AAOS Now, Februrary 2010
Promising results for gene therapies
OREF funding helps produce new model Flexor tendon grafting in the hand frequently results in excessive scarring, but research in animals has uncovered a novel approach that may reduce the incidence of that common postoperative complication. The gene therapy approach uses an allograft instead of the autologous grafting technique favored in clinical practice.
SPRINT Trial wins OREF Clinical Research Award
Effort helping to define standards for tibial fracture care As a third-year orthopaedic surgical resident, Mohit Bhandari, MD, was asked what he would like to accomplish in the next decade. “I would like to contribute something meaningful to the orthopaedic community beyond my surgical practice,” he responded. Mohit Bhandari, MD Although he had virtually no funding when the project began, Dr.
Growth plate studies earn Kappa Delta Award
Multidimensional analysis provides insight into bone elongation What began as a study of osteochondrosis 30 years ago has resulted in the awarding of the 2010 Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award to Cornelia E. Farnum, DVM, PhD, and Norman J. Wilsman, DVM, PhD. They summarized their decades of research in their award-winning paper “Analyzing the Growth Plate in Four Dimensions: A Thirty-year Perspective on Growth Plate Dynamics.”
Rotator cuff st udies establish new model of repair
Animal model studies provide insight for clinical treatment The great apes may be man’s closest animal relatives, but it’s the rat that may teach us the most about rotator cuff disease, according to Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD, this year’s winner of the Kappa Delta Ann Doner Vaughan award. In a series of studies using the rat model, Dr. Soslowsky has demonstrated the impact of extrinsic factors on overuse injuries and the importance of postsurgical activity levels in the healing response.
Three for the spine
Young investigator honored for studies on spinal fluid pressure and biomarkers Despite the significant time and resources expended on the study of spinal cord injury (SCI), few effective treatments have been found for this devastating injury.
Apply now for the 2010 CSDP
The Clinician Scientist Development Program (CSDP) is sponsored by the AAOS, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. The program is open to PGY2–PGY 5 residents, fellowship participants, and junior faculty through year 3 who have the potential and desire to become orthopaedic clinician scientists. Up to 15 participants are selected to participate in the 1.5-day CSDP training workshop is scheduled for Oct. 17–19, in Rosemont, Ill.