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Clinical Scientist, Musculoskeletal Research

Research Focus Area(s)

  • Pediatric Bone Health
  • Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Graduate Degree: 
    Doctor of Philosophy degree in Kinesiology - University of Minnesota

    • Reliability of the modified lateral pillar classification for Legg Calvé Perthes disease performed by a large group of international paediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
    • Current Concept Review: The Role of Bisphophonates in Pediatric Orthopaedics: What do we know after 50 years? Journal of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America
    • Does Early Proximal Femoral Varus Osteotomy Shorten the Duration of Fragmentation in Perthes Disease? Lessons From a Prospective Multicenter Cohort. Journal of pediatric orthopedics
    • Should Proximal Femoral Implants be Removed Prophylactically or Reactively in Children With Cerebral Palsy? Journal of pediatric orthopedics
    • 236th ENMC International Workshop Bone protective therapy in Duchenne muscular dystrophy: Determining the feasibility and standards of clinical trials Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, 1-3 June 2018. Neuromuscular disorders : NMD
    • Anteverting Bernese periacetabular osteotomy in the treatment of neurogenic hip dysplasia in cerebral palsy. Journal of pediatric orthopedics. Part B
    • A moderate oestradiol level enhances neutrophil number and activity in muscle after traumatic injury but strength recovery is accelerated. The Journal of Physiology
    • Role of Advanced Imaging in the Diagnosis and Management of Active Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Humeral lengthening using a retrograde motorized intramedullary lengthening nail. Journal of Limb Lengthening & Reconstruction
    • Does Intrathecal Baclofen Therapy Increase Prevalence and/or Progression of Neuromuscular Scoliosis? Spine Deformity
    • Preliminary precision-error estimates of bone mineral density in children with cerebral palsy. Bone Abstracts
    • Proceedings of a Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Bone Health Workshop: Morbidity due to osteoporosis in DMD: The Path Forward May 12-13, 2016, Bethesda, Maryland, USA. Neuromuscular disorders: NMD
    • Aging and the muscle-bone relationship. Physiology
    • Influence of ovarian hormones on strength loss in healthy and dystrophic female mice. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
    • CCR2 Elimination in Mice Results in Larger and Stronger Tibial Bones but Bone Loss is not Attenuated Following Ovariectomy or Muscle Denervation. Calcified Tissue International
    • Low intensity, high frequency vibration training to improve musculoskeletal function in a mouse model of duchenne muscular dystrophyr
    • Adaptations of mouse skeletal muscle to low-intensity vibration training. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
    • Musculoskeletal response of dystrophic mice to short term, low intensity, high-frequency vibration. Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions
    • Vibration platform for mice to deliver precise, low intensity mechanical signals to the musculoskeleton. Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions
    • Prednisolone treatment and restricted physical activity further compromise bone of mdx mice. Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions
    • Bone is functionally impaired in dystrophic mice but less so than skeletal muscle. Neuromuscular Disorders
    • Progressive resistance voluntary wheel running in the mdx mouse. Muscle and Nerve
    • Bone geometry, strength, and muscle size in runners with a history of stress fracture. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
    • Lessons learned from school-based skeletal loading intervention trials: Putting research into practice. Medicine and Sport Science
    • Re: 'Weight-bearing exercise and bone mineral accrual in children and adolescents: A review of controlled trials' Bone 2007 40:14-27 Bone
    • Selenium-binding protein-1 in smooth muscle cells is downregulated in a rhesus monkey model of chronic allograft nephropathy. American journal of transplantation : official journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons
    • Neurotrophic factor effects on oxidative stress-induced neuronal death. Neurochemical research
  • Dr. Susan Novotny is a clinical scientist and co-leader of Orthopedic Research Program at Gillette. She is also an affiliate faculty member of the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Novotny joined Gillette in 2013.

  • Novotny focuses on understanding the role of physical activity in building strong bones to prevent bone fractures. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship between muscle activity and bone strength, and the importance of physical activity in making bones stronger in children who have pediatric conditions and diseases.

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