The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory is staffed by graduate-trained engineers who conduct basic and translational research in a variety of areas including:
- cell & molecular biology
- implant retrieval & analysis
- joint wear simulation
- patient outcomes & registries
- sports medicine
- have strong backgrounds in the engineering fields of biomedical, chemical, materials science and mechanical engineering
- well-versed in policies and procedures of research conduct at Beaumont Health
- will assist in all aspects of research projects including start-up, funding, experimentation, data & statistical analysis and manuscript preparation
- laboratory staff work closely with residents, fellows and attending surgeons in the development and implementation of novel research projects aimed at improving the standard of care for orthopaedic surgery patients
An integral part of resident education is the PGY-2 dedicated research week. This rotation gives residents an opportunity to become familiar with the Laboratory and work with Laboratory staff to develop individual interests that will guide each resident through their research projects. There is also a dedicated research month in PGY-4, which facilitates progress towards publication. Each resident is expected to be involved in two Lab-based projects and one Clinical project during the five year residency.
Research projects are designed to result in presentation at a national subspecialty conference, or the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Numerous manuscripts have been published in peer-reviewed journals in the areas of Foot & Ankle, Hand & Upper Extremity, Joint Reconstruction, Shoulder & Elbow, Spine, Sports Medicine and Trauma.
Peer-reviewed funding has been received from orthopaedic organizations including:
- the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
- American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
- Cervical Spine Research Society
- Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
- American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- AO Trauma North America
- Lumbar Spine Research Society
Federal funding has been obtained by researchers from the Department of Defense and National Science Foundation. Researchers have also been awarded grants from MI - TRAC, and private donors.