalised: Prediction of post-operative cognitive decline following shoulder surgery in the beach chair position: the value of cerebral oximetry

Surgery to the shoulder may be performed with patients seated upright in a position known as the beach chair position (BCP). We have recently recruited our 200th and final participant [...]

In vitro comparison of wear characteristics of PyroCarbon & metal on bone: Shoulder hemiarthroplasty

Prof Mark Ross, previous fellow Dr Noel Peter and other collaborators have published results showing that PyroCarbon hemiarthroplasty implants cause significantly less damage to bone than conventional cobalt chromium implants [...]

BHULRI digitalisation

Study participants are now completing electronic questionnaires. Going digital will reduce data entry time, allowing the research team to spend more time on experimental design and data analysis. It will [...]

Contribution to Textbook – “Normal and Pathological Anatomy of the Shoulder”

Professor Mark Ross and Visiting Shoulder Fellow Dr Kieran Hirpara (MB, BCh, BAO, MD, FRCSOrth) contributed to a book chapter describing the "Anterior Shoulder Approaches to the Shoulder." The text [...]

Recent Publications

Health-care providers’ perspectives on factors influencing return-to-work after surgery for nontraumatic conditions of the upper extremity

Peters SE, Coppieters MW, Ross M, Johnston V. Health-care providers' perspectives on factors influencing return-to-work after surgery for nontraumatic conditions of the upper extremity. J Hand Ther. 2020;33(1):87-95.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jht.2018.09.011

The Lister’s tubercle trapdoor: a minimally invasive technique for harvesting cancellous bone from the distal radius

Ross M, McKenzie J, Couzens G. The Lister's tubercle trapdoor: a minimally invasive technique for harvesting cancellous bone from the distal radius. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2020;30(1):179-182. doi:10.1007/s00590-019-02523-2 Bone graft [...]

Medium to long-term results of a recessed glenoid for glenoid resurfacing in total shoulder arthroplasty

Ross, M., Glasson, J.-M., Alexander, J., Conyard, C. G., Hope, B., Jenkins, O., & Duke, P. F. (2019). Medium to long-term results of a recessed glenoid for glenoid resurfacing in [...]

Pyrocarbon arthroplasty for Kienböck’s disease

Bellemère P, Al-Hakim W, Le Corre A, and Ross M. In: Lichtman DM, Bain GI, editors. Kienböck’s Disease: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment. Springer International Publishing; 2016. ISBN: 978-3-319-34226-9

Total wrist fusion in the management of Kienböck’s disease

Ross M, Marchalleck S, and Bain A. In: Lichtman DM, Bain GI, editors. Kienböck’s Disease: Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment. Springer International Publishing; 2016. ISBN: 978-3-319-34226-9