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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Small animal dynamometer to translate preclinical findings to the clinic is published!
November 23, 2022
Congrats to My My for her 1st author publication in the Journal of Biomechanics describing our small animal dynamometer and how it can translate preclinical findings to the clinic.
Baxter Laboratory

Stina as Keynote Speaker at the 4th H.Flesich workshop
November 22, 2022
Stina attended the 4th Herbert Flesich Workshop as a Keynote Speaker in Bruegge Nov 20-22, 2022
Schipani Lab

Brianna Wins Best Biomechanics Poster at the 2022 PCMD Symposium
November 16, 2022
Research Engineer Brianna Orozco was recognized at the 2022 Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders Symposium with an award for best biomechanics poster. This award was presented to Brianna for her outstanding work characterizing "Intervertebral Disc and Facet Cross-talk in a Rabbit Puncture Model of Disc Degeneration."
Gullbrand 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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