Gary S. Beaupre, Ph.D.
Dr. Beaupre is a VA Research Career Scientist in the Rehabilitation Research & Development Service and PAVIR PI with more than three decades of experience studying musculoskeletal diseases and treatments. Dr. Beaupre also is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Bioengineering 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. This field of research is called Skeletal Mechanobiology, and it is central to understanding the development and treatment of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Dr. Beaupre and his long-time collaborator, Professor Dennis Carter, have written a seminal book in this field entitled “Skeletal Function and Form: Mechanobiology of Skeletal Development, Aging, and Regeneration”.
Dr. Beaupre’s currently funded VA projects include one that is focused on the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to excite paralyzed muscles in individuals with spinal cord injuries, enabling them to exercise using a rowing ergometer.
Another of Dr. Beaupre’s ongoing studies is a collaboration with Stanford investigators to determine if gait (walking) retraining can reduce knee pain in individuals with early to moderate, medial (toward the midline) compartment knee osteoarthritis.
To learn more about Dr. Beaupre’s ongoing studies, funded by the VA and administered by the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, please visit the following:
- “Skeletal Health in the Lower Limbs Following Spinal Cord Injury.” LEARN MORE >
- “Personalized Walking Training to Reduce Pain from Knee Osteoarthritis” LEARN MORE >