J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory

Photo: Ph.D student Chrisoula Toupadakis runs PCR.
Ph.D student Chrisoula Toupadakis runs PCR.

Research Programs

Cell and Molecular Biology

The goals of this program are to understand the nature of bone and cartilage cells to their microenvironment.

Locomotion and Gait Analysis

Gait analysis provides an objective measure of the efficacy of treatment of a musculoskeletal injury or disease.
It also provides a measure for the effect of racetrack surfaces which have long been implicated for causing musculoskeletal injuries to racehorses.

Musculoskeletal Biomechanics

This program includes a broad range of projects, collaborators and techniques involved in the goal of understanding musculoskeletal diseases and treatments of performance, companion, and production animals, wildlife, and man.

Musculoskeletal Disease & Injury

Current research in musculoskeletal disease includes the investigation of Silicate Associated Osteoporosis, as well as other disease.  Other research includes investigation to the cause of catastrophic injuries in racehorses.

Oral and Maxillofacial Regeneration

The goals of this program are to research regenerative techniques and stem cell treatments to treat and repair oral and maxillofacial disorders.

Musculoskeletal Imaging (coming soon)

Dr. Sarah Puchalski oversees imaging project to load the equine limb during a CT aquisition.