Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory

Welcome to the Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory. Our mission is to investigate musculoskeletal biology and molecular medicine therapies that are associated with orthopedic disease conditions in horses and humans. Under this umbrella, we will study gene therapy systems and tissue engineering, as well as utilize a comparative approach in our research.

We are dedicated to the efforts that are necessary for translational research which moves from “bench to bedside”. We will focus on conditions and therapies that are designed to be directly beneficial to our patients.

Our five main research focuses are:

  • Enhancement of articular cartilage healing with emphasis on the cartilage/bone interface
  • Acceleration of bone repair
  • Identification of genetic markers of orthopedic disease
  • Physiology and pharmacology of medications for joint disease
  • Optimizing gene therapy protocols for use in patients with orthopedic disease

Alicia L Bertone, DVM, PhD, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Trueman Family Endowed Chair
Professor, Equine Orthopedic Surgery
The Ohio State University