Scientists, physicians, and research staff at the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation are constantly exploring new ways to treat orthopedic conditions that prevent people of all ages from living an active life.
The Freedom of Movement Fund supports basic science, clinical, and translational research efforts in many areas. Right now, our research priorities focus on stem cell and regenerative medicine, sports-related concussion management and prevention, the effects of sports specificity on injury rate, biomechanical analysis, and osteoporosis prevention. The descriptions below provide a glimpse into each area.
One day, we may be able to use a person’s own tissues to help themselves heal from sports injuries, osteoarthritis, and other conditions. Our scientists are using revolutionary techniques to help tissues like cartilage, bone, and tendons heal more quickly and completely using stem cells and “smart” medical devices.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is a nationally recognized leader in regenerative medicine, stem cell, and biologic therapeutic technology.
Too often, people return to their favorite sport or activity too soon after getting hurt. This increases the chance of re-injury or developing a chronic problem. More than half of all injuries treated by primary care practitioners are chronic injuries or overuse injuries.
One of our main goals is to reduce re-injury rates among people of all activity levels. The Neuromuscular Biomechanics Lab uses predictive modeling and technology, such as motion capture and advanced imaging, to better understand why some people recover faster than others, even if they have the same injuries from the same activity.
Studying the impact of sports-related concussions and other injuries, and learning how to prevent them, improves the health and well-being of all active people throughout their lives. The UW Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation has been committed to injury prevention and intervention research for decades. This work has previously focused on:
Osteoporosis affects more than 10 million Americans by compromising their bone strength. However, it may be possible to prevent or diminish the development of osteoporosis in adulthood by improving how bone forms in childhood and adolescence. We are currently facilitating one of the longest-duration studies of human musculoskeletal growth, and the effect of physical activity on how bone mass, structure, and strength develop—following 250 girls for up to 18 years! With continued research, we hope to identify the best type, timing, and amount of exercise so doctors can better “prescribe” exercise to children and adolescents for lifelong skeletal health.
In addition to The Freedom of Movement Fund, we have many other areas of need you may want to support. We are ready to work with you to individualize your gift toward your greatest area of interest.
Endowments are a wonderful way to create a lasting legacy and support the faculty of the UW Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.
Named endowments can be used to fund a specific project or program. Endowments can also be used to create discretionary funds that the department can use for areas of greatest need.
Named Expendable Funds
Named expendable funds can be used to support outstanding faculty and promising students for a specific number of years. These funds can be designated to provide immediate support for specific projects and programs.
Named endowments and expendable funds can also be used to support exceptional faculty.