Professor and Chair
Dr. Burger has an interest in the etiology of scoliosis and the factors that lead to the progression of curves. The lab looks at humoral and transmembrane RNA messenger pathways in the lymphocytes of scoliosis patients. This research is currently supported through a grant from the Anschutz foundation
She further has an interest in the metallurgic properties of spinal implants and how that contributes to loss of correction and failures in scoliosis treatment over time. She is well-published in this area.
Analysis of Prognostic Cell Signaling Factors in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most prevalent form of spinal deformity, accounting for 80% of pediatric scoliosis and impacts 2-4% of children. AIS affects predominantly girls and is defined by a lateral spinal curvature, lacking a known neuromuscular cause or genetic origin. Despite its prevalence and impact on child health, the etiology of AIS and molecular mechanisms underlying its development and progression remain poorly understood. Identifying potential markers for curve progression in AIS will help in development of a diagnostic to better predict spinal curve progression.