UC Davis wins rare NIH orthopedic surgery grant

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National Institutes of Health reward a prestigious Orthopedic Training and Research Fellowship to the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis Health, based in Sacramento, California.

The T32 Training Program grant is designed to build departmental capacity to train and educate the next generation of musculoskeletal research scientists, the health system said in a June 7 news release. UC Davis is one of six orthopedic surgery departments nationwide to have won the grant.

UC Davis said its training program, called MUscoloSkeletal Clinical Learning Experience, is a joint venture between the departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering. It is intended to fund four pre-doctoral students.

It will focus on three areas: the biomechanics of musculoskeletal tissues during development, disease, repair and aging; tissue engineering and connective tissue regeneration; and translational or applied research.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant in partnership with biomedical engineering,” Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery Robert Randall, MD, said in the release. “This will provide our trainees with unparalleled exposure to the clinical challenges associated with musculoskeletal research.”

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