Holly Sparks

Canada Research Chair in Equine Regenerative Medicine

Tier 2 - 2022-01-01
University of Calgary
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council


Research summary

Some horses are beloved family companions, while others are high-functioning and economically valuable athletes. But musculoskeletal injuries are common in all types, particularly athletic injuries of soft tissues, such as tendons.

As Canada Research Chair in Equine Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Holly Sparks hopes to improve quality of life for all horses by preventing athletic injuries and developing regenerative medicine solutions that are more effective at healing existing injuries. Because there are inherent similarities between the injuries that occur in horses and in humans, she and her research team hope their findings can be translated into solutions to address challenging human injuries as well.