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Johnny Huard, PhD

Job Title Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Bioengineering, and Pathology, University of Pittsburgh
Job Title Henry J. Mankin, MD, Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
Job Title Associate Director, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative
Job Title Co-Director for the Biomedical Research Component of the Pitt-Mac
Job Title Center Director, Center for Cell Therapeutics, Children's Hospital and University of Pittsburgh
Job Title Deputy Director, Cellular Therapeutic Research, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
4401 Penn Ave., Suite Rangos Research Building, 9th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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Education and Training

Graduate School:

1993 Laval University


1994 McGill University
1995 University of Pittsburgh


  • Cell Transplantation Society
  • Neuromuscular Diseases Society
  • University Laval Diplomatic Association
  • Cell Biology Society
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Center (Parent Project) University of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh Committee for Virology Tissue Engineering Society International
  • American Society of Gene Therapy
  • Australian Neuromuscular Disease Association
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
  • International Bone and Mineral Society (IBMS)
  • International Society for Experimental Hematology (ISEH)
  • The Cell Transplant Society
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
  • New York Academy of Sciences


  • 1991-1992 Medical Research Council of Canada Award
  • 1993-1994 Medical Research Council of Canada Post-Doctoral Award
  • Finalist for the Young Investigator Award, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sport Medicine Herodicus and 3-M Awards
  • Smith and Nephew Award
  • Royal Thai Orthopaedic Annual Meeting, Pataya, Thailand
  • 1999, 2000-2202 AOA-Zimmer Travel Award
  • Grand Prize Winner, Urodynamic Society's 20th Annual Meeting Essay Contest
  • Michael E. Miller Young Investigator Award, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Best Scientific Exhibit for Scientific Content, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Grand Prize Winner 2000, International Jack Lapides Essay Contest on Urodynamics and Neuro-urology Research
  • Best Scientific Poster, Orthopaedic Trauma Association Meeting
  • 1999, 2201 Inclusion, American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Press Book and ASCB
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2000 Cabaud Award
  • Grand Prize Winner 2000, Society for Urodynamics and Female Urology
  • The Epter Lederman Prize , The Kids for Kids Project and Parent Project
  • Best Scientific Poster, ESSKA Meeting
  • New Investigator Recognition Awards, 4th Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies
  • Finalist for New Investigator Award, The Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Chancellor's 2002 Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2002 Poster Presentation Award, Society for Urodynamic and Female Urology
  • Named the Henry J. Mankin, M.D., Endowed Chair for Orthopaedic Surgery Research
  • Second Prize Winner in the Laboratory Research Category of the 2003 AUA/ACMI Prize Essay Contest
  • Winner in the Basic Science Category of the Society for Urodynamic
    and Female Urology 2003 Essay Competition
  • 2001, 2005, 2007 New Investigator Recognition Award, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Aircast Award for Basic Science, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • First Place Poster Award, Pittsburgh Bone Symposium
  • 40 Under 40 Award, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Kappa Delta Young Investigator Award, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Michael J. Jerva, M.D., Award for the Best Poster Presentation, The International Intradiscal Therapy Society
  • Best Science Paper, 19th Annual Smith and Nephew Residents' Research Competition
  • AACR-ASTRAZENECA Scholar in Training Award, American Association for Cancer Research
  • Young Investigator's Award, FASEB
  • 2005, 2007 Smith and Nephew's Annual Residents' Research Competition Winner
  • 2006-2007 First Place Poster Award, Cellular Therapies Category, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (MRM)
  • NIH NIAMS Spotlight on Research
  • Overall Excellence in Research Award, AMA-MSS National Research Poster Competition
  • Novel and Noteworthy selection by ASCB Press
  • Science Magazine "Meeting Briefs," December 2006
  • Press release from Carnegie-Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, December 10, 2006
  • Nominee - 2007 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring, the University of Pittsburgh
  • "Headlines" of Popular Science, March 2007
  • Press release by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, April 2007
  • Highlighted cover article in the Journal of Cell Biology, April 2007
  • "Research Highlights" in Nature, May 2007
  • Recipient of the ADDUQAR 2007 Prix d'excellence


  • Gates C, Karthikeyan T, Fu F, Huard J. Regenerative medicine for the musculoskeletal system using muscle-derived stem cells. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2007. In Press.
  • Shen W, Li Y, Zhu J, Schwendener R, Huard J. Interaction between macrophages TFG-B1, and the COX-2 pathway during the inflammatory phase of skeletal muscle healing after injury. J Cell Physiol 2007. In Press.
  • Pollett JB, Corsi KA, Weiss KR, Cooper GM, Barry DA, Gharaibeh B, Huard J. Malignant transformation of multipotent muscle-derived cells by concurrent differentiation signals. Stem Cells 2007. In Press.

Active Research Projects / Grants

  • Gene and cell therapy of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Research Core precursor cell isolation and characterization
  • Muscle based tissue engineering to improve bone healing
  • New advances in molecular therapy for muscle repair after diseases and injury.
    Project #1: The use of suramin to improve muscle healing after military -related injuries
  • Human blood-vessel associated multipotent stem cells for the therapy of myocardial infarct
Last Update
October 19, 2009
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Last Update
October 19, 2009