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Laura Patron is a biomedical engineer by training with an extensive 25+ years of experience in translational and basic science research related to orthopaedic implants, biomaterials-tissue interactions, and tissue regeneration therapies. Currently, Laura conducts orthopaedic basic science and translational research in collaboration with industry engineers, clinicians and orthopaedic surgeons at the Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers in Metairie, Louisiana. Laura is also an active member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society of Biomaterials, and the North American Spine Society.
Laura Patron joined the Fellowship of Orthopaedic Researchers in 2006 as the Director of Biomaterials. In 2009, she received her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. She was employed previously as a Biomedical Research Engineer for nearly 15 years in the Biomaterials Laboratory of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. Skills and training include animal surgical models, mechanical device and biologics testing, hard tissue histology methods, microscopy and imaging analysis, three-dimensional kinematics and motion systems, medical device testing (ASTM methods), study design, protocol and budget development, and statistical data analysis. Major research interests include limb prosthetics, knee kinematics, bone graft substitutes, osteoinductive materials, biologic attachment mechanisms, orthopaedic implant design, total joint arthroplasty, fracture healing, cartilage repair and regeneration, spine instrumentation and testing. Laura has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications, has presented research findings at national and international scientific meetings, and currently serves as a reviewer for The American Journal of Sports Medicine.