J. Vernon Luck, Sr., M.D. Orthopaedic Research Center

J. Vernon Luck, Sr., M.D. Orthopaedic Research Center

The Luck Research Center, located on Orthopaedic Hospital's downtown campus, is one of two research components of the UCLA and Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The mission of the Luck Center is to develop a deeper understanding of the biology and biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system, and to apply this knowledge to the improvement of orthopaedic materials, implants, surgical instrumentation and surgical techniques, thereby improving the quality of care to orthopaedic patients world-wide.


The Luck Research Center is under the direction of Harry A. McKellop, PhD. Dr. McKellop is the Vice President for Research of Orthopaedic Hospital, and is a Professor In-Residence in the UCLA and Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The Luck Center is organized into five separate laboratories specializing in a broad spectrum of key topics in orthopaedic research. The directors of the laboratories also hold academic appointments in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


In 1979, at the urging of J. Vernon Luck Sr., MD, the Board of Trustees of Orthopaedic Hospital made the landmark decision to establish a world-class center specializing in applied orthopaedic research. Initially known as the Bone and Connective Tissue Research Program, in 1986 it was renamed the J. Vernon Luck Sr., MD, Orthopaedic Research Center, in recognition of Dr. Luck's lifetime of contributions to furthering orthopaedic research and patient care. Through the ensuing decades, the investigators of the Luck Center have frequently been honored for the value of their breakthrough research in advancing the care of orthopaedic patients internationally.

Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center on the UCLA Campus

Announcing a new era in orthopaedic research. The dream was to create an orthopaedic research center as formidable as the diseases it was designed to cure. One that would facilitate collaboration between the best minds in orthopaedic science, research and clinical practice. Today, the dream is a reality at the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center. This Center brings together the two largest musculoskeletal research teams in the West - Orthopaedic Hospital and UCLA - to spearhead advances in orthopaedics using the tools of molecular biology, genetics, bioengineering, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Following in the tradition begun at Orthopaedic Hospital in 1959 by Dr. J. Vernon Luck, Sr., our new Research Center is home to the largest, most powerful force in the fight against musculoskeletal diseases.

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