Cabinet MicroCT System for Musculoskeletal Specimen Imaging

NIH/NIAMS S10 OD028573

Role: Co-PI

Tissue Level Deformations of the Loaded Spine in Humans with Low Back Pain


Role: PI

The project will develop new methodologies to define the relationship between mechanical strains and low back pain development, with the potential to better inform and guide clinical management strategies. The project will also provide training in translational and clinical research for the principal investigator while providing critical data for future R01 submissions.

A New Device to measure Whole and Tissue Level Bone Strength

NIH/NIA R44 AG071034

Role: MPI (PI: P Burks)

The Role of Physiologic and Pathologic AGEs on RAGE Signaling in IVD Degeneration

NIH/NIAMS R01 AR074441-01A1

Role: Tang PI

In this R01 proposal, we will determine the AGEs- and RAGE-mediated events as disease mechanisms for IVD degeneration. Specifically, we will identify the role of AGEs in altering IVD structure and function and define the necessity of RAGE-signaling in AGEs-mediated degeneration. If our hypotheses are supported, this will provide the putative targets to alleviate the degenerative cascade. The combination of in vivo and ex vivo- in vitro approaches will enable us to carefully dissect the systemic effects of high AGE-loads from tissue- specific effects of AGEs. We also will further develop the in vivo contrast- enhanced microCT of the intervertebral disc as a key technological innovation.

Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine

NIH/NIAMS P30 AR057235 (Silva)

Role: Assoc. Director of Core B $98,553 Annual Direct Costs

Dr. Tang co-directs Core B, which supports evaluation of musculoskeletal structure and strength in animal models.

Intervertebral Disc Degeneration and Cross-Talk with the Nervous System

NIH/NIAMS R01 AR077678

Role: MPI. (PI: LA Setton)

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