The combined clinical and basic research program at the Portland Shriners Hospital is part of an intramural research program sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children. The Portland Research Center is one of seven Centers of Research Excellence in North America. It occupies the 6th Floor of the Portland Hospital, which is located on the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) campus. Our multidisciplinary center is closely affiliated with OHSU; and our faculty, postdoctoral trainees and graduate students are integrated into its academic programs. Our historical roots are in structural biology of the extracellular matrix (the material that occupies space between cells). Over the past decade our interests have expanded substantially with attention focused on the molecular, cellular and developmental aspects of the musculoskeletal system and disorders of this system that manifest themselves during childhood. Our faculty was expanded in 2012 to enhance translational research activities of the Center. We look forward to continued evolution of our research center and are very optimistic about its future.

William A. Horton, MD
Director of Research
Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics
Oregon Health & Science University

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