Divisions & Laboratories

The four centers for excellence in the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Center for Musculoskeletal Research are supported by several core divisions and laboratories. Each provides support to ensure that TSRHC’s research projects have the appropriate resources to be successful.

Division of Movement Science

The movement science laboratory evaluates patients’ movement patterns using 3-D motion capture technology. This helps TSRHC’s physicians objectively evaluate a patient’s gait (walking) or movement pathology. The information is also used to evaluate the outcome of different surgical procedures and treatment options.

How does it work? In the movement science laboratory, small reflective balls are attached to the patient. Special cameras measure the motion of these markers while the patient walks across the lab and performs a series of tasks and motions. The information helps doctors and clinicians make decisions about the best treatment options for patients.

Division of Bioengineering and Biomechanics

The division of Bioengineering and Biomechanics is dedicated to providing professional engineering support to TSRHC’s medical staff and researchers. A state-of-the-art facility is maintained to modify, design and prototype pediatric orthopedic hardware and perform a broad range of mechanical testing.

Division of Cellular Pathology

The cellular pathology lab provides support to researchers through routine histotechnology, immunocytochemistry, rapid freezing, histomorphometry, electron microscopy and neuropathology.

Division of Molecular Genetics

The molecular genetics lab is dedicated to understanding the molecular causes of targeted pediatric orthopedic disorders. Current research in the lab is focused on scoliosis and inflammatory arthritis in children.