Advancing Musculoskeletal Health through Innovative Research

The UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to advancing musculoskeletal health through interdisciplinary and collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research programs that aim to expand scientific knowledge and propel the development of new and better ways to get our patients better and back to life faster.

Advances in 3D printing, biomechanics, and other technology allow us to gain new knowledge about bone and joint disorders and investigate new treatments for conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system.  Our research scientists leverage the clinical expertise afforded by a multidisciplinary faculty, fostering a collaborative environment that extends the scope of orthopaedic research. Working together, they are able expand the body of scientific knowledge needed to address the complex nature of bone and joint conditions and injuries. Some of our focus areas of research include:

  • Biomechanics of the spine and implant burden
  • Bone health and physical activity
  • Customized 3D printing
  • Joint biomechanics
  • Artificial joint surface modification
  • Bone remodeling



Delivering Innovation for Impact

UAMS Surgeons Implant Innovative Device Developed by I3R Researchers to Restore Sense of Touch after Amputation

The first Arkansan and only second person in the world has received an innovative prosthetic hand, developed by researchers at the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I³R), that restores a meaningful sense of touch and grip force following surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).



Musculoskeletal Research Hub

This research initiative aims to leverage the expertise of internationally recognized research groups in the departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Physiology and Cell Biology, Endocrinology, and the Cancer Institute at UAMS and its partners at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS), University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, and the Arkansas Children Nutrition Center (ACNC) at Arkansas Children’s to expand work in bone diseases, abnormalities, and cancers that negatively impact the skeleton. The major focus of these efforts include bone and cancer; bone pathophysiology; and regulation of bone and muscle over the lifespan by nutrition and physical activity.






Research News

Check out the latest faculty publications from PubMed