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Orthopaedic BioMaterials Laboratory, under the direction of Alan S. Litsky, M.D., Sc.D., is located in the Davis Medical Research Center. The lab is a multi-functional materials testing facility where a variety of basic and applied biomaterials research is conducted such as static, fatigue, and viscoelastic materials evaluation, implant stability testing, bone and ligament strength determinations, and fracture fixation rigidity testing. Projects include the development and evaluation of a reduced-modulus bone cement, quantification of the mechanical degradation of bioabsorbable implants, and implant micromotion measurements.

Orthopaedic Ergonomics Laboratory, directed by Steve Lavender, PhD, has as its primary goal the improvement of the physical interaction between workers, their work, and the work environment through the study of the musculoskeletal system's response to work activities. The focus of the work conducted in this laboratory is studying the body's biomechanical response to a variety of occupational tasks, potential workplace interventions, and the development of models predictive of back injury development and recovery.

Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is a state-of-the-art research facility for developing, validating, and advancing the most cutting-edge injury prevention and performance enhancement programs by simulating real-life sports environments.

Sports Medicine Research is committed to interdisciplinary and novel research collaborations between College of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Allied Medical Professions, Biomedical Informatics, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.

Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory, directed by Dr. Alicia Bertone, aims to investigate musculoskeletal biology and molecular medicine therapies that are associated with orthopedic disease conditions in horses and humans.

Biodynamics Laboratory, under the direction of William S. Marras, Ph.D., CPE, his research is centered on occupational biomechanics issues including workplace biomechanical epidemiologic studies, laboratory biomechanic studies, mathematical modeling, and clinical studies of the back and wrist.

Microvascular Skills Laboratory is located in Riverside Methodist Hospital and provides the residents (and attending staff) with access to anatomic models, cadavers, and animal models for surgical practice. The lab is equipped with anatomic models and simulators for learning arthroscopy, fresh frozen cadaver specimens for practicing new surgical techniques, and an operating microscope for practicing vascular repairs on animal vessels.