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Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists

Lisa A Fortier

Lisa A. Fortier
Cornell University
College of Veterinary Medicine
C3 181 VMC, Box 34
Ithaca, NY 14853

Fortier Laboratory

Cartilage Biology and the Development of Arthritis

Cartilage provides the protective covering on the ends of bones and allows for pain-free joint movement. When injured, cartilage has a very limited intrinsic capacity for repair, and the end result is frequently arthritis. In the equine athlete, arthritis leads to joint pain, lameness, and loss of performance with associated economic losses.

Our laboratory investigates the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the development of arthritis with the ultimate goal of identifying novel molecular targets for the treatment or prevention of arthritis.

Current laboratory projects include:

Equine embryonic stem cells
The role of Rho-subfamily GTPases in cartilage homeostasis
Tetracyclines as therapeutics for arthritis
Platelet rich plasma for tendon and suspensory ligament regeneration