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Saturday, March 13, 2004

OREF announces 2004 grants and awards

By Jean McGuire, CFO/Vice President, Grants

The Board of Trustees of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has approved $3.4 million in funding for 134 grants and awards during 2004. The grants and awards being funded include:

Award winners

For the first time, OREF awarded three Clinician Scientist Awards, which will provide investigators with partial salary support, enabling them to pursue their research careers. The three recipients are: David L. Glaser, MD; Javad Parvizi, MD, and James R. Slauterbeck, MD.

The Career Development Award recipients are John C. Clohisy, MD, and Harry K.W. Kim, MD. Prospective clinical research grants were awarded to John G. Thometz, MD, and Weiping Ren, MD, PhD.

This year's OREF Clinical Research Award winners are Frank R. Noyes, MD; Edward Grood, PhD; Thomas Andriacchi, PhD; and Sue Barber-Westin, BS, from Deaconess Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, for their project "Factors affecting the treatment of anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees with lower limb malalignment and associated ligamentous instabillities: A correlated, clinical, biomechanical, and dynamic gait analysis."

Since 1955, OREF has funded more than 1,900 grants and awards, totaling $55.6 million. The Foundation is able to fund research through partnerships with individual donors, associations and corporate donors.

The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation is supporting one of the nine research grants. The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation share in supporting three of the 11 Resident Research Awards announced this week.

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. will continue to fund the remaining years for its Grants for Excellence in Research in Orthopaedic Treatment. In addition, Zimmer is funding five Orthopaedic Career Development Awards in 2004.

In August 2003, OREF received 304 grant applications requesting more than $15 million in funding. In December, OREF's Peer Review Committee volunteers evaluated the scientific merit of each application through a rigorous peer review process modeled after the one used by the National Institutes of Health. The applications were then ranked, and funding recommendations were made.

OREF's Board of Trustees would like to congratulate the 2004 grant and award recipients. A complete listing of OREF's awardees is available for viewing during the AAOS Annual Meeting at the Foundation's exhibit, located in the Moscone Center Concourse area near Room 102, next to the Gateway Ballroom. Additionally, the complete list may be found on the OREF Web site, www.oref.org.

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