The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a strong commitment to research activity. Our research faculty members exercise dynamic leadership in their supervisory roles of mentoring, collaborating with, or directing junior colleagues, staff, residents, and students at all levels. Our research is conducted with the highest regard to ethical and regulatory practices without consideration of funding sources.
The Department's original research initiative began in 1967, when Dr. James B. Wray established basic science research in orthopaedics which continued under National Institutes of Health support until 1984. In 1990, this initiative was rekindled with the establishment of the campus wide Biomechanics and Biomaterials Research Center and the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory. Today, the orthopaedic research effort is supported by dozens of research grants from the NIH, private foundations and biomedical companies making it one of the fastest growing fields at the University.
The Orthopaedic Research Laboratories refers to a co-ordinated group of laboratories within the Indiana University School of Medicine which focus their research primarily on tissues within the musculoskeletal system (bone, cartilage, tendon, ligaments). Our research endeavors are supported by highly skilled research faculty and state of the art facilities. Current lab sites include Fesler Hall, Biotechnology Research and Training Center, and Van Nuys Medical Sciences Building. We are also involved with several clinical trials at our Eskenazi location. Here, we currently have multiple active studies including thirteen multi-center prospective studies, a basic science, and twelve retrospective studies.
Our department collaborates extensively with other departments and schools on campus to fulfill our research mission. Current collaborations include Pediatrics, Dentistry, Anatomy, Engineering, Microbiology, Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine and Physical Therapy.
NOTE (December 2016): The Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health website is still under construction. In the meantime, the following webpage lists faculty and their research interests - https://medicine.iu.edu/research/student-programs/musculoskeletal-biology/faculty/