Dana L. Duren, PhD
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
- 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
- Vital Signs, Fall 2014, story describes Duren’s work on skeletal maturity research: "Age-old question: How old is your skeleton?"
- Vital Signs, Spring 2014, story reports Duren as guest editor of 2014 special issue on Growth and Development research: Fels Longitudinal Study featured in anniversary issue of American Journal of Physical Anthropology
- Duren gives keynote address at the 2013 Boonshoft School of Medicine Central Research Forum: Building a Translational Research Collaboration in Orthopaedic Surgery
- Duren receives the Wright State University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement in 2009
Kent State University, Ph.D., 2001, Biomedical Sciences
Kent State University, M.A., 1999, Biological Anthropology
University of Missouri Columbia, B.A., 1993, Anthropology