Colorado State University Professor Earns Funding for Musculoskeletal Trauma and Cancer Research  |  August 17, 2015

Photo by William A. Cotton/CSU Photography

Photo by William A. Cotton/CSU Photography

Today Dr. Nicole Ehrhart, a veterinarian, board-certified surgical oncologist and CSU professor of surgical oncology, assumes the Ross M. Wilkins, M.D. Limb Preservation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology and Oncology. Among Colorado State’s highest honors, University Chairs are funding mechanisms used to support outstanding scholars in their quests for new knowledge in critical fields. Ehrhart is one of 14 CSU faculty members holding academic chairs endowed at $3 million.

At Colorado State’s Flint Animal Cancer Center, Dr. Ehrhart teaches and treats animal patients. She also studies ways to prevent limb loss and to regenerate bones and muscle in people and animals whose extremities are threatened by cancer, infection or trauma. Ehrhart employs surgical and bone-grafting techniques, as well as biologics and stem-cell therapies.

Dr. Ross Wilkins, the Founder and President of The Limb Preservation Foundation, and Dr. Stephen Withrow, a veterinarian, came up with the idea for the chair to advance research in sarcoma and musculoskeletal diseases. The Limb Preservation Foundation began raising funds towards the $3 million endowment. AlloSource pledged the lead gift and additional financial support came from the McDonnell Family Foundation, the Ferguson Family and many generous supporters of The Limb Preservation Foundation.

“Ten years ago, nobody had the slightest idea that you could transplant muscle,” said Dr. Withrow. “That wasn’t part of the scheme that we did. We transplanted bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage. But now, any tissue, and almost any organ, is possible to move from patient to patient effectively – legs, hands, faces, nothing’s impossible.”

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