Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


Bone and Joint Research Group


Photograph of Distinguished Professor Ian Reid

Distinguished Professor Ian Reid is an endocrinologist with research interests in calcium metabolism, osteoporosis and Paget’s disease. He has published extensively on calcium nutrition, vitamin D, and bone-active pharmaceuticals, particularly bisphosphonates. He is also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

Photograph of Associate Professor Mark Bolland

Associate Professor Mark Bolland is the lead investigator of the Prevzol study. He is an emerging researcher who has already been awarded six research grants/fellowships, including a 2012 HRC project grant (12/147) and a 2010 HRC Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Scholarship. He has been the principal investigator for several smaller clinical trials. Within ten years of commencing his PhD, he has co-authored approximately 200 publications, many of which have appeared in major internal medicine and/or endocrine or bone journals. 

Photograph of Dr. Anne Horne

Dr Anne Horne is a Research Fellow who has oversight of the osteoporosis, gout and Pagets clinical studies and is responsible for the ADHB bone density scanning contract. She is based in the Clinical Research Centre at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Photograph of Dr Susannah O’Sullivan

Dr Susannah O’Sullivan has been a member of the Bone and Joint Research Group since 2005, when she joined at the beginning of her doctoral research into the effects of imatinib on bone metabolism.  She completed doctoral and post-doctoral research into bone metabolism and bone diseases as a member of the group, and continues to collaborate on laboratory and clinical research.  Her current research investigates treatment of bone loss in women with hypothalamic amenorrhoea.  She has published a number of peer reviewed articles, including in the NEJM (IF 59.55), JCEM (IF 6.2), and JBMR (IF 2.3), and she has been invited to submit review articles and book chapters for publication.  She has given research and invited speaker presentations at local and international clinical and scientific meetings.   Her research has attracted research funding and awards from the HRC, the AMRF, Arthritis NZ, Leukaemia and Blood Cancer NZ, and ANZBMS. She is actively involved in service activities within the UoA and in the broader scientific and clinical communities (board member NZ Endocrine Society, member ANZBMS Professional Affairs Committee, member Female Athlete Triad Coalition).  As well as being a member of the Bone and Joint Research Group, Susannah O’Sullivan is a general and reproductive endocrinologist at Fertility Associates, and a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology at the University of Auckland (UoA). 

Photograph of David Musson

David Musson is a Research Fellow in the Bone and Joint Research Group, working on tendon and bone research, with an orthopaedic focus.

Dr Musson obtained his PhD from the University of Birmingham (UK), studying the role of adrenomedullin in dental development. During this time he established contact with the Auckland Bone and Joint Research Group as they led a project studying the activity of adrenomedullin in bone. After completing his PhD he spent a year in industry working for GlaxoSmithKline, which provided an insight into non-academic life, but reaffirmed his desire for academic research.

In 2011 Dr Musson moved to New Zealand to join the Auckland Bone and Joint Research Group and continue his pathway into academia. His current research interests include understanding musculoskeletal cell and tissue mechanobiology, improving healing of tendon and bone, and understanding the pathology of tendon and bone disease. He is heavily involved in the Regenerative Medicine Flagship of the MedTech CoRE, working with materials/bioengineering colleagues as well as orthopaedic surgeons in New Zealand, USA and in Europe. Locally he sits on the School of Medicine Research Committee and internationally he is on the committee of the Australia and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society.

Photograph of Professor Jillian Cornish

Professor Jillian Cornish PhD leads the Cell and Molecular Bone/Joint Biology Research Group in Department of Medicine, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Jill’s group investigates peptides and lipids that are anabolic to bone cells, cartilage and tendon cells for which they hold international patents.  The group has established numerous in vitro and in vivo models in skeletal biology and developed a keen interest in skeletal regenerative medicine.

Jill has sat on the boards of the International Bone and Mineral Society, International Bone Morphometry Society, Osteoporosis New Zealand and is a past-president of Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society.

Photograph of Associate Professor Andrew Grey

Associate Professor Andrew Grey is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Auckland. He trained in Endocrinology in Auckland, and then undertook post-doctoral fellowships in metabolic bone disease at University of Auckland (clinical studies) and Yale University (laboratory science).

Currently, he practices as a consultant endocrinologist and is co-principal Investigator in the Bone and Joint Research Group. His research activities include cell biology, preclinical and clinical studies of metabolic bone diseases.

Photograph of Professor Nicola Dalbeth

Professor Nicola Dalbeth is an academic rheumatologist who leads an internationally-recognized research programme in gout. Her work focuses on understanding the impact and mechanisms of disease in advanced gout.  Her clinical research includes clinical trials, imaging studies (using plain radiographs, MRI and three-dimensional CT modeling to analyze joint damage in gout), studies to investigate the functional impact of gout, and validation of outcome measures in gout.  The laboratory work in the Auckland Bone and Joint Research Laboratory involves investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of joint damage in gout.

She has served as an Expert Panel member on the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Gout Management Guidelines, and is a steering committee member for the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) gout group and the ACR/European League Against Rheumatism gout classification project.

Photograph of Sarah Bristow

Sarah Bristow is a Research Fellow in the Department of Medicine. She has a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences from the University of Auckland, and a Masters of Philosophy from AUT. Sarah was awarded her PhD in Medicine in 2015 from the University of Auckland, supervised by Distinguished Professor Ian Reid. Her thesis, for which she received the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis, examined the role of calcium supplements and dietary calcium in bone health, cardiovascular health and cancer.

She is currently supported by an Auckland Medical Research Foundation Edith C Coan Research Fellowship and a Kelliher Charitable Trust Emerging Research Start-Up Award. Her research focuses on how calcium supplements influence cardiovascular risk, and the role of dietary calcium intake in bone health.

Photograph of Ashika Chhana

Ashika Chhana completed her BSc (Hons) project investigating anabolic factors for the treatment of osteoporosis in the Bone & Joint Research Group under the supervision of Dr Dorit Naot and Professor Jill Cornish in 2007.  She then carried out her PhD under the supervision of Professor Nicola Dalbeth researching the cellular mechanisms of joint damage in gouty arthritis, graduating in 2014.

Ashika is currently a Rutherford post-doctoral research fellow within the group researching why uric acid crystals form in patients with gout and how this crystallisation process is affected by articular cartilage.