Gary S. Beaupre, Ph.D.
Dr. Beaupre is a VA Research Career Scientist in the Rehabilitation Research & Development Service and PAVIR PI who has worked at VA Palo Alto since 1984. He received his PhD degree in 1983 from Stanford University. Dr. Beaupre also is a Consulting Professor in the Biomechanical Engineering Group at Stanford University. In his research Dr. Beaupre studies how forces, stresses, strains, and loading repetitions influence the development, maintenance, degeneration, and repair of bone and cartilage. His research has produced insights into the roles that different mechanical factors play in the development and treatment of skeletal diseases, including arthritis and osteoporosis. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and had more than 200 presentations at national and international conferences. He and his long-time Stanford collaborator, Professor Dennis Carter, have a seminal book in print that describes much of their 30-year collaborative research studies. The book, entitled “Skeletal Function and Form”, is published by Cambridge University Press and is widely available. A current research project of Dr. Beaupre is one that is focused on the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to excite paralyzed muscles in the legs which enable individuals with spinal cord injuries to exercise using a stationary rowing ergometer. Preliminary studies conducting by collaborators of Dr. Beaupre based in England suggest that the loss of bone mass in the lower limbs following spinal cord injury can be substantially mitigated in individuals who follow a dedicated FES-rowing exercise regime.
One of Dr. Beaupre’s ongoing studies, funded by the VA and administered by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, is titled “Skeletal Health in the Lower Limbs Following Spinal Cord Injury.” LEARN MORE >