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Neuromusculoskeletal Science


The mission of the Consortium for Advancement of Neuromusculoskeletal Science (NMS) and Locomotion (CANSL) Regeneration & Recovery (R&R) is to advance the care and treatment of patients with locomotion diseases through collaborative research.


The faculty lead for CANSL is Dr. Alicia Bertone, The Trueman Chair in Equine Clinical Medicine and Surgery in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Her co-leaders are Dr. Sarah Moore, Associate Professor of Neurology, Dr. Nina Kieves, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery and Chair of the Small Animal Rehabilitation Service, Dr. Stephen Jones, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, and Dr. Sushmitha Durgam, Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Membership and participation in the program is open to anyone with an interest in Neuromusculoskeletal science and locomotion and regenerative medicine. Members and participants include individuals from the CVM, the College of Medicine, and The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, and the Department of Orthopedics.

CANSL funds seed grants for research in the area of NMS and regenerative medicine enabling researchers to work together collaboratively on pilot projects furthering the mission of CANSL.

Currently Funded Projects

  1. “Accuracy and Precision of Measurement of Shoulder Abduction Angles in Dogs” – PI Stephen Jones
  2. “Chondro-degeneration and Transforming Growth Factor-β in Tendinitis” – PI Sushmitha Durgam

Current research being conducted by CANSL leadership include:

  • May 2015 – Present. Moore SA, da Costa RC, Kerns A. "Diagnosing and managing neuropathic pain in dogs with spinal cord injury" The Gray Lady Foundation. 
  • Sep 2015 – Present. Moore SA, da Costa RC, Cook LB, Kerns A. "Diagnosing and managing neuropathic pain in dogs with spinal cord injury" OSU Canine Research Funds.
  • Nov 2015 – Present. Kaspar BK, Moore SA, "AAV9-mediated SOD1 downregulation: Gene therapy for degenerative myelopathy" American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.
  • June 2016 – Present. Kieves NR, Moore SA, Aarnes T. ‘Comparison of preoperative pain management protocols on neuropathic pain and recovery times in dogs undergoing tibial plateau leveling osteotomy”. OSU Canine Research Funds. 
  • Jan 2017 – Present. Jones SJ, Kieves NR, Johnson B, Pozzi A, Bertran J. Accuracy and Precision of Measurement of Shoulder Abduction Angles in Dogs”. CANSL Seed Grant

Clinical Care

Locomotor abnormality is the number one complaint in the Galbreath Equine Center and one of the most common presentations for the small animal orthopedic and neurology services in the Small Animal Hospital. Diseases associated with this complaint constitute a significant hurdle to quality of life in our companion animals, but also represent an opportunity for comparative and translational studies for advancements in disease management. The VMC boasts boarded specialists in Surgery (DACVS – SA & LA), Neurology (DACVIM – Neurology), and Sports Medicine (DACVSMR – Canine & Equine) to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.