Jefferson 2000 Fund
Arcadia Foundation Donates $25,000 to Orthopaedic Laboratory
With its most recent gift of $25,000, the Arcadia Foundation
has demonstrated its ongoing support of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory
at Jefferson Medical College.
Support from the Arcadia Foundation during the creation of the Orthopaedic
Research Laboratory in the late 1980s contributed significantly to the Laboratory's
rapid growth and success. This year, the Foundation, based in Norristown,
PA, is assisting the Laboratory in its purchase of newly developed instrumentations
to analyse the cellular and molecular activities of skeletal tissues.
Such instrumentation will enable investigators at the Laboratory, directed
by Rocky S. Tuan, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery as well as Biochemistry
and Molecular Pharmacology, to detect cellular activity and reactivity at
ultra-sensitive and micro-scale levels. These activities include those
of cells in the developing cartilage and the response of bone cells to hormones
and to orthopaedic implant surfaces.
"We are very pleased that the Arcadia Foundation recognizes the importance
of this research by once again offering its generous support to the Laboratory,"
says Dr. Tuan. "This instrumentation will greatly enhance our understanding
of these fundamental skeletal biological processes and will supply us with
information crucial to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of skeletal
The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory was recently ranked as one of the three
best-funded orthopaedic research facilities in the nation by the National
Institutes of Health and number one in Pennsylvania among all medical schools.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson is the only one in the
country to sponsor a PhD education program for orthopaedic residents.
For more than 30 years, the Arcadia Foundation, under the direction of President
Marilyn L. Steinbright, has lent its support to nonprofit organizations
based in southeastern Pennsylvania, especially those which are of academic
and cultural importance such as universities, hospitals, museums and performing