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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Schipani Lab Awarded NIH R01 grant
March 13, 2023
The Schipani Lab was awarded a R01 grant from the NIH to study the effects of HIF-1 during the process of somitogenesis!
Schipani Lab

Congratulations Christelle Darrieutort-Laffite, Zak Beach, Steph Weiss, Jeremy Eekhoff, and Dr. Soslowsky!
February 22, 2023
Congratulations to Christelle, Zak, Steph, Jeremy, and Dr. Soslowsky for their manuscript "Knockdown of biglycan reveals an important role in maintenance of structural and mechanical properties during tendon aging" accepted for publication in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research!
Soslowsky Laboratory

Congratulations to Richa Gupta
February 22, 2023
Congratulations to Russ Huffman, Christine Piper, and Richa Gupta for their publication "Similar Biomechanics Between the Double-Cortical Button and Docking Techniques for Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction: A Cadaveric Evaluation" in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine! 
Hast 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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