Robert B. Gordon in Sydney

Call for Applications: Robert B. Gordon Fellowship

Research applications for the Robert B. Gordon Arthritis Research Fellowship are due April 15, 2013. This fellowship is designed to provide funding for post-doctoral training in research aimed at helping the billions of people, companion animals, and horses affected with arthritis. Successful applicants for this position will be individuals who have completed doctoral degree programs (DVM, PhD, DO and/or MD) and have an interest and focus in arthritis research. The fellowship will be a 1–3 year program involving basic science and/or clinical research. The fellow will work in the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory full-time and will have access to experience in the University Medical and Veterinary Medical Hospitals and Clinics. The COL will provide salary and benefits commensurate with the fellow’s experience and abilities ($20–35K). In addition, funding for pilot projects will be provided. The fellow will be expected to do the following:

Robert and Frances Gordon

Robert and Frances Gordon

  • Design, initiate, and complete original research projects in the area of arthritis that complement the research foci of the COL.
  • Submit proposals for competitive, extramural funding for the research.
  • Present data at national and international meetings.

Interested individuals should send a letter of intent and curriculum vitae to Dr. Cook via e-mail: cookjl@missouri.edu.

Decisions will be made by May 15, 2013.

The Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory is dedicated to the life and memory of Robert B. Gordon. Mr. Gordon, our founder’s grandfather, underwent six joint replacement surgeries during his lifetime in an attempt to treat the severe osteoarthritis in his knees. He lived with constant pain and disability, like so many others with arthritis. This is our motivation for finding better ways to diagnose and treat arthritis. We hope that through working to “find a joint solution” we will one day find a cure for arthritis. Mr. Gordon, and his wife Frances, have made a number of very generous donations to the laboratory throughout the years, and more importantly, have provided love, moral and philosophical support, and encouragement since our inception. Many members of the Gordon family have also provided financial and philosophical support throughout the years, and have recently established the Gordon Family Endowment for Arthritis Research so as to ensure long-term support for the laboratory.