Biomedical Engineers at UF Have Osteoarthritis Pain on the Run (BME News)

Biomedical Engineers at UF Have Osteoarthritis Pain on the Run

The University of Florida’s J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) receives more funding from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases’ (NIAMS) than any other biomedical engineering department nationally, according to the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT, September 2019). UF is fourth overall and top among public institutions in all sources of funding to BME departments for the study of osteoarthritis, joining the ranks of Stanford, Case Western, and Columbia universities. This funding recognition underscores the significance of the research being done at UF. It also underscores the unique ability of UF as a premiere public land-grant institution to bring together co-located multidisciplinary research across its campus in finding not one but many, comprehensive solutions, in this case, for the painful issues of osteoarthritis.

University of Florida innovators Blanka Sharma, Ph.D., Kyle Allen, Ph.D., and Jennifer Nichols, Ph.D. are looking at the measurement of pain in relation to osteoarthritis and the treatment of pain and inflammation to mitigate the disease. Their work has shown that osteoarthritis exacerbates a number of other disease states.

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