Yesterday, I had the privilege of visitng Dr. Zijun Zhang's lab at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. Tucked away if a far corner of the hospital, behind closed doors are room after room of interesting research looking at the growth of collagen, bone and fat as it relates to foot and ankle orthopedic care. In this slide, Dr Zhang's group examined a potential reason older people have heal pain. They found that the fat pad (using a pre-clinical model) is smaller and has altered cellular activity.
Here is a picture of Dr. Zhang and assistants Dr. Jeremy Molligan and student Sydney Rooney.