Washington University Orthopedics Ranks #1 in NIH Funding for Fourth Consecutive Year

February 3, 2017 - The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has been ranked first in the nation in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for orthopaedic research, according to figures released by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. It’s the fourth consecutive year that the department has held the top spot.

In 2016, the department received more than $7.5 million in peer-reviewed NIH research grants, more than 10 percent of the total NIH funding to support orthopaedic research.

This funding supports the Washington University Musculoskeletal Research Center, a joint effort involving investigators from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Bone and Mineral Diseases. All of the funding will lead to a deeper understanding of the biological causes of musculoskeletal diseases such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. It will also be used to improve treatments for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

About the Washington University Orthopaedic Research Laboratories
We are leaders in basic and translational musculoskeletal research, and study a range of topics in musculoskeletal biology, disease, injury and regeneration. We provide exceptional training opportunities and national service, as our labs are directed by 11 Principal Investigators with diverse training in biomedical engineering, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics and orthopedics. Our labs comprise more than 60 talented staff, students and fellows. Collectively, we have published more than 1200 research articles with a cumulative h-index greater than 400. We are founders of the Musculoskeletal Research Center in partnership with the Bone & Mineral Diseases Division, Department of Medicine. We also lead the Regenerative Medicine Research Lab and other research programs at Shriners Hospital for Children – St. Louis, and are founding members of the Washington University Center for Regenerative Medicine. For more information about our research, visit orthoresearch.wustl.edu.

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