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NIH Recognition (July, 2011)

Dr. Gary Gibson and his research team (shown at right) have been recognized by the NIH for their research on biomarkers for predicting the development of osteoarthritis.  For more information, click here.


New CNS Grant (August, 2011)

Dr. Colin McDonald, along with Dr. Victor Chang from the Department of Neurosurgery, have recently being awarded a grant from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons to study cervical spine function after fusion.

Dr. Yener Receives 2 New Grants (September, 2011)

Congratulations to Dr. Yener Yeni who was recently awarded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD).  

“Publish or Perish” (December, 2011)

Researchers in the Bone & Joint Center combined for 9 full-length publications in 2011.  The publications focused on the trabecular microstructure and mineral density of bone, as well as advanced computer modeling techniques of bone.  Publications related to the upper extremity focused on morphology of the distal humerus, computer-assisted elbow arthroplasty, elbow stability, and shoulder function after rotator cuff repair.  Additional publications reported techniques for estimating in-vivo tendon deformation and assessing rotator cuff repair.

Just Do It (February, 2012)

Researchers in the Bone & Joint Center’s motion analysis laboratory will be partnering with a major footwear company in 2012 to study the effects of footwear on 3D foot and ankle motion.

More Grant News From Dr. Yeni (May, 2012)

Congratulations once again to Dr. Yener Yeni who was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Defense.  The title of Dr. Yeni’s grant is, “Novel In Vitro Modification Of Bone For An Allograft With Improved Toughness And Osteoconductivity”.  

The Bone & Joint Center Is Moving!  (September, 2012)

The Bone & Joint Center laboratories will be moving into a new research building with Wayne State University in January of 2015.  Groundbreaking on the new Multidiscliplinary Biomedical Research Building (MBRB) begins on October 25, 2012.  For additional details, click here.

Gibson Gets Grant (October, 2012)

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Gibson was recently awarded a grant from the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute to study microRNA’s as biomarkers and therapeutic targets for chondrosarcoma.  Dr. Gibson is collaborating on this project with Dr. Ted Parsons and Dr. Michael Mott in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  

“If you don’t publish, it’s as if you never did the study” (December, 2012)

It has been a busy year in the Bone & Joint Center.  Clifford Les has been focusing recently on the measurement of collagen D-spacing, differences in D-spacing between dermis, tendon, and bone tissue, and how D-spacing changes with estrogen depletion. Gary Gibson and his research team have recently published an excellent paper on their work aimed at understanding the use of serum non-coding RNAs as biomarkers for osteoarthritis.  Yener Yeni and the biomechanics research team continue their outstanding work that uses advanced imaging techniques to understand and predict fracture risk.  The motion analysis lab continue to collaborate with the Cleveland Clinic on work aimed at understanding rotator cuff healing, assessing of rotator cuff integrity in-vivo, and techniques for measuring in-vivo tendon function.  Be sure to check out the full-length versions of these (and other) publications on the Anatomy, Cell Biology, Biomechanics, and Motion Analysis publication pages of the website.

Outstanding High School Scholar (September, 2012)

Congratulations to student Phillip Yang, of Troy High School, and his mentor Dr. Clifford Les.  Phillip has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for his project “Osteocytic Osteolysis in a Large Animal Model of Postmenopausal Osteoporosis and Metabolic Acidosis”.  Phillip participated in the HFHS Summer Research Institute program and was placed in the Bone and Joint Lab for training and development.

Recent Publications By Dr. Yeni (February, 2013)

Congratulations to Dr. Yener Yeni on two recent publications: “The Relationships Between Femoral Cortex Geometry And Tissue Mechanical Properties” and “Heterogeneity Of Bone Mineral Density And Fatigue Failure Of Human Vertebrae”.

 Recent News From The Lab…

Textbook Chapter (December, 2012)

Congratulations to Drs. Cathryn Peltz, Vasilios (Bill) Moutzouros, and  Michael Bey on the publication of their chapter entitled “Joint Mechanics Of The Shoulder” in the recently released textbook Orthopaedic Biomechanics.  The textbook was edited by Beth Winkelstein, PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and published by CRC Press.

Kettering Student Graduation News (January, 2013)

Congratulations to Michael McDonald and Nicole Ramo on recent completion of their bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering (biomechanics concentration) from Kettering University.  Mike and Nicole have been co-op students in the motion analysis laboratory since 2010.  Mike will be attending medical school this fall, while Nicole will be starting graduate school in biomedical engineering .

Publication on ShearWave Elastography (May, 2013)

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Peltz and Jeffrey Haladik from the motion analysis lab on their recent publication entitled, “ShearWave Elastography: Repeatability For Measurement Of Tendon Stiffness.”  This publication will soon appear in the journal Skeletal Radiology.  

Gibson And His MicroRNAs (June, 2013)

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Gibson on two recent publications related to his on-going research on microRNAs: “Altered Spinal MicroRNA-146a And The microRNA-183 Cluster Contribute To Osteoarthritic Pain in Knee Joints” and “MicroRNAs And Cartilage”.

Whoa, Horsey! (June, 2013)

Congratulations to Jeffrey Haladik and the motion analysis lab on the publication of a recent study with colleagues from Michigan State’s Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research.  The publication, entitled “3D Radiostereometric Analysis (RSA) of Equine Stifle Kinematics and Articular Surface Contact”, will appear in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

Brace Yourself (July, 2013)

Congratulations to Jeffrey Haladik, Dr. Terry Lock, and the motion analysis lab on their recent publication entitled, “Bracing Improves Clinical Outcomes But Does Not Affect The Medial Knee Joint Space In Osteoarthritic Patients During Gait”.  Bottom line?  Wear your brace…it will make you feel better.

Farewell To Scott (October, 2013)

Congratulations to Scott Hoffman on his new position as a project engineer at Superior Controls.  Scott recently graduated with a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University and has been an integral member of the motion analysis lab since 2009. Scott’s positive attitude, contagious enthusiasm, and never ending stream of craigslist stories will be missed.  

Goodbye, Jeff! (November, 2013)

Congratulations to Jeff Haladik on his new position as a trauma and extremities sales associate for Stryker.  Jeff joined the motion analysis lab in 2008 as a Kettering University co-op student and then transitioned into a full-time role in 2011 after graduating.  Jeff was involved in nearly every project and handled the day-to-day operations of the lab splendidly.  His technical knowledge, can-do attitude, and array of colorful socks will certainly be difficult to replace.  Best of luck with everything, Jeff!

He Blinded Me With Science (November, 2013)

Congratulations to Dr. Yeni on two recent publications: “Mechanical Loading Causes Detectable Changes in Morphometric Measures of Trabecular Structure in Human Cancellous Bone” and “Laser Wavelength Dependence of Background Fluorescence in Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Synovial Fluid from Symptomatic Joints”.

Welcome, Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald!  (January, 2014)

We’re pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald as a new associate scientist in the Bone & Joint Center.  Jamie has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and most recently was an assistant scientist in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Oregon Health & Science University.  Jamie will be the director of the Bone & Joint Center’s musculoskeletal genetics laboratory.  

Welcome, Tim Baumer! (December, 2013)

The Bone & Joint Center is delighted to welcome Tim Baumer as a new senior research engineer in the motion analysis lab.  Tim is a native of Kalamazoo and a graduate of Michigan State University, where he worked with Dr. Roger Haut in the orthopaedic biomechanics laboratory.  More recently, Tim spent the last 4 years working as an engineer for L-3 Communications in San Diego.  We’re excited to have Tim as part of our research team.  

Biceps Book Chapter (January, 2014)

Congratulations to researchers in the motion analysis lab and their clinical collaborators on the publication of another book chapter.  This chapter, entitled “Biomechanics Of The Biceps And Labrum”, appeared in the textbook “Disorders Of The Proximal Biceps Tendon: Evaluation And Treatment” which was published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).  The authors on this chapter included Drs. Cathryn Peltz, Steven Slotkin, Vasilios Moutzouros, and Michael Bey.

High-Tops vs. Low-Tops  (February, 2014)

Congratulations to Jennifer Bishop, a former research engineer in the motion analysis laboratory who now works for Nike, on publication of two manuscripts related to high-top vs low-top basketball shoes and foot/ankle motion inside the shoe.  This research was conducted as part of an on-going collaboration between the motion analysis lab and Nike.  

Spine Fusion vs. Disc Replacement (March, 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Bartol and researchers in the motion analysis lab on their recent publication entitled investigating the effects of fusion and artificial disc replacement on 3D motion of the cervical spine.  The manuscript appeared in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine.  Click here to read the entire article.

New Histo Technique  (April, 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Clifford Les on a recent publication describing a new histological technique for detecting the cryptic preservation of erythrocytes and soft tissue in ancient human skeletonized remains. You can read the entire article here.

Shoulder Function After Rotator Cuff Repair (May, 2014)

Congratulations to Drs. Cathy Peltz, Bill Moutzouros, and the rest of the motion analysis lab team for their recent publication on associations between shoulder strength, shoulder motion, and clinical outcome after rotator cuff repair.  The manuscript is published in the American Journal of Orthopedics.

Barefoot Running and 3D Rearfoot Motion (June, 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Peltz and the motion analyis lab team on publication of their study that investigated the effects of footwear on 3D rearfoot motion that was recently published in the Journal of Biomechanics.  You can read the entire article here.

Vertebral Bone Mineral Density & Fragility (August, 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Yener Yeni and the biomechanics section research team on their recent publication on the heterogeneity of bone mineral density and fatigue failure of human vertebrae.  The manuscript is published in the Journal of Biomechanics.  You can find the full article here.

Matrix Biology Meeting (October, 2014)

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Gibson and Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald who presented some of their recent research at the American Society of Matrix Biology biennial meeting in Cleveland.  Rock on, guys!  

Just In Time For The World Series (October, 2014)

Congratulations to Drs.  Rob Keller, Bill Moutzouros, and Michael Bey on their recent publication investigating the effects of medial ulnar collateral reconstruction (more commonly known as Tommy John surgery) on major league baseball pitching performance.  Click here to read the full article.

Space Research Meetings (November, 2014)

As a result of his on-going NASA-funded research aimed at understanding the effects of microgravity on musculoskeletal tissues, Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald recently gave an invited lecture at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Annual Meeting in Pasadena, CA. In addition, Jamie will be traveling to Moscow this month to give an invited lecture at the XV Conference on Space Biology and Aerospace Medicine.  

CRISPR/Cas9 (January, 2015)

Congratulations to Drs.  Mao Yang and Gary Gibson on their recent publication entitled, “CRISPR/Cas9 mediated generation of stable chondrocyte cell lines with targeted gene knockouts; analysis of an aggrecan knockout cell line”.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

Musculoskeletal Development & Regeneration (February, 2015)

Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald is giving a lecture entitled, “Articular Cartilage Degradation Following Exposure To Microgravity” at the 2015 Fusion Conference on Musculoskeletal Development and Degeneration. Unfortunately, the conference in held in Cancun, so we appreciate Dr. Fitzgerald overcoming this kind of hardship in the name of science.  

WSU/HFHS Research Building Update (March, 2015)

Construction on the new $90 million Wayne State University Integrative Biosciences (iBio) Center is progressing as expected, with the Bone & Joint Center research laboratories still on schedule to move into their new home in July.  Click here for additional photos of the construction progress.

Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting (March, 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Yener Yeni and Dan Oravec for their podium presentations at the 2015 Orthopaedic Research Society annual meeting.  Dr. Yeni’s presentation is entitled, “Prediction of Vertebral Wedge Strength Using Density, Morphometric and Microstructural Properties Derived from DXA, HRCT and DTS”, and Dan’s presentation is entitled, “Digital Tomosynthesis and High Resolution Computed Tomography as Clinical Tools for Vertebral Endplate Topography Measurements: Comparison with Microcomputed Tomography”.  

Dr. Fitzgerald Elected to ISMB Council (April, 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald on being elected to serve on the International Society of Matrix Biology (ISMB) governing council.  The ISMB is an international organization that facilitates research in the field of extracellular matrix biology.  Click HERE to learn more about the ISMB.  

Publication on Digital Tomosynthesis (May, 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Yener Yeni and Dan Oravec on their recent publication entitled, “Digital Tomosynthesis (DTS) for Quantitative Assessment of Trabecular Microstructure in Human Vertebral Bone”.  This article was published recently in the journal Medical Engineering & Physics.  The full article can be viewed here.  

Publication on Shoulder Morphology (June, 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Cathy Peltz, Dr. Bill Moutzouros and other colleagues in the motion analysis laboratory on their recent publication entitled, “Differences in Glenohumeral Joint Morphology Between Patients with Anterior Shoulder Instability and Healthy, Uninjured Volunteers”.  The paper can be viewed by clicking HERE.

We’ve Moved! (July, 2015)

The Bone & Joint Center has successfully moved into the new Wayne State Integrative Biosciences (IBio) research building at 6135 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.  This $90 million state-of-the-art research facility will house investigators from both Henry Ford Hospital and Wayne State University.  

Publication on Digital Tomosynthesis (August, 2015)

Congratulations to Dan Oravec, Roger Zauel, Yener Yeni, and their colleagues on their publication that compares digital tomosynthesis to high-resolution CT and micro-CT for studying vertebral endplate geometry.  You can read the abstract by clicking HERE.  

Ultrasound of the Pitching Elbow (September, 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Rob Keller, Dr. Bill Moutzouros and their co-authors on a new publication entitled, “Pre- and post-season dynamic ultrasound evaluation of the pitching elbow”.  The article was published in the journal Arthroscopy.  You can read the entire article by clicking HERE.

Biomechanics of Shoulder Instability (October, 2015)

Congratulations to Cathy Peltz, Tim Baumer, Bill Moutzouros and their co-authors on their recent publication in the American Journal of Sports Medicine entitled, “Effect of arthroscopic stabilization on in-vivo glenohumeral joint motion and clinical outcomes in patients with anterior instability”.  You can read the full publication HERE.

Welcome, Dr. Gardinier! (October, 2015)

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is delighted to welcome Dr. Joseph Gardinier as a new assistant scientist in the Bone & Joint Center.  Dr. Gardinier has a PhD in biomechanics and movement science from the University of Delaware, and has recently completed a very successful post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan.  Joe’s research interests include: 1) bone mechanics and mechanotransduction, 2) cell signaling and tissue engineering, and 3) musculoskeletal diseases.  You can read more about Dr. Gardinier by clicking HERE.

Physician-Scientist Grant Award (November, 2015)

Congratulations to Dr. Victor Chang on being award a 3-year Physician-Scientist grant from HFHS for a project entitled, “Motion And Adjacent Segment Disease 5 Years After Cervical Fusion Or Arthroplasty”.  This project represents an on-going collaboration on spine research between the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery.  Dr. Yener Yeni is the primary mentor and collaborator of Dr. Chang in the Bone & Joint Center.  

Congratulation, Tim Baumer! (January, 2016)

Congratulations to Tim Baumer and others from the motion analysis lab on their publication entitled, “Measuring Three-Dimensional Thorax Motion Via Biplane Radiographic Imaging: Technique and Preliminary Results.”  The technical note was published in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.  You can read the entire publication by clicking HERE.

Dr. Gibson: Invited Lecture @ OARSI (March, 2016)

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Gibson on being invited by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) to give a keynote lecture entitled, “Gene Editing and Crispr-Cas9” at the 2016 World Congress on Osteoarthritis in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

MicroRNA Biomarkers (June, 2016)

Congratulations to  Dr. Gary Gibson and his research team for their recent publication entitled, “The Use of MicroRNA Biomarkers to Distinguish Endochondroma from Low Grade Chondrosarcoma”.  The article was published in the Connective Tissue Research.  You can read the abstract by clicking HERE.

Welcome, Sheba! (July, 2016)

We’re delighted to introduce Sheba Kurian as the Bone & Joint Center’s new senior research grant/contract specialist.  Sheba has been employed at Henry Ford Hospital since 2005 and worked previously as a clinical research assistant and study coordinator in Gastroenterology-Hepatology Research.  Most recently, Sheba was as a research grant/contract consultant in the Research Administration department.  

BMES Student Research Award (July, 2016)

Congratulations to Jack Dischler, a masters student in biomedical engineering at Wayne State University, on being selected as a recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Undergraduate Student Design and Research Award. The award was based on his undergraduate thesis research entitled, “The Effect of Collegiate Swim Training on Rotator Cuff Properties, Shoulder Strength, and Subjective Outcomes”.  The award will be presented at the BMES Annual Meeting in October.  Excellent work, Jack!

Recent Publications From Dr. Fitzgerald (September, 2016)

Congratulations to Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald on two recent full-length publications. The paper “Enhanced cartilage repair in 'healer' mice-New leads in the search for better clinical options for cartilage repair” was published in the journal Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology (abstract here).  Also, Dr. Fitzgerald and his research team published a paper entitled, “Novel compound heterozygous mutations in inositol polyphosphate phosphatase-like 1 in a family with severe opsismodysplasia” in the journal Clinical Dysmorphology (abstract here).

Publication on Effects of Physical Therapy (October, 2016)

Congratulations to Tim Baumer and members of the Motion Analysis Lab for their recent publication entitled, “Effects of Rotator Cuff Pathology and Physical Therapy on In Vivo Shoulder Motion and Clinical Outcomes in Patients With a Symptomatic Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear”.  The article was published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.  Click on the following links to read the abstract or full-length paper.

International Keynote Lecture (October, 2016)

Congratulations to Dr. Yener Yeni on being selected to give a prestigious keynote lecture entitled, “Bone Imaging and Biomechanics” at the 8th Annual Biomechanics Congress at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.  For more information on this international conference, please go to http://www.ubk2016.org.