Welcome to McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory

A program in orthopaedic research at the University of Pennsylvania was established in 1960, and in 1979 the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory officially opened, establishing all of the orthopaedic research laboratories in the same physical location. Currently, the McKay Lab is a thriving, multidisciplinary facility that occupies more than 22,000 square feet of space in Stemmler Hall in the Perelman School of Medicine. Our multi-faceted research programs involve the participation of more than 120 research personnel from 17 distinct laboratories. Research expenditures in McKay total more than $15,000,000 per annum, supported largely through extramural funding including grants from the National Institutes of Health, Veteran's Administration, other governmental agencies, private foundations, and industry. We are consistently ranked in the top 5 among Orthopaedic Departments nationally in terms of NIH funding. Our overall mission is to conduct high quality fundamental and translational research and to train the next generation of leaders in our field. Moreover, the McKay Lab serves as the focal point for the NIH-supported Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, a university-wide Center that provides resources and a forum for scientific exchange through annual symposia, a year-long seminar series, a pilot grant program and other activities. 

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Baxter Lab receives R01 to study Achilles tendinopathy neuromechanics
September 24, 2022
The Baxter Lab received a R01 from NIAMS/NIH to define the neuromechanical mechanisms of Achilles tendinopathy. This is a collaboration with Dr. Flavia Vitale in the Department of Neurology at Penn.
Baxter Laboratory

Congratulations to the Heo Lab!
September 20, 2022
Congratulations to Dr.Heo and Heo Lab for being awarded NIH/NIAMS R01 Grant Award for 2022-2027!
Heo Laboratory

Welcome Joan!
September 19, 2022
The Mourkioti Lab welcomes Joan. We are excited to work together to better understand the mysteries of regeneration
Mourkioti Laboratory

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Congratulations to the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory for being Ranked #1 in 2021 for NIH Funding. See article at Penn Medicine News

Congratulations to the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders on the renewal of NIH funding for 5 more years.  See article at Penn Medicine News


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