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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Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Gullbrand and Coauthors on European Cells and Materials Publication
April 23, 2024
Congratulations to Dr. Gullbrand and coauthors on their publication in European Cells and Materials. The study, entitled "Intervertebral Disc Degeneration Instigates Vertebral Endplate Remodeling and Facet Joint Pathology in a Large Animal Model," characterizes the degenerative changes that occur across all substructures of the spine following induction of intervertebral disc degeneration in an initially healthy spine using chondroitinase ABC.
Mauck LaboratoryGullbrand Laboratory

Congrats to Michelle (again)!
March 26, 2024
Shoutout to our very own Michelle Kwon for another med school acceptance! Congratulations to Michelle for her acceptance into UPenn's Perelman School of Medicine. Your future is bright!
Baxter Laboratory

Congratulations to Vincent
March 05, 2024
Congrats to Vincent for being selected as a finalist for the 2024 SB3C PhD Student Paper Competition!
Liu 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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