Dana L. Duren, PhD

Department:
Community Health
Title:
Associate Professor, Community Health Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation
Address:
Res Park-Lifespan, 3171 Research Blvd, Dayton, OH 45420-4006
Phone:
937-775-1454

Major Active Projects

Dr. Duren is dedicated to improving pediatric skeletal health. She directs successful research programs on the influences on cortical bone accrual during childhood and the later adulthood consequences, and has made significant strides in revamping standards for assessing skeletal maturity from the hand-wrist radiograph. Her current goals are to unite clinical and basic scientists to conquer all barriers to the best practices in maturity assessment. Her lab has recently completed the first phase of data collection for updating skeletal maturity methods to include multiple races and contemporary children. She is also making strides in achieving a semi-automated computer program to accelerate the use of the FELS method for maturity assessment in collaboration with biomedical and computer engineers and clinical pediatric radiologists.

Through the analysis of data from the 80-year history of the Fels Longitudinal Study, Dr. Duren and her team are uncovering a number of important secular trends in the developing skeleton. Root causes of these trends are still unclear. Novel avenues for exploring the underpinnings and consequences of these changes in the skeleton are key areas of exploration and expansion in the Duren lab.

In her overarching theme of Bone and Joint Health Across the Life Span, she also directs research on the following:

  • Genetics of the Pediatric Skeleton
  • Osteoarthritis and Health of Joints and Cartilage
  • Three Dimensional Analysis of Gait and Function

Professional Positions

  • 2013-present: Director of Orthopaedic Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • 2010-present: Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Wright State University, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • 2008-2010: Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • 2004-2010: Assistant Professor, Lifespan Health Research Center, Department of Community Health, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio
  • 2001-2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Skeletal Genetic Epidemiology, Lifespan Health Research Center, Department of Community Health, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio

Research Highlights

Education History: 

Kent State University, Ph.D., 2001, Biomedical Sciences
Kent State University, M.A., 1999, Biological Anthropology
University of Missouri Columbia, B.A., 1993, Anthropology

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