The Internal Advisory Committee’s (IAC) facilitates access to institutional resources necessary to develop and expand the CMDR, such as commitments for new faculty recruitment and infrastructure development. The IAC advises and works with the CMDR Director, Dr. O’Brien regarding strategic planning and administrative oversight of the Center. Members of the IAC were selected based on their successful records of scientific accomplishment, and their proven ability to develop and oversee large programs and multi-investigator projects.

The following scientists serve as Internal Advisory Committee members for the Center of Musculoskeletal Disease Research (CMDR):

Larry Cornett, Ph.D.,  is a Professor and Director of Arkansas INBRE

Mark Smeltzer, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and is the PI/Director of a phase II COBRE (Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Inflammatory Responses).

Nancy Rusch, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology.

Stavros C. Manolagas, M.D., Ph.D., is a UAMS Professor of Medicine, Chair of the Division of Endocrinology, and CAVHS Endocrinology Section Chief.

C. Lowery Barnes, M.D., is Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Teresita Bellido, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UAMS College of Medicine