Brisbane Hand & Upper Limb

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.

Recent News

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

A/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 in simulated shoulder function testing. View this article in Shoulder & Elbow.

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 also reduce our carbon footprint by approximately five trees per year.

Use of Low-profile Palmar Internal Fixation in Digital Replantation

Associate Professor Mark Ross, Dr Gregory Couzens and a previous fellow of the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute, Dr Christof Bollman have recently published on their surgical technique describing the use of low profile palmar internal fixation in digital replantation.  This technique was published in the peer-reviewed journal Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.  To view this publication, click here.

Recent contribution to Textbook - “Normal and Pathological Anatomy of the Shoulder”

Recently, Associate 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 book "Normal and Pathological Anatomy of the Shoulder"  is edited by Dr Gregory Bain, Dr Eiji Itoi, Dr Giovanni Di Giacomo and Dr Hioyuki Sugaya by Springer Publishing.  

The book chapter is a major contribution to the field as the majority of shoulder surgery is performed via the anterior or anterolateral aspect of the shoulder joint. It describes the deltopectoral approach to the shoulder for use in shoulder stabilisation, arthroplasty and fracture fixation, as well as several modifications to this approach to increase exposure, such as coracoid or clavicle osteotomy or anterior deltoid release. It includes a detailed discussion of the surgical anatomy  with diagrammatic representation of the key points. The important neurovascular anatomy for the various extensile procedures and manoeuvres aimed at releasing the joint are also discussed.

Recently published protocol of a randomised trial of conservative treatments for base of thumb osteo

We have recently published the study protocol for a randomised controlled trial we are conducting examining the effectiveness of various conservative management treatments used to managed base of thumb osteoarthritis.  The publication can be found in the international "Hand Therapy" journal, Volume 20, Issue 12 published in 2015.

New publication in Joint Replacement Technology

Associate Professor Mark Ross and Drs Greg Couzens and Chris James, with Dr Jerry Klawitter (Integra Life Sciences) have recently completed a book chapter in the professional textbook, Joint Replacement Technology, 2nd Edition.  The text, edited by Dr PA Revell overviews the latest technologies in joint replacement.  As international experts on the topic, Associate Professor Ross and Dr Couzens from our institute were invited to write the chapter on Pyrocarbon Small Joint Arthoplasty of the Extremities.

New publication in Journal of Wrist Surgery

Our publication on Residual Radial Translation as an occult cause of DRUJ instability, and the new parameter our Institute developed is available online today.  The Journal of Wrist Surgery is one of the leading journals in the field of Hand and Upper Limb Surgery.  Associate Professor Mark Ross and Dr Greg Couzens were the primary investigators behind developing this new parameter.


New publication in Journal of Wrist Surgery

Researchers at the Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute have recently published on a new surgical technique used to treat people who have scapholunate ligament dissociations.  To read more about this technique and our other publications, go to our publications page.



We currently have a new vacancy for the fellowship for July 2014.  Applications for this position will close 31st July 2013.

To apply please go to the applications portal on the fellowship webpage.

Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting 2012

A number of our investigators recently presented the findings of a number of our research projects at the recent Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting held in Brisbane in October.  Associate Professor Mark Ross, Phil Duke, Kenneth Cutbush and Ben Hope contributed a number of papers on research related to recent advances in shoulder surgery.

New Website

Brisbane Hand and Upper Limb Research Institute has a new and improved website.  New items include the ability to view our past and current research achievements, and a new blog site.

Recent Publications

Pyrocarbon arthroplasty for Kienböck's disease

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Total wrist fusion in the management of Kienböck's disease

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Scapho-luno-triquetral tenodesis

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The Institute enables collaboration between Researchers and Upper Limb Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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

Brisbane Private Hospital
Level 9, 259 Wickham Terrace
Brisbane, QLD 4000