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Musculoskeletal Research Program

The Programs of Research and Scholarly Excellence at Colorado State University were initiated in 1991. Programs are awarded this designation because they have achieved great distinction and set a standard for excellence that may serve as a model for programs throughout the institution. Programs are selected after an extensive nomination and review process that takes place every four years.

The interdisciplinary Musculoskeletal Research Program consists of the following four units:

Orthopaedic Research Center

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

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.

Surgical Research Laboratory

The Surgical Research Laboratory (SRL) specializes in in-vivo orthopaedic and soft tissue preclinical research. The five ACVS board-certified veterinary surgeons in SRL are highly trained experts in spinal, orthopaedic, sports medicine and soft tissue ovine models. SRL has ten full-time staff members and its facilities house over 400 sheep making the lab fully prepared to organize preclinical studies in a timely and efficient manner.

Orthopaedic Oncology

CSU's Animal Cancer Center is a leading contributer to cancer research.