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Matthew E. Cunningham, MD

Laboratory for Disc Repair Strategies

Our research is focused on developing minimally invasive spinal fusion techniques that would eliminate the need for open surgery.

We investigate the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of disc fusion, with the goal of harnessing these innate mechanisms to result in the formation of a more consistent fusion mass. We foster a close collaboration between clinicians and a multidisciplinary team of investigators with expertise in cell biology, molecular biology, and biomechanics. Our overall goal is to use our research findings to develop novel and innovative therapies for our patients.


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