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Trauma Regeneration and Rehabilitation

Focusing on developing patient-specific interventions, these investigators are working to treat patients sustaining musculoskeletal injury, specifically injuries that result in acute and chronic musculoskeletal disease. These treatment goals include acute interventions, regenerative interventions for both bone and muscle, and eventually identifying the optimal means of rehabilitation for the patient to resume a normal lifestyle.

Young Investigator Travel Award

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery sponsors the Charles H. Turner Young Investigator Bone Research Award. Established in 2011 in honor of Charles H. Turner, MD, this travel award supports IU School of Medicine trainees at all levels to attend the Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM) meeting each year, and the Sun Valley Meeting every two years.

Trainees interested in presenting research at one of these conferences can apply here and should also include an abstract no longer than 500 words and a brief paragraph describing your interest in the award and how you believe it will advance your career development. Applications are accepted annually, deadlines will be posted when dates are determined.

Team Leaders

Melissa A. Kacena, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Roman M. Natoli, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Kacena is the Director for Basic and Translational Research and a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at IU School of Medicine.  Her laboratory’s overall research goal is to improve the understanding of the interaction of the bone and hematopoietic systems, thereby potentially improving the treatment of metabolic bone disease, hematopoietic disorders, and fracture healing. In collaboration with NASA and the US Army Center for Environmental Health Research, Dr. Kacena has been investigating the impacts of spaceflight and drug therapies on bone healing (launched February 19, 2017 on SpaceX-10) and osteoblast function (launched July 25, 2019). Dr. Kacena’s laboratory has been funded since 2007 by the National Institute for Health, the Department of Defense, the US Army, the Veteran’s Affairs, and several foundations. In 2017, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research recognized Dr. Kacena’s scientific contributions to the bone and mineral field by presenting her with the esteemed Fuller Albright Award.

Faculty Investigators

Keith G. Avin, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD

Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health

Angela Bruzzaniti, PhD

Director of Student Research, School of Dentistry

Tien-Min G. Chu, PhD

Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

Thomas J. Fischer, MD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ed Greenfield, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nilsson Holguin, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Melissa A. Kacena, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jiliang Li, MD, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Todd O. McKinley, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Brian H. Mullis, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Roman M. Natoli, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Uma Sankar, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Stephen Schlecht, PhD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Edward F. Srour, PhD

Robert J. and Annie S. Rohn Professor of Leukemia Research

Stephen B. Trippel, MD

Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery

Diane Wagner, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine

Chandler L. Walker, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Stuart J. Warden, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Steven S. Welc, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology

L D. Wurtz, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hiroki Yokota, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Teresa A. Zimmers, PhD

H.H. Gregg Professor of Cancer Research

Terry Loghmani, Physical Therapy

Niki Munk, Health Sciences

Anne Gingery,

Purdue University

Dianne Little, College of Veterinary Medicine

Phil Low, Chemistry

Stewart Low, Chemistry

Julie Liu, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering

Jonathan Lowery, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Russell Main, College of Veterinary Medicine

Jeff Nielsen