Pioneering orthopedic surgery professor honored for lifetime achievements

Ariana Portalatin -  

Louis Gerstenfeld, PhD, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine, has earned the first Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orthopedic Research Society International Section of Fracture Repair.

Dr. Gerstenfeld was nominated for pioneering scientific advancements through cross-disciplinary collaboration and technology, his service on several committees and his mentorship of bone researchers, according to a Jan. 14 news release from the medical school.

He has studied skeletal biology for more than 35 years and has conducted several studies of pharmaceutical compounds for the treatment of fractures and osteoporosis.

His lab was one of the first in the U.S. to develop in-vitro models of bone-forming cells and isolate the proteins and cDNA clones of the cell proteins. It also participated in a NASA  study of the effect of weightlessness on bone cells for space shuttle launches in 1994 and 1995. 

Dr. Gerstenfeld has served on orthopedic research panels for the National Institutes of Health, NASA and the U.S. Defense Department and participated in special emphasis review panels for the FDA.

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