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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Sarah and Matthew Present at La Salle University
October 03, 2023
Dr. Sarah Gullbrand and Research Engineer Matthew Fainor visited La Salle Unviversity to give talks as part of the university's Biology Seminar Series. Matthew shared an overview of orthopaedics and Sarah presented the lab's work developing multiple therapies to treat the spectrum of disc degeneration. This seminar was part of the 2023 McKay DEI Committee seminar circuit to recruit undergraduate students for the McKay 2024 ORS Conference Grant Program.
Gullbrand Laboratory

Giulia to present at ASBMR
September 20, 2023
Giulia Lanzolla will present her poster titled "Pharmacological inhibition of HIF2 prevents trabecular bone loss in ovariectomized mice" at the 2023 ASMBR conference.
Schipani Lab

Congratulations to Ashley Fung, Yihan Li, Jasmine Wang, Thomas Leahy, Snehal Shetye, Dr. Liu, and Dr. Soslowsky!
September 11, 2023
Congratulations to Ashley, Yihan, Jasmine, Thomas, Snehal, Dr. Liu, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript "Long-Term Effects of Reproduction and Lactation on the Rat Supraspinatus Tendon and Proximal Humerus" accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering! This paper is a great collaborative effort between two Mckay labs.
Soslowsky Laboratory

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Congratulations to the new Penn Medicine Achilles Tendon Research Center and the Center founding Director Dr. Lou Soslowsky.  See article at Penn Medicine News

February 7, 2023 - Penn Almanac Press Release

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

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