Carol Halberstadt

Carol Halberstadt
Newton, Massachusetts

Born in the Bronx, New York, and educated at the High School of Music & Art, and Brandeis and Columbia universities, Carol Snyder Halberstadt is trained in fine arts, art history and archaeology, and cultural anthropology. Poet, teacher, and activist, she has worked since college as an editor and writer in a wide range of academic, medical/scientific, and technical fields. She is a cofounder and president of Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land, Inc. and an advocate for environmental justice and responsibility.

Carol is the first person from the “lower 48” to join our research team as a consumer collaborator. In 2000–2001, she began to experience OA symptoms and was diagnosed in 2005 with end-stage “bone-on-bone” osteoarthritis of her right hip. The increasing pain, fatigue, and resulting disability of those years led her to research treatment options and choose a total hip resurfacing, using the recently U.S. FDA-approved Birmingham metal-on-metal device. Carol is very interested in exploring research underway on biologic treatments of OA, including gene therapy, autologous cartilage transplantation, and stem cell repair. She also believes that OA is not simply a “wear-and-tear” phenomenon but is more likely a subtler autoimmune disorder and is supportive of further research in this area.