The interdisciplinary Musculoskeletal Research Program consists of three units: Orthopaedic Research Center (Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, Director); Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratory (Dr. Donna Wheeler, Director); and Comparative Ruminant Orthopaedic Laboratory (Dr. A.S. Turner, Director).
The Orthopaedic Research Center's areas of focus include articular cartilage healing, microdamage in subchondral bone, development of fluid markers, and development of molecular biology techniques to evaluate early changes in cartilage healing and to document early molecular events in arthritis. The Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory provides an environment for undergraduate and graduate education in Biomedical Engineering while advancing treatment and/or prevention of muscular, neuromuscular or skeletal injury and/or disease. The Ruminant Orthopaedic Research (Sheep) Program has been developed during the past 15 years by Dr. Simon Turner and involves collaboration with a number of researchers to develop a very effective program using sheep as a means of researching important orthopaedic research problems including osteoporosis.
More information on each of these research areas can be found at these links: