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Saturday, February 06, 1999

Many key research advances began with OREF grant

The list of past Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) grantees reads like the who's who of orthopaedic surgery. Many of the key advances in the specialty and investigators who went on to make significant contributions to orthopaedic surgery got their start through a grant or award from OREF.

Thomas Einhorn, MD, Boston University Medical Center recalls, "In 1986, at a time when federal funding of new grants in musculoskeletal research was at an all time low, the ability of a young, recently graduated orthopaedist to receive serious monetary support of research was nearly impossible. That was the year that the OREF granted me a Career Development Award. With that support, I was able to perform studies which later led to NIH funding in the 1990s and, at this year's Academy Annual Meeting, I will be a proud recipient of a Kappa Delta Award for my career's work in fracture healing.

"The OREF made it possible for me to realize my hopes and dreams for an academic orthopaedic career. Now I have a laboratory with nine young scientists whom I can help to train in musculoskeletal research. I have confidence that our efforts will lead to advances in the way orthopaedic trauma patients are managed in the future. I think it is appropriate that I share my pride with the men, women and corporate sponsors who support OREF. It is that kind of commitment to research which will continue to make good things happen."

Randy Rosier MD, PhD, professor of orthopaedics, oncology, biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester, also believes that OREF funding was instrumental in the development of his career. " OREF contributed in a major way to my interest in research and my ability to become a researcher, Dr. Rosier said. "My OREF funding started me on my way to developing a sustained research program in areas of bone tumors, molecular biology and tissue engineering that are being translated into applications that can be used to treat or fight cancer."

James D. Heckman, MD, 1998 Academy president, also got his start through OREF. "The opportunity to participate in the Berg-Sloat travelling fellowship jump-started my academic career and focused my research interests in trauma which were supported by a grant from OREF to study basic principles of fracture healing," Dr. Heckman said. "Without that support I could not have had a successful academic career."

How will the specialty of orthopaedics continue to advance? Who will the researchers be that take us into the new millenium? Through the support of the orthopaedic community, OREF will continue to play a key role in the answers to these questions. Support of research is the means to advancement of the specialty that ultimately benefits all who work daily in clinical practice and their patients. The OREF "Wall of Fame" this year features a timeline of key researchers and projects funded by OREF, as well as information highlighting the impact of OREF funded research by orthopaedic sub-specialty.

The OREF exhibit in the Lanai Lobby, immediately outside rooms A9 and A10 in the convention center, has more information about what OREF has accomplished to date, and how you can be a part of ensuring that "The one foundation for the entire orthopaedic community" will continue to fund quality orthopaedic research now and into the future.

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