Dr. Shultz, Dr. Schmitz, and Sam Seyedin discuss knee laxity research using a model knee.

Shultz receives new knee laxity research funding

Dr. Sandra Shultz has received two new grants for her research on knee laxity – the looseness of the ligaments that stabilize the knee joint.

The work is of interest to both researchers and health practitioners because greater knee laxity is associated with an increased risk for knee injury.

After participating in the I-Corps site program through LaunchUNCG, Kinesiology professor Shultz and her collaborators – Dr. Dennis LaJeunesse in nanoscience, Dr. Randy Schmitz in kinesiology, doctoral students and entrepreneurial leads Beth Bacon and Hunter Holder, and industry mentor Robert Koshniskie – were selected for the spring cohort of the NSF’s national-level I-Corps program, a highly prestigious grant that aids researchers in moving promising ideas and technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.

The team is working to develop a knee sleeve that provides dynamic motion restraint to help prevent injury related to excessive knee laxity, or to stabilize the knee while an injury is healing.

Shultz has also received a Translational Research Grant (TRG) from the NC Center for Biotechnology for a project to develop and optimize a measurement system for knee laxity that is accurate, reliable, and easy to use.

The TRG program supports researchers as they explore commercial applications of their work, or as they begin the commercialization process for their inventions. Shultz’s co-PIs on the project are Dr. Randy Schmitz and Dr. Minjeong Kim.

Learn more about the Shultz lab’s knee laxity research and other recent innovations at UNCG at https://researchmagazine.uncg.edu/spring-2020/its-a-go.

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