UC Davis Health opens new center focused on musculoskeletal research

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UC Davis Health officially opened its new Lawrence J. Ellison Oak Park Musculoskeletal Research Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 6. The new facility offers laboratories where faculty, residents, fellows, medical students, graduate and undergraduate students, and visiting researchers can conduct extensive interdisciplinary research in musculoskeletal tissue and cellular biomechanics, regeneration and repair.

David Lubarsky and Kent Leach discuss the new Musculoskeletal Research Center

“We are proud of our researchers across all disciplines who, amid the pandemic, have remained at the forefront of finding answers to medicine’s toughest questions and healthcare’s most complex problems.” , said David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health. “I deeply appreciate the power of discovery that will take place at this center and at all of UC Davis Health.”

The nearly 9,000 square foot research center houses a materials testing laboratory, cell and molecular biology facilities, tissue culture facilities, a microscopy laboratory and a microsurgery room. Computing facilities are also available for mathematical modeling of mechanical stresses in skeletal structures and implants.

“I am extremely excited as we open an important new chapter in the history of orthopedic surgery at such a critical time for our musculoskeletal science research programs, our educational efforts for emerging providers, and our patient community” , said R. Lor Randall, Chair of Orthopedic Surgery. “This center is further proof that we are creating and stimulating research growth opportunities for our faculty, trainees and medical students. We also recently achieved our highest ranking ever on the Blue Ridge NIH National Ranking, rising to 12, and experienced a fivefold increase in grant funding. I would like to thank everyone involved – donors, leaders, faculty and staff – who made this research center possible.

R. Lor Randall

I am incredibly excited as we open an important new chapter in the history of orthopedic surgery at such a critical time for our musculoskeletal science research programs, our educational efforts for emerging providers, and our patient community. R. Lor Randall

The Musculoskeletal Research Center will foster innovative research and partnerships and create exciting new research opportunities for faculty, students, residents and fellows. The ultimate goals are new discoveries and better patient care.

“Research centers like this are essential to fostering the curiosity and innovation that lead to breakthroughs in health care,” said Susan Murin, acting dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. “The infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration that this center provides will help ensure that our medical school will continue to make groundbreaking discoveries that will enable us to deliver tomorrow’s healthcare today and improve the lives of patients and of the communities we serve.

As the only academic health center in the region, UC Davis Health is focused on harnessing the power of nationally ranked university-wide resources and research to tackle issues most urgent health problems facing the world today.

Two men and a woman walk through a laboratory
Kent Leach, R. Lor Randall and Susan Murin tour the new labs

In 2021, the School of Medicine achieved a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding record with more than $194 million in grants. This is an increase of approximately $13 million over the previous year.

“I am thrilled to see the official launch of this research center that will advance the application of sophisticated methodologies and elegant models, and the desire to translate basic research into real hope for patients,” said Kim E. Barrett, Associate Dean for Research. . “Focusing research activities on orthopedic surgery will foster synergies between research groups and across the basic clinical-translational spectrum, providing new mechanistic understanding of musculoskeletal disorders.”

Recently and in a joint effort, the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering were awarded the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 Training Program Grant for their project titled MUsculoSkeletal Clinical Learning Experience (MUSCLE).

Kent Leaching

As researchers at this center, we must continue to capitalize on our expertise and imagine how we can broadly support the patients of tomorrow. Kent Leaching

The program will be based out of the Musculoskeletal Research Center and provide students with extensive investigative experience in laboratory research focused on musculoskeletal health.

“This research center and programs like the MUSCLE T32 research grant will expand our knowledge, enhance our educational offerings, and ultimately enable us to better understand the big picture of musculoskeletal health,” said Kent Leaching, Lawrence J. Ellison Endowed Professor of Musculoskeletal Research and Vice President of Orthopedic Surgery Research. “As researchers at this center, we must continue to capitalize on our expertise and imagine how we can broadly support the patients of tomorrow.”

The Lawrence J. Ellison Oak Park Musculoskeletal Research Center is located at 2700 Stockton BLVD, Sacramento. To learn more, visit the Department of Orthopedic Surgery homepage.

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