Research and development has long been a central part of the Department’s efforts. The Department has strong programs in orthopaedic bioengineering and basic biological research. Work in these basic areas has led to new technology and procedures. In addition, the Department has a long history of clinical research including studying the long term results and the natural history of disorders such as scoliosis, hip disease, and fractures.
The Department’s basic research programs are dedicated to solving clinical problems including deformities of the musculoskeletal system, the age related loss of mobility, the problem of osteoarthritis, and seeking improved treatments for sports injuries, fractures, and cancers of the bones and soft tissue. In addition, the Department Biomechanics Lab is investigating the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. The Department’s basic biologic research includes new approaches to the study of chondrocyte and cartilage biology. Recently the Department received a Center on Research Translation Grant from the National Institutes of Health. This more than $7 million grant will support five years of research dedicated to improving the treatment of joint injuries and decreasing the risk of osteoarthritis following joint injury.