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Ritchie School Communications Team

Center for Orthopedic Biomechanics

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting over 78 million Americans by 2040. OA patients rely on engineers, like Dr. Chadd Clary from the DU Center for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, to enhance diagnostic tools, personalize surgical treatment plans, and develop better-functioning total joint replacement (TJR).

Dr. Clary joined the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty in 2016 after seven years in the orthopedic medical device industry developing next-generation total joint replacements. He directs the Experimental Biomechanics Lab, which houses advanced mechanical test equipment, optical measurement systems, and surgical facilities. His active research studies include developing wearables to track OA progression, improving robotic methods to evaluate joint mechanics after TJR, and studying the affects of enhanced surgical tools and techniques on the function of TJR patients. Ongoing research in these areas will help improve treatment options and restore pain-free movement for people with OA.

Dr. Clary’s most recent grant is a collaboration with a Colorado based start-up, ForCast Ortho, to develop TJR for treatment of knee infections. Infections are the number one reason for revision of TJR and the recovery can be devastating to the patient. This technology has the potential to revolutionize the way infections are treated by incorporating an antibiotic reservoir and delivery system into the implant, improving outcomes, and reducing cost. Funding for the project comes from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

For more information about Dr. Clary’s lab and work please email