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Published 12/1/2010
Annie Hayashi

A thriving environment for research

During the 2011 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), the AAOS and ORS will join forces to address two important issues confronting the clinician and research communities—overcoming obstacles to orthopaedic innovation and developing an environment for the orthopaedic clinician scientist to thrive.

According to Lynne C. Jones, PhD, who organized the symposium on overcoming obstacles to innovation, “Innovation is an extensive, multistep process that begins with an idea and ends with the verification of that idea in the clinical setting.”

Topics that will be discussed include intellectual property, academic/industry collaborations, potential conflicts of interest, off-label use of implants, and biologics.

“The surgeon needs to know the challenges faced by the scientist, and the researcher needs to be aware of the challenges confronting the surgeon,” said Dr. Jones.

The second symposium—“Clinician scientists: What good are seeds without fertile soil?”—will focus on providing an environment in which clinician scientists can thrive.

Organized by Peter C. Amadio, MD, the symposium is geared to the orthopaedic department chair who is trying to create or improve a program for clinician scientists. The session will provide the dos and don’ts from those who have already developed successful programs.

Presentations will cover external resources, departmental and institutional resources, programs for clinical research, balancing clinical and research careers, successful collaborations between clinicians and scientists, and the rules and workings of K awards.

The ORS annual meeting will be held Jan. 13–15, 2011, in Long Beach, Calif. For more information, visit www.ors.org

Annie Hayashi is a contributing writer for the Orthopaedic Research Society. She can be reached at achayashi@gmail.com