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Professor Eithne Comerford MVB PhD CertVR CertSAS PGCertHE DipECVS FHEA FRCVS

Professor in Small Animal Surgery Musculoskeletal & Ageing Science

Research

Ligament and tendon structure

My interests are in musuloskeletal biology with particular regard to human and comparative veterinary species ligament and tendon biochemistry, proteomics and histopathology. Tendon and Ligament webpage

Mechanobiology of ligament and tendon

I am also interested in the mechanobiology of ligaments and tendons and how mechanical load can affect their cellular function with age and exercise.

Research Grants

Validation of owner-reported mobility data using a tool developed for the Generation Pup longitudinal study

DOGS TRUST (UK)

September 2020 - August 2021

application to British veterinary orthopaedic association

BRITISH VETERINARY ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION (UK)

March 2020 - December 2021

The Royal Canin Wellness Clinic for Senior Cats - An initiative to promote the health of older cats

ROYAL CANIN (FRANCE)

January 2016 - September 2025

Regenerative medicine platform in theraputic delivery ACL pre-clinical spoke

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

July 2016 - March 2018

Engineering ligamentous/ tendon tissue for rotator cuff repair.

MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (MRC)

November 2014 - March 2018

Tissue engineering of canine ligaments: from ligamentocyte to ligament-the role of mechanical environment

ROYAL COLLEGE OF VETERINARY SURGEONS TRUST FUND

April 2007 - July 2008

Hip Registry

BRITISH VETERINARY ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION (UK)

January 2015 - December 2016

Determining the contribution of proteoglycans to the viscoelasticity of porcine cornea and sclera

BIOTECHNOLOGY & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (BBSRC)

June 2013 - November 2013

A modern perspective on the investigation of tendon allografts for canine cranial cruciate ligament repair

BRITISH SMALL ANIMAL VETERINARY ASSOCIATION (UK)

December 2007 - December 2012

Research Collaborations

Kei Hayashi

Project: Ligament structure and function
External: Cornell University, New York

Dr. Hayashi helps with sample acquistion.

Chris Mendias

Project: Proteomic collaboration in soft tissues
External: Shriners Institute, New York

We provide proteomics expertise for Dr. Mendias

Tim Welting

Project: sncRNAs in human ACLs
External: Maastricht University

Dr. Welting is providing expertise on sncRNAS and a well profiled sample set

Victoria James

Project: sncRNA profile in human ACLs
External: University of Nottingham

Dr. James is an extracellular vesicle expert.

Mandy Peffer

Project: sncRNAs in human knee ligaments
Internal

sncRNAs in human knee ligaments

Alex German

Internal

Adipokines in cruciate ligament disease and osteoarthritis