Trauma, Toe, and TAR Papers Take Awards

Mary Ann Porucznik

Scientific papers on inflammatory mediators after ankle fracture, treatment of advanced hallux rigidus, and functional outcomes after total ankle replacement (TAR) were recognized during the 2015 annual meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), held in Long Beach, Calif., July 15–18, 2015.

J. Leonard Goldner Award
A paper on “Inflammatory Cytokines and Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) in the Synovial Fluid after Intra-articular Ankle Fracture” received the 2015 J. Leonard Goldner Award, recognizing outstanding basic science research. Noting that synovial fluid exhibits a degraded environment of largely pro-inflammatory mediators similar to that described in idiopathic osteoarthritis (OA), researchers hoped to characterize the inflammatory cytokine and MMP composition by comparing synovial fluid from an injured ankle with that from the contralateral joint.

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