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The van Eps Laminitis and Endocrinology Laboratory at New Bolton Center is focused on understanding the key events that drive laminitis under different circumstances in order to develop reliable means of prevention and treatment.  

We take a multidisciplinary approach to the study of laminitis utilizing:

  • Advanced imaging and sensor-based techniques to evaluate structure and function of the foot in health and disease 
  • Molecular techniques to examine events at a tissue level
  • Biomechanical testing to study mechanical function both in vivo and ex vivo 

We are also focused on developing and refining tests and novel biomarkers of endocrine dysfunction, the most common cause of laminitis in horses and ponies.

Interested in joining the lab?

We are always seeking highly motivated students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in:

  • Biomechanics and orthopedics 

  • Endocrinology (pancreatic and pituitary) 

  • Epithelial cell biology and the effects of inflammatory, ischemic, mechanical and growth factor signaling events on epithelial tissue homeostasis

  • Contact: Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM: vaneps@vet.upenn.edu

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Andrew van Eps, BVSc, PhD

Professor, Equine Musculoskeletal Research


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