Research Experience

Fellows will have access to the laboratory facilities and supportive collaborating researchers and technicians within the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Arizona State University.

The Department of Orthopaedics has a research facility capable of bioassays and biomechanical experiments using a biaxial load frame (100 N tension, 50N/m torque) and a complete motion analysis laboratory. The Department of Orthopaedics has a close collaborative relationship with several researchers in Biochemistry, Bioengineering, and the Animal Laboratory at Arizona State University which shares a five-lab open space, a cell culture room, and an inverted bright field microscope for histology and fluorescent studies.

The MORE Foundation has its own motion analysis lab, cadaveric lab, and biomechanics lab. The MORE foundation will be tracking every fellow research project from inception to publication and lending assistance whenever feasible in terms of funding, experimental protocols, and/or personnel.

As a part of each rotation, the fellow will have a half-day per week dedicated to clinical or laboratory research. Every project will have collaborators involved, including clinical faculty, post-doctorate and masters-level researchers.  All research projects will be fully mentored from the time of initial project inception through the manuscript preparation and submission.

A monthly research meeting is held between the Program Director, faculty, fellow, and other collaborators involved in research projects to stay updated on regulatory issues, describe progress/status of projects, and remedy any potential problems. Instruction in experimental design and evaluation of the medical literature will also occur at the monthly journal club with all faculty present.