Rotator cuff st udies establish new model of repair

By Mary Ann Porucznik

Animal model studies provide insight for clinical treatment

The great apes may be man’s closest animal relatives, but it’s the rat that may teach us the most about rotator cuff disease, according to Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD, this year’s winner of the Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan award. In a series of studies using the rat model, Dr. Soslowsky has demonstrated the impact of extrinsic factors on overuse injuries and the importance of postsurgical activity levels in the healing response.

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