Our research in bone growth
Our research in bone growth explores the causes of crippling bone impairments in children and aims to develop biological treatments that will benefit children's bone growth, bone mass and long-term bone health. We are focused primarily on the mechanisms and regulation of children's bone growth, including bone growth defects, bone injury and bone repair.
Using in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro models and a wide range of histological, cellular and molecular techniques, our bone growth researchers are specifically interested in bone injury responses and treatments for injured growth plates using stem cells. Our program looks at chemotherapy-induced bone growth defects in childhood cancer patients and the development of preventative treatments, and is concerned with clinical bone stretching surgery known as the "Fitbone" technique.
Our bone growth research is undertaken in collaboration with the Bone Growth and Repair Research Group at the Sansom Institute, University of South Australia. It is supported in part by the Bone Growth Foundation of South Australia, which is committed to improving quality of life for over a quarter of a million Australian children who suffer from bone abnormalities and diseases.