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Orthopaedic Research Center

The Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University is known worldwide for joint problem prevention and healing research in the horse with some recently expanded work in human athletes. A dedicated group of senior scientists, graduate and post-doctoral students continue to answer critical questions about orthopaedic health in horses and humans.

ORC News

  • ORC 2-year report
    ​​We recently published our 2012-2013 2-year report! Read about current ORC research, strategic plans, and our vision for the future.
  • sheep in space, NASA, McIlwraith, ORC, Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory
    ​CSU's Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Laboratory, NASA, and a herd of sheep have teamed up to make human space travel safer with the help of a $1.5 million grant. NASA plans to send astronauts to Mars by 2030.​
  • orthopaedic research center, dr. c wayne mcilwraith, research, equine, horse racing
    CVMBS' renowned Orthopaedic Research Center is developing new joint-repair approaches to help equine athletes—and human athletes—get back in competition. Read about how center founder, Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, and his colleagues are focusing on biologic therapies as treatment and rehabilitation options, and how these methods hold potential for both horses and humans.
  • c. wayne mcilwraith, ORC, orthopaedic research center, award
    ​Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, University Distinguished Professor and founding director of the CSU Orthopaedic Research Center, recently became the first veterinarian honored with a prestigious career award from the Orthopaedic Research Society.​​
  • horse sense, orthopaedic research center
    Horse Sense is a short documentary narrated by Gov. John Hickenlooper that peeks inside the equine programs at CSU. Watch the film to learn about the world-class equine services through the experiences of clients, faculty, staff, and students, and through the beauty and grace of the horses for which they care. Listen to the song "The Horse," performed by Nashville recording artist Pete Martinez.​

 The ORC: Helping Horses and Humans


 The Orthopaedic Research Center: Right on Track


 Watch "Horse Sense"


 Open Positions

Resarch horse with inertial measurement system

Read about research updates and other news in Arthros, the annual ORC newsletter.

Equine sports medicine researchers with horse

​ORC faculty in collaboration with the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital have developed an ambulatory Equine Sports Medicine service, targeting equine athletes throughout Colorado, and beyond.

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