By: 23 September 2019
Inaugural Pathways conference attracts top orthopaedic surgeons

Some big names in the international orthopaedic community will be speaking at the inaugural Pathways Conference being held in London on 4 October 2019.

The independent, scientific meeting aims to explore and discuss technologies in Hip Arthroplasty that offer improved patient outcomes.

Programme sessions will cover device design, bearing couples, surgical approaches, revision strategy and assistive technologies such as computer navigation, robotics and 3D pre-operative planning.

Pathways brings together a faculty of leading experts from the UK and abroad and will be chaired by Prof Justin Cobb, Chair of Orthopaedics and clinical lead at Imperial College, London.

Prof Cobb leads a team of surgeons, investigators and educators training both under- and post-graduate students in surgical skills and the use of Imperial College-developed computer based and robotic technologies.

He said: “One of the big questions is whether technology can actually improve the outcome of surgery so we will be discussing the different assistive technologies – interfaces, bearings, approaches and revision strategy – at Pathways.

“The meeting is designed for people who are interested in hearing from colleagues from around the world and their experiences across these different domains.”

The conference, being held at 30 Euston Square, London, marks the start of 50th Anniversary celebrations for main sponsor JRI Orthopaedics.

Founded in 1969 by orthopaedic surgeon Ronald Furlong, the Sheffield-based company was the first in the world to produce a hip implant with a Hydroxyapatite coating enabling a biological bond with the patient’s bone and so the prospect of a hip for life.

Jerry Agass, Chief Executive, said: “This is the first of what will be an annual conference connecting orthopaedic surgeons, researchers and manufacturers from across the world – with plans already in place to deliver the second event in Beijing in 2020.

“For 50 years JRI Orthopaedics has been working in partnership with the best surgeons, academics and researchers. We have created a highly respected range of products that boast excellent clinical outcomes. 

“We have also donated more than £12m million to our former owners, Orthopaedic Research UK, to help fund clinician education and further research into orthopaedics for the common good – of which we are enormously proud.

“Today, we are part of AK Medical Group, one of the world’s largest 3D-printed orthopaedic implant manufacturers, and we remain committed to the Furlong ethos of innovation, clinical excellence and partnership.

“Our 50th anniversary is a major milestone and an opportunity not just to celebrate the past but to set our eyes very firmly on the future. Pathways will be a part of that exciting story.”

For more information about the conference and to book a place go to

Caption: The Pathways International Orthopaedic Conference is being chaired by Prof Justin Cobb.