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Neuromusculoskeletal Science


The mission of the Consortium for Advancement of Neuromusculoskeletal Science (NMS) and Locomotion (CANSL) Regeneration & Recovery (R&R) is to advance the care and treatment of patients with locomotion diseases through collaborative research.


The faculty co-leaders for the group are Dr. Sarah Moore, Professor of Neurology and Wolfe Associates Endowed Professor in Canine and Clinical Comparative Medicine; Dr. Sushmitha Durgam, Assistant Professor of Equine Surgery; Dr. Nina Kieves, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery and Chair of the Small Animal Rehabilitation Service; and Dr. Stephen Jones, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery. Additional members of the executive committee include Dr. Andy Niehaus, Vernon L. Tharp Professor in Food Animal Medicine, and Dr. Selena Tinga, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, and Dr. Joseph Lozier, Assistant Professor Farm Animal Surgery.

Partnerships and Collaborations

Membership and participation in the program is open to anyone with an interest in Neuromusculoskeletal science and locomotion and regenerative medicine. Members and participants include individuals from the CVM, the College of Medicine, and The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, and the Department of Orthopedics.

CANSL funds seed grants for research in the area of NMS and regenerative medicine, enabling researchers to work together collaboratively on pilot projects furthering the mission of CANSL.

Currently Funded Projects

  1. Development of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Allograft Biofilm Rabbit Model. - PI Nina Kieves
  2. Measurement of Canine Knee Kinematics Outside the Lab: A Wearables Approach. - PI Asimina Kiourit

Current research being conducted by CANSL leadership include:

  • Effect of Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy on Lumbosacral Pain in Dogs
  • Comparison of Preoperative Analgesic Protocols and Evaluation of Chronic Neuropathic Pain States in Dogs Undergoing TPLO
  • Measuring and Treating Neuropathic Pain in a Natural Animal Disease Model of Syringomyelia
  • Biomechanical Comparison of Four Pin and Tension Band Configurations
  • An In-Vivo Comparison of Meniscal Pathology Evaluation Pre and Post-Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
  • Clinical Features of Spinal Shock in Acute Canine Spinal Cord Injury
  • Differential Distribution and Regulation of Elastin in Equine Deep Digital Flexor Tendon
  • The Effect of Platelet-rich Plasma in Conjunction with Antibiotics for the Treatment of Septic Arthritis in Calves
  • Quantitative Measures of Spasticity in Dogs with Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Clinical Care

Locomotor abnormality is the number one complaint in the Galbreath Equine Center, and one of the most common presentations for the small animal orthopedic and neurology services in the Small Animal Hospital. Diseases associated with this complaint constitute a significant hurdle to quality of life in our companion animals, but also represent an opportunity for comparative and translational studies for advancements in disease management. The VMC boasts boarded specialists in Surgery (DACVS – SA & LA), Neurology (DACVIM – Neurology), and Sports Medicine (DACVSMR – Canine & Equine) to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.