Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

Soslowsky Laboratory

What's New

December 2014

October 2014

  • Happy Halloween from a few of the lab rats in our group!Lab Rats
  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman, Cori Riggin, Adam Pardes, Bri Connizzo, and Sarah Rooney, whose outreach efforts, as part of Penn's Graduate Association of Bioengineering and Chapter of Biomedical Engineering Society, are featured in a recent copy of the Daily Pennsylvanian!
  • Congratulations to Katie Reuther for her paper entitled "Scapular dyskinesis is detrimental to shoulder tendon properties and joint mechanics in the rat model" published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
  • The group received a 2nd percentile score for an R01 grant submission entitled "Mouse Models for SLRP Roles in Tendon Aging and Imapaired Healing in Aging Tendons"!
  • Lou Soslowsky acted as an Ad Hoc Study Section Member for the National Institutes of Health/NIAMS, Special Emphasis Panel (K, T32).

September 2014

August 2014

July 2014

  • Funding for the R01 grant entitled "Injury Response in Normal and EDS Tendons: Regulatory Roles of Collagen V" began on July 1st.
  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman, Cori Riggin, Adam Pardes, Bri Connizzo, Sarah Rooney, and Katie Reuther for their efforts on the eboard for UPenn's Graduate Association of Bioengineering (GABE) and student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). The chapter was awarded the Outstanding Outreach Award from the National BMES! As part of the award, a plaque will be presented to the chapter at the national BMES conference in October. In addition, Ben Freedman and Kush Mehta (Mauck Lab) will be in attendance to present at a session on outreach and mentoring activities.
  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman for coming in 2nd place in the Tissue and Cellular Engineering category of the MS poster competition at the World Congress of Biomechanics for his poster titled: "Novel application of a micro-CT perfusion technique to evaluate Achilles tendon vessel microarchitecture in three dimensions.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Katie Reuther for successfully defending her thesis! Good luck in your future endeavors in professorship at Columbia University!
  • Congratulations to Steve Thomas for his paper entitled "Effect of isolated hyperglycemia on native mechanical and biologic shoulder joint properties in a rat model." published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

June 2014

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April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman for presenting his research on tendon fatigue mechanics as a finalist in the Penn Interdisciplinary Talks (iTalks) Series on February 26th!
    Freedman iTalk

January 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

  • Lou Soslowsky acted as Session Moderator for the Shoulder: Basic Science section at the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Closed Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Lou Soslowsky was part of the International Program Committee at the 11thInternational Symposium on Tendons and Ligaments in Venice, Italy.

September 2013

  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman for being elected as the President of the Graduate Association of Bioengineering (GABE) at Penn! Thank you Sarah Rooney for being the GABE president for the past two years!

  • Congratulations to Cori Riggin for being elected as the Outreach Chair of the Graduate Association of Bioengineering (GABE) at Penn!

  • Congratulations to Bri Connizzo for being elected as a Sports and Holiday Party Chair of the Graduate Association of Bioengineering (GABE) at Penn!

  • Congratulations to Adam Pardes for being elected as a Recruitment and Holiday Party Chair of the Graduate Association of Bioengineering (GABE) at Penn!

August 2013

July 2013

June 2013

  • Adam Caro, DVM presented a poster on the comparison of novel thermoregulatory devices in the use of rodent anesthesia and the effects of body temperature on various physiological parameters at the 2013 Tri-Branch Symposium. The Tri-Branch Symposium is an annual conference for individuals working in the field of laboratory animal sciences encompassing the Delaware Valley, metro New York, and New Jersey areas. The poster was awarded first place in the institutional category by a panel of judges.
  • Congratulations to Cori Riggin who was awarded 2nd place in the Solid Mechanics and Design and Rehabilitation Student Poster Competition at the 2013 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference. Her poster was titled "Analysis of Collagen Organization in Mouse Achilles Tendon Using High-Frequency Ultrasound Imaging."
  • Lou Soslowsky was a Panelist and Invited Speaker for the following topic: "Mice and Men: Validation Before Translation" at the ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Sunriver, OR.
  • Lou Soslowsky was a Panelist and Invited Speaker for the following topic: "Research Translation in Orthopaedics" at the ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference in Sunriver, OR.

May 2013

  • Ben Freedman, Brianne Connizzo, Sarah Ilkhani-Pour, and Cori Riggin recently gave an outreach presentation to the 8th grade science classes at Northwood Academy. This is part of a bigger effort of the Penn Graduate Association of Bioengineering (GABE) to bring science, technology, engineering, and math to students in the Philadelphia community through volunteer outreach programs such as iPRAXIS.
  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman for his co-authored paper "Development of a scale for estimating procedural distress in the newborn intensive care unit: The Procedural Load Index" from his undergraduate work at the University of Rochester published in Early Human Development.

April 2013

  • Congratulations to Cori Riggin who has been awarded a 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship!

March 2013

  • Congratulations to...
    • Katie Reuther for successfully passing her thesis proposal!
    • the Orthopaedic Bioenginnering Program on the successful 5 year renewal of their NIH Institutional Training Grant "Training in Musculoskeletal Research"
    • LeAnn Dourte for her paper entitled "Mechanical, Compositional and Structural Properties of the Mouse Patellar Tendon with Changes in Biglycan Gene Expression" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopedic Research.

January 2013

  • Congratulations to...
    • Mark Buckley for his paper entitled "Validation of a Damage Model for Aging and In Vivo Injury of the Murine Patellar Tendon" accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.
    • Bri Connizzo and Sarah Yannascoli for their paper entitled "Structure-Function Relationships of Postnatal Tendon Development: A Parallel to Healing" accepted for publication in Matrix Biology.

News from 2012

December 2012

  • Congratulations to Stephen Thomas for his paper entitled "The Upper Band of the Subscapularis Tendon in the Rat has Inferior Mechanical Properties" published in Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

November 2012

  • Congratulations to...
    • Katie Reuther and Steve Thomas for their paper entitled "Effect of Return to Overuse Activity Following an Isolated Supraspinatus Tendon Tear On Adjacent Intact Tendons and Glenoid Cartilage in a Rat Model" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopedic Research.
    • Andrew Dunkman for his paper entitled "Decorin Expression Is Important for Age-Related Changes in Tendon Structure and Mechanical Properties" accepted for publication in Matrix Biology.
    • Bri Connizzo for her paper entitled "Effect of Age and Proteoglycan Deficiency on Collagen Fiber Re-Alignment and Mechanical Properties in Mouse Supraspinatus Tendon," accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering.
    • Bri Connizzo for winning 1st place in the Biomechanics Poster Competition at the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders 9th Annual Symposium!
    • Soslowsky Lab Football Party!! Check out the pictures.

October 2012

  • Congratulations to Ben Freedman for his paper "Predicting three-dimensional patellofemoral kinematics from static imaging-based alignment measures," from his undergraduate work at the NIH, published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

September 2012

  • Congratulations to...
    • Ben Freedman for successfully passing his PhD qualifier exam!
    • Cori Riggin for successfully passing her qualifying examination!

July 2012

  • Welcome to...
    • New Orthopaedic Resident Sarah Yannascoli!
    • New Veterinary Resident Adam Caro!
  • Congratulations to Sarah Ilkhani-Pour and Andrew Dunkman for their paper entitled "The Basic Science of Rotator Cuff Tendons and Healing" accepted for publication in the Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Specialty Series.
  • Pool Party!! Check out the pictures.

June 2012

  • Bri Connizzo for winning 1st place in the Master's Student Paper Competition: Solids, Imaging and Orthopaedic Category at the 2012 ASME summer Bioengineering Conference in Fajardo, Puerto Rico!

May 2012

  • Congratulations to Kristin Miller for her successfully completing her thesis proposal!

March 2012

  • Congratulations to Kristin Miller for her paper "Examining Differences in Local Collagen Fiber Crimp Frequency Throughout Mechanical Testing in a Developmental Mouse Supraspinatus Tendon Model" published in Journal of Biomechanics.

February 2012

  • Congratulations to...
    • David Beason for his paper "Development and Evaluation of Multiple Tendon Injury Models in the Mouse" published in Journal of Biomechanics.
    • Kristin Miller for her paper "Effect of Preconditioning and Stress Relaxation on Local Collagen Fiber Re-Alignment: Inhomogeneous Properties of Rat Supraspinatus Tendon" published in Journal of Biomechanics.
    • Katie Reuther for her paper "Glenoid Cartilage Mechanical Properties Decrease Following Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears in a Rat Model" published in Journal of Orthopedic Research.

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