At the Bone and Joint
Rehabilitation Research and Development Center, we believe that successful
rehabilitation strategies are grounded in a firm scientific understanding of
the underlying impairment and that a multi-disciplinary team most effectively
accomplishes bone and joint research. By conducting a full range of research
from basic science to clinical studies of the mechanisms responsible for
orthopedic impairments, we create a strong basis for developing new clinical
treatments that reduce the disability of veterans and improve the effectiveness
and efficiency of healthcare delivery by VA clinicians.
Basic Science - At the basic research level our
investigations are aimed at identifying the molecular mechanisms that affect
skeletal health. Increased understanding of these relationships can lead to
clinical and pharmacological treatments of diseases such as osteoporosis and
Translational Research - We engage in translational
research using innovative techniques including motion capture, computational
modeling, and gait analysis. These techniques provide the practical knowledge
needed to design therapeutic interventions ranging from surgical techniques to
physical therapy that can aid patients experiencing pain, fractures, and loss
of mobility and function.
Clinical Studies - At the clinical trial stage we
conduct human trials to test and refine new medical techniques and surgical
procedures that result from our research.
We apply the concept to clinic approach to address
problems related to loss of function from arthritis and osteoporosis, two of
the most common skeletal diseases in the elderly. Our efforts are directed
towards identifying new design concepts for longer lasting joint replacements,
improving cartilage repair and regeneration, and developing therapy devices and
protocols that will preserve and restore bone and joint health.