The Cartilage and Connective Tissue program supports studies of:

  • Biology of articular cartilage, tendons, ligaments, menisci, and intervertebral discs and preclinical studies on injuries and disease conditions affecting these tissues.
  • Patterning and morphogenesis of bones and joints.
  • Organization of growth plate and regulation of chondrocyte differentiation.
  • Pathophysiology of osteoarthritis including biomarkers of osteoarthritis.

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The Division of Musculoskeletal Diseases supports research aimed at improving the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system and its component tissues. 

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Xibin Wang, Ph.D.

Research Program Analyst
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Building: Democracy I, Room: 847
Bethesda MD 20892-4872
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