Orthopaedic Research Laboratory Alumni Council

Alumni Laboratories

Visit the research laboratories of the alumni of Dr. Woo.

Board of Directors

Richard Debski, Ph.D. President
Caroline Wang, M.S. Secretary
Jamie Pfaeffle, M.D., Ph.D. Treasurer
Doug Boardman, M.D.
Thay Lee, Ph.D.
Patrick McMahon, M.D.
Karen Ohland, M.S.
Christos Papgeorgiou, M.D.
Masataka Sakane, M.D.
Sven Scheffler, M.D.
Jennifer Wayne, Ph.D.

2016 ORLAC Grant Recipients

Since 1997, ORLAC has awarded over 45 grants and supported several initiatives such as the International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons (ISL&T). Unfortunately this will be the last year that ORLAC will be funding the grants program. Congratulations to our final grant recipients.

The Mrs. Ho-Tung Cheong Grant

Hansel Ihn
University of California, Irvine
Project: Biomechanical Characterization of the Superior Glenohumeral Capsuloligamentous Complex

The Erin McGurk Grant

Jocelyn Todd
University of Utah
Project: Understanding the Mechanics of Focal Chondral Defects in the Hip:
A Framework to Advance Treatment Options

The Mrs. Ho-Tung Cheong Grant

Cathy Vu
Emory University
Project: Single-stage vs. two-stage treatment of calcaneal fracture

What is ORLAC

The Orthopaedic Research Laboratory Alumni Council (ORLAC) is a non-profit research foundation. The purpose of ORLAC is to nurture and organize the expertise of internationally diverse orthopaedic researchers and industrialists to promote and support the development of research, clinical practice, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Strong leadership and support of ORLAC's philosophy "Relentless Pursuit of Excellence," will enable ORLAC to grow into an internationally recognized entity.


ORLAC was informally established by students (Thay Lee, PhD, Jennifer Wayne, PhD and Deidre MacKenna, PhD) of Dr. Savio L-Y Woo at the University of California, San Diego in the late 1980's to build networking amongst students, fellows and residents. Dr. Woo has produced a countless number of highly successful scientists, educators and business leaders through his mentoring in science but more importantly in scientific philosophy. ORLAC has enjoyed continued growth through the nineties and was formally incorporated as a non-profit foundation in 1996 by students and staff (Richard Debski, PhD, Ted Rudy, MA, Glen Livesay, PhD, Serena Chan Saw, MS and Jamie Pfaeffle, MD, PhD) of Dr. Woo at the University of Pittsburgh.

Goals of ORLAC

  • Promote and support the development of orthopaedic research, clinical practice, and entrepreneurial endeavors by becoming an internationally recognized charitable organization.
  • Establish collaborative partnerships between orthopaedic research laboratories and industrial and clinical interests both nationally and internationally.
  • Establish an endowment to provide see funding on an annual basis for young investigators, students, residents, and fellows, engaged in orthopaedic research.
  • To sponsor a means for the dissemination and peer review of information derived from orthopaedic research such as biannual international symposia and a web site.

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