Information about the University of Maryland Orthopaedics Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories, please call (410) 706-2417.
The Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories of the Department of Orthopaedics were established in October 2002 and are dedicated to the investigation of mechanisms involved in the regulation of development and maintenance of cells and tissue of the musculoskeletal system.
The Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories are located on the ground floor of Human Health Science Facility II and are fully equipped for state-of-the-art cell and molecular biology, and biomechanical engineering. The laboratories include a modern cell culture core facility, PCR and real time PCR facility, imaging facility, histology facility for hard and soft tissues, mechanical testing machines, access to surgical suites for small animal surgeries, and cadaveric specimen preparation.
The faculty members of the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories have diverse research interests in basic and clinical science related to the musculoskeletal system. Research interests include regulation of chondrocyte differentiation during normal development and under pathological conditions, regulation of physiological and pathological mineralization of skeletal and other tissues, mechanisms and factors regulating osteoblast differentiation, heterotopic ossification, and tissue engineering and repair of cartilage and bone. Support staff includes research technicians, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and medical students in both faculty and resident sponsored research.
The research in the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories is interdisciplinary and utilizes the interactions between basic scientists, clinicians, and residents of the Department of Orthopaedics and other departments at the University of Maryland School of Medicine or at other universities. A strong collaboration exists between the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories and the Engineering School at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
The resources in the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories are available to all faculty and residents within the department. For more intensive research experience, a six-year residency option is available for a highly qualified and research-interested candidate in which one full year is dedicated to solely laboratory research. The successful completion of a research rotation through the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratories provides the residents an exposure to modern musculoskeletal research and prepares them not only for a career in academic orthopaedic medicine but also for a more intellectually rewarding career in private practice.