AAOS Report - August , 2006

AAOS secures $125,000 NIH R-13 grant

The AAOS was recently awarded a multi-year R-13 symposium support grant of $125,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will be spread out in $25,000 increments over the next five years. Christopher H. Evans, PhD, immediate past president of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and a member of the AAOS Research Development Committee, served as the primary investigator for the R-13 grant application.

The grant will support research symposia designed to define the knowledge base, identify gaps in the knowledge base and outline future research opportunities in chosen cutting-edge topic areas. The 2006 symposium is scheduled for October on Developmental Biology in Orthopaedics. It will be held in Toronto, Canada, and chaired by Benjamin Alman, MD, and William Horton, PhD. Subsequent symposia will focus on the challenges and opportunities in fracture repair (2007), musculoskeletal imaging and computer-assisted surgery (2008), orthopaedic randomized clinical trials (2009) and musculoskeletal health disparities (2010).

The symposia continue a long collaboration among the Academy, governmental agencies such as the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, industry, specialty societies, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, ORS, and leading researchers and clinicians. Each symposium will include a Young Investigator program, allowing several residents to apply to attend and participate. The future research directions, abstracts, and/or manuscripts from each “invitational” symposium will be published in a summary article, journal supplement, or through online media.

In April 2006, a supplement in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery was published on the September 2005 Intervertebral Disc Degeneration research symposium, a joint AAOS/NIH/ORS effort. For more information, visit the AAOS Research Symposia Web page.

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