Dr. Roberto Fajardo's research focuses on two important topics that are clinically relevant to our community and the university's research mission: diabetic skeletal fragility and orthopaedic health disparities in total knee arthroplasty.
His research on diabetic skeletal fragility focuses on underlying factors such as increased fracture risk in diabetes, an outcome that disproportionately impacts Latinos in the United States. Specifically, his lab has been investigating whether microvascular complications in human diabetic bone are associated with altered bone metabolism and bone material properties.
Fajardo RJ, and Müller R. 2001. Three-dimensional analysis of nonhuman primate trabecular architecture using micro-computed tomography. Am J Phys Anthropol 115:327-36.
Fajardo RJ, Ryan TM, and Kappelman J. 2002. Assessing the accuracy of high-resolution x-ray computed tomography of primate trabecular bone by comparisons with histological sections. Am J Phys Anthropol 118:1-10.
Fajardo RJ, Manoharan RK, Pearsall RS, Davies M, Marvell T, Monnell T, Ucran J, Pearsall AE, Khanzode D, Kumar R, Underwood K, Roberts B, Seehra J, and Bouxsein ML. 2010. Treatment with a soluble receptor for activin improves bone mass and structure in the axial and appendicular skeleton of female cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Bone 46:64-71.
Fajardo RJ, De Silva JM, Manorharan R, Schmitz JE, MacLatchy LM, and Bouxsein ML. 2013. Lumbar vertebral body bone microstructural scaling in small to medium-sized strepsirhines. Anat Rec
Guevara JG, Fajardo RJ, Morrey BF, Burns T, Dutta A. 2013. Survey: Trends in the prophylactic treatment and surgical management of heterotopic ossification in the elbow by U.S. orthopaedic surgeons. Curr Orthop Pract
Kilpadi KL, ElDabaje RE, Schmitz JE, Louden C, Thames TA, Joshi AP, Michalek JE, Simmons JW, and Fajardo RJ. Type 2 Diabetes Is Associated with Vertebral Fractures in Clinic- and Hospital-based Latinos. J Immig and Minority Health