Welcome to Musculoskeletal Research


Thank you for visiting CU Orthopedic Research on the web!  We are comprised of a core group of orthopedic faculty pursuing a cutting-edge basic, translational and clinical study of the musculoskeletal system.  Our research encompasses a broad array of topics:  genetics of osteoporosis & scoliosis, bone biology, arthritis & joint biology, skeletal healing from the spine to limbs, stem cell biology & tissue engineering, growth plate injury & repair, brain injury-skeleton connections, and orthopedic pain management.  Study in these contexts spans from the genetic to the organismal level --- from basic science investigations to clinical trials.  We partner with an array of musculoskeletal investigators in various clinical and basic science departments across the 4 campuses of the CU system.

Our overarching mission is to collaboratively study and address the most important unmet needs in orthopedic care, and to nurture the next generation of orthopedic investigators by providing comprehensive training in musculoskeletal science.

We are supported by several elements of core infrastructure, including a Tissue and Molecular Imaging Facility, an Anatomic Imaging and Mechanical Testing Laboratory, a Metabolism Analysis Laboratory, and an Education Program.  A Musculoskeletal Tissue and Nucleic Acid Biorepository is also under development that will serve the research community by biobanking discarded surgical material for future scientific study.

Research News

  • CU Researchers Awarded Grant for Musculoskeletal Research Training Program

    Aug 3, 2022
    Researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have been awarded a federal grant to run an interdisciplinary training program in musculoskeletal research. The award provides $1.58 million in funding to support four predoctoral students and two postdoctoral trainees over the next five years. The program directors are Michael Zuscik, PhD, and Karin Payne, PhD, who are researchers in the Department of Orthopedics on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The program will include 29 faculty members from 18 departments, divisions, and centers on the four campuses in the CU system.
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  • 193 CU Faculty Recognized as 5280 Magazine Top Doctors for 2022

    Aug 1, 2022
    Denver-area magazine 5280 recently published its list of top doctors for 2022. On this year’s list, CU School of Medicine faculty members continue to be ranked among the best. We're proud to congratulate the 193 CU School of Medicine faculty members honored with the title "Top Doctor."
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  • University of Colorado Medicine Expands Partnership with PatientIQ to Enhance Quality Across SpecialtiesOpens in a new window

    Apr 18, 2022
    University of Colorado Medicine (CU Medicine), the region’s largest and most comprehensive multi-specialty physician group practice, has expanded its partnership with PatientIQ to prioritize quality improvement across multiple clinical specialties. With more than 3,500 physicians and advance practice providers, CU Medicine first partnered with PatientIQ in 2019 to collect and measure patient-reported outcomes specific to its orthopedic practice. Today, CU Medicine utilizes the PatientIQ platform to leverage outcomes data within its integrated spine center, orthopedics, sports medicine, plastic surgery, and physical and occupational therapy. The expansion enables CU Medicine to comprehensively measure the quality of its clinical care.
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5th Annual Orthopedic Research Symposium & D’Ambrosia Diversity Lectureship
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