“Bone is the pillar of the musculoskeletal system. As bone has the capability to regenerate or repair itself, bone loss from cancer, degenerative disease, or trauma can be restored. This also means that damaged cartilage and diseased muscle that attaches to (interacts with) bone can also regenerate, offering great hope to patients.”
-- Dr. Paul E. Beaulé, Head, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Ottawa Hospital
Bone plays a key role in the health of tissues connected to it: muscle, tendons and cartilage. However, we don’t know how bone regenerates, repairs and heals, or how it interacts with muscle, tendons and cartilage.
Research is needed to better understand the impact of trauma, aging, and chronic degeneration on bones. Research would help us develop improved treatments, including better materials for joint replacement, fracture fixation, and surgical techniques that would accelerate the recovery process. Also understanding how bone functions with regard to cartilage and how joints wear out could result in treatment with the potential to delay or halt arthritis and preserve joints. We believe that a key area of this research lies in stem cells.
Research would lead the way to effectively halting the degenerative process and help make injuries heal quicker and more reliably, so that people can get back to their normal activities faster.
We are establishing a Research Chair in Regenerative Orthopaedic Surgery to focus on bone at a cellular level and determine its capacity to repair, restore, and regenerate.
A research chair would be a basic scientist who would investigate and utilize regenerative medicine to discover and develop treatments that will optimize people’s healing and recovery, quicker, more reliably, and with better therapies.
You can help
Inspired by the generous $1 million gift made by physicians in the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, we hope to raise $3 million to establish an endowed Research Chair in Regenerative Orthopaedic Surgery.
For more information or to offer your support, please speak with Sharon Martin, Senior Director, Philanthropy, at The Ottawa Hospital Foundation at 613-798-5555 ext. 19084.