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Dr Frances Henson MA, Vet MB, PhD

Dr Frances Henson, MA, Vet MB, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Equine Surgery, Department of Veterinary Medicine,

Research Fellow Division of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Addensbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

Frances Henson is accepting applications for PhD students.

Frances Henson is available for consultancy.

Subject groups/Research projects

Comparative Pathobiology:

Orthopaedic disease -cartilage and bone biology, joint repair, translational medicine, stem cells

Research Interests

I am interested in the pathophysiology of joint surface defect repair. I am a Research Fellow in the division of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge where I work with Professor Andrew McCaskie in addition to providing a clinical orthopaedic service for equine patients at the Cambridge Equine Hospital.

My current active research areas are interest include the use of biosynthetic scaffolds, cells and biological factors to repair osteochondral and chondral defects (with Prof. McCaskie, Cambridge and Prof. Dalgarno, Newcastle), the role of the wnt signalling pathway inhibitor, sclerostin, in osteochondral repair and the aetiopathogenesis of stress fractures in racing horses (with Dr Singer, Liverpool and Dr Guest, Newmarket).

I am currently funded by the UKRegenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP) and ARUK.


Main collaborators:

  • Professor Andrew McCaskie, Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Mark Birch, Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Kenneth Dalgarno, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Alan Getgood, Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Institue, Ontario, Canada, Assistant Prof. University Western Ontario
  • Dr Ellen Singer, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Debbie Guest, Animal Health Trust, Newmarket


  • Osteochondral defects
  • Biosynthetic scaffolds
  • Ageing
  • Stem cells
  • cellular pathophysiology
  • Pathology
  • articular chondrocytes

Collaborators outside this directory

  • Professor Andrew McCaskie, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Ellen Singer, University of Liverpool
  • Professor Susan Stover, Veterinary Medicine, University of California

Key Publications

Full list of publications at  Recent work is discussed at