The Orthopaedic & Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC) is designed to promote and encourage significant advances in clinical research through coordinated endeavors between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. These opportunities are afforded to faculty and students at Marquette University and to faculty, fellows, and residents in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Wisconsin. OREC builds upon prior successful collaborations in the fields of orthopaedic biomechanics, biomaterials, rehabilitation engineering, and human motion analysis.

The goal of OREC is to establish a focus of excellence with national recognition in research and research training, and to increase levels of extramural support. OREC is designed to be of mutual benefit to faculty and students at Marquette University and at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Through economics of scale, OREC offers an academically effective and cost efficient means for supporting three high level, productive clinical research laboratories. It provides academic opportunities to faculty and students that will support professional development of the highest caliber.

From a clinical perspective, OREC offers solid support for scientific investigation in the areas of orthopaedic biomechanics, biomaterials and histology, human motion analysis, and rehabilitation engineering. The clinical goal of OREC is to advance the quality of patient care in orthopaedic and rehabilitation medicine.

OREC has the two necessary components to function effectively: faculty support and laboratory facilities. OREC supports three laboratories. Two laboratories are located at Marquette: 1) the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, which is located in the Schroeder Complex Annex. 2) the Biomaterials and Histology Laboratory which is located at the Walter F. Joyce Biomaterials laboratory in the William Wehr Physics building; the Human Motion Analysis laboratory located in the Froedtert East Clinics at the Medical College of Wisconsin.