Mack Clayton Seminars

The Mack Clayton endowed lecture series is a monthly seminar series where distinguished outside speakers that have been nominated by trainees and faculty are invited to visit CU to present their cutting-edge musculoskeletal science during a one-hour seminar. The visit includes one-on-one meetings with faculty and their labs at the Anschutz, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Boulder campuses (in person or virtual). Most importantly, a meet-the-professor lunch hour follows the presentation, providing trainees the opportunity to meet established researchers from outside institutions to be able to ask questions about their research and careers, with the goal of creating and expanding their network.

Interdisciplinary Training in Musculoskeletal Research, Mack Clayton Lectureship


Charles Farber, PhD
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Systems Genetics Approaches to Unravel the Genetics of Osteoporosis


Fabio Penna, PhD
University of Torino

4/2023Joel Boerckel, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
5/2023Michael Toth, PhD
University of Vermont
6/2023Eric Early, PhD
University of Colorado
7/2023Susan Chubinskaya, PhD
Rush University
8/2023Alexa Burger, PhD
University of Colorado
9/2023Lynda Bonewald, PhD
Indiana University
11/2023Rob Mauck, PhD
University of Pennsylvania



David Karasik, PhD
Bar-Ilan University, Safed, Israel
Bones, Muscles, Osteoporosis and Sarcopenia: Using Zebrafish to Understand Pleitropy in the Musculoskeletal System


Francis Lee, MD, PhD, FAAOS, MBA
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Real-World Experimental Models and Research for Impaired Fracture Healing


Geert Carmeliet, MD, PhD
KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Skeletal Cell Metabolism: More than Energy Production


Jie Shien, PhD
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Fracture Nonunion: New Insights into Mechanism and Therapy


Chelsea Heveran, PhD
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
From Bones to Stones: Investigating the Osteocyte’s Contribution to Bone Toughness and Engineering Bone-Inspired Sustainable Building Materials


John P. Ketz, MD
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
My Evolution on the Treatment of Calcaneal Fractures


Laurie Goodrich, DVM, PhD
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Translational Medicine in Orthopedics: Horses, Humans and the Pursuit of Cartilage Regeneration and the Treatment of Osteoarthritis


Douglas P. Kiel, MD
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
The Relations Between Fat, Bone and Muscle


Jim Cassat, MD, PhD
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Bone Appétit: Host-Pathogen Interactions During Osteomyelitis


Susan Bukata, MD
University of California at San Diego, San Diego, California
Clinician and Researcher Partnerships: Keys to Success


Nat Dyment, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Formation and Maintenance of Dense Connective Tissues: From Myosins to Hedgehogs


Sarah Calve, PhD
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado
ECM-Mediated Integration of the Musculoskeletal System During Development


Ernestina Schipani, MD, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hypoxia and Mitochondria in Skeletal Development


Ron June, PhD
Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
Mechanotransduction, Markers, and Metabolomics: Toward Improved Treatment for Osteoarthritis


David Frisbie, DVM, PhD
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Translational Opportunities for Humans & Horses in the Musculoskeletal Research Space


Micol Rothman, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado
Multidisciplinary Care for Patients Who Fracture


Joel Ehrenkranz, MD
Intermountain Medical Center, Murray, Utah



Elizabeth Regan, MD, PhD
National Jewish Health



Beate Lanske, PhD
Radius Health, Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts
Abaloparatide and Its Functions


Chelsea Bahney
Steadman Philipon Research Institute, Vail, Colorado
Transforming Fracture Healing: New molecular insights inspire novel therapeutic and diagnostic approaches to bone regeneration


Struan F. A. Grant, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Variant to Gene Mapping for Common Complex Traits


Lianping Xing, MD, PhD
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Synovial Lymphatic System and Arthritis


Clifford J. Rosen, MD
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
Exercise, Rainbows, and Bone Remodeling


John C. Elfar, MD, FACS
Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Drug Repurposing in the Treatment of Peripheral Neurotrauma


Ryan S. Gray, PhD
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
The pathogenesis of Idiopathic scoliosis involves effectors of intervertebral disc and endochondral ossification in mouse


Larry Moreland, MD
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rheumatoid arthritis: successes and opportunities


Blaine A. Christiansen, PhD
University of California Davis, Davis, California
Injury-Induced Adaptation of Bone: Beyond Fracture Healing


Ian Dickey, MD
University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Additive Manufactured Foam Metals in Orthopaedic Surgery & Osseous Integration


Kelly Santangelo, DVM, PhD, DACVP
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Utility of pre-clinical models for disease and symptoms of osteoarthritis


Cheryl Ackert-Bicknell, PhD
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Understanding the Genetic Regulation of Bone Mineral Density

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