OREF Grant Recipient Scopes the Effects of Meniscal Tear “Repairs”

Sharon Johnson

Does meniscal injury increase the likelihood that osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee will develop and if so, how? A University of California, San Francisco research team led by Christina R. Allen, MD, associate clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery, is grappling with that question.

A 1-year research study, made possible by a 2012 Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF)/Goldberg Arthritis Research Grant funded by the Dr. Victor and Mrs. Harriet Goldberg Endowment Fund, will help determine how meniscal tears and meniscectomies contribute to early cartilage damage and lead to OA. The investigation will provide critical pilot data for a larger, longitudinal study that Dr. Allen hopes will have funding from the National Institutes of Health.

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