13712-Burr, David
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David B. Burr, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Address
MS 5035
ANAT
IN
Indianapolis, IN

Bio

Academic Appointments

1977-1978:  Instructor in Gross Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, University of Kansas Medical Center

1978-1980:  Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Department of Anatomy, University of Kansas Medical Center

1980-1983:  Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery, Departments of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery, West Virginia University Medical Center

1983-1986:  Associate Professor of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery, with tenure, Depts. of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery, West Virginia University Medical Center.

1986-1990:  Professor of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery, Depts. of Anatomy and Orthopedic Surgery; and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, West Virginia University Medical Center

1988-present:  Collaborating Scientist, Caribbean Primate Research Center

1990-2010:  Professor  and Chair, Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Indiana University Medical Center; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, IUPUI; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University (2004-); Professor of Biomedical Engineering (IUPUI, 2002-) and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2000- Courtesy, Purdue University); (Resigned Orthopaedic appt. 2010)

2011 – present:  Professor, Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine; Professor of Biomedical Engineering (IUPUI, 2002-) and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (2000- Courtesy, Purdue University); Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, IUPUI and Indiana University (2004-)

2010 – present:  Center Faculty, Indiana Center for Translational Musculoskeletal Research, IUPUI

2012 - present: Center Faculty, Biomechanics and Biomaterials Research Center

2012 - present: Non-Clinician Research Scientist, Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indinanapolis, IN

2012 - present: Associate Vice-Chancellor for Research, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)

2013 - present: Distinguished Professor, Indiana University

Honors

1997 - Honorary Chairman, 27th International Sun Valley Hard Tissue Workshop

2002 - First Louis V. Avioli Best Article Award, Calcified Tissue International and Springer-Verlag (co-recipient with Jiliang Li and Tasuku Mashiba)

2008 - Borelli Award, American Society of Biomechanics

2010 - Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD Distinguished Faculty Award

2010 - ASBMR Gideon A. Rodan Award for Excellence in Mentorship

2010 - Chief Scientist Pro-Tempore, 92nd Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association of the Hospital for Special Sugery, New York

2012 - Nominated to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences

2015 - Henry Gray Scientific Achievement Award, American Association of Anatomists

2017 - The Glen W. Irwin, Jr. M.D. Experience Excellence Award 

Titles & Appointments

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus
  • Education
    1977 PhD University of Colorado
    1974 MA University of Colorado
    1973 BA Beloit College
  • Research

    Dr. Burr’s current research activities include evaluation of the effects of pharmacologic agents used to treat osteoporosis on properties associated with quality of the bone matrix, specifically, the accumulation and repair of microdamage, changes in mineralization and alterations to the collagenous matrix. He has for many years been a leader in studying the role of skeletal fatigue and microdamage-mediated remodeling in bone biomechanical and physiological adaptation.  He is also studying the role that collagen cross-linking and maturity play in bone’s structural and material energy absorption capacity in diabetes, and investigating the possibility that use of inhibitors to non-enzymatic glycation of bone can improve biomechanical properties of bone.  Finally, he is embarking on new studies to examine the role of sclerostin in the pathophysiology and repair of cartilage and bone in inflammatory, and osteo-, arthritis.

    Dr. Burr directs a very active histology and histomorphometry laboratory which is always active in training students at all levels.  They are known as one of the premier skeletal histology and histomorphometry labs in the country.  The laboratory is supervised by a PhD in Anatomy (Dr. Keith Condon) who has 30 years of experience in this area, as does Dr. Burr.   They also are known for their biomechanical expertise, and train young investigators in techniques of biomechanical testing and analysis.

  • Professional Organizations
    American Association of Anatomists
    Federation of Associated Societies of Experimental Biology
    International Federation of Associations of Anatomists
    nternational Society of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions
    The Orthopedic Research Society

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