AAOS Bulletin - April, 2005

OREF announces grants and awards for 2005

By Jean McGuire

The Board of Trustees for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) approved $2.6 million in funding for 115 grants and awards at its February meeting. Some of the grants and awards funded include:

• Two Career Development Awards of up to $75,000 per year for three years

• Six research grants of up to $50,000 per year for two years

• Three Prospective Clinical Grants of up to $50,000 per year for three years

• One OREF Clinical Research Award of $20,000

• One Health Services Research Award of up to $70,000 per year for two years — funded in conjunction with the AAOS

• Eight Resident Research Awards of up to $15,000 for one year

Award recipients

This year’s recipient of the Thomas M. Coffman Career Development Award was Joseph Borrelli Jr., MD, for his project: “In Vivo Cartilage Changes After Mechanical Injury.” David C. Markel, MD, also received a Career Development Award, which he will use to study “Inflammatory Monocytes and Aseptic Loosening.”

Prospective Clinical Research Grants were awarded to Kenneth J. Koval, MD; Eric C. McCarty, MD, and David S. Ruch, MD.

Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH—along with David Zurakowski, PhD, and James R. Kasser, MD—received this year’s OREF Clinical Research Award. Their research project is: “Septic Arthritis of the Hip in Children, An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Clinical Effectiveness.” All are from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Saam Morshed, MD, is this year’s recipient of the Fellowship in Health Services Research. This award of $70,000 per year for two years provides the Fellow with one year of classroom experience in areas of study, design, epidemiology and statistics, and one year to conduct a major research project. The award is designed to encourage orthopaedic surgeons who have the research skills necessary to undertake and manage various types of health services and outcomes research. Beginning in 2005, this award will be renamed the Clinical Research Training Fellowship.

Research grants were awarded to: William R. Creevy, MD; C. Benjamin Ma, MD; Martha M. Murray, MD; Bradley J. Nelson, MD; Kenneth J. Noonan, MD; and Howell C. Sasser, Ph.D.

Resident Research Awards were given to: Mohana Amirtharajah, MD; Brandon E. Earp, MD; Michael J. Gardner, MD; Afshin Khalafi, MD; Paul Kraemer, MD; Jennifer L. Kummer, MD; Patrick M. Morgan, MD, and Jian Shen, MD, PhD.

Partners support grants

Since 1955, OREF has funded more than 2,000 grants and awards, totaling more than $57 million. The Foundation is able to fund research through contributions from individual donors and through partnerships with other associations and corporate donors. The Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation also share in supporting OREF grants.

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. is funding six Orthopaedic Career Development Awards in 2005. Recipients of the Zimmer Awards are: Carl Deirmengian, MD; Reuben Gobezie, MD; R. Michael Meneghini, MD; Carol D. Morris, MD; Andrew D. Pearle, MD; and Heather A. Vallier, MD.

Bayer Pharmaceuticals also funded a Directed Research Award. Joshua D. Auerbach, MD, received the OREF/Bayer Pharmaceuticals Resident Research Award in Blood Management Research for his project: “Two-Incision MIS THA versus Small-Incision Mini-Posterolateral THA: A Comparison of Surgical Stress and Thrombotic Potential.”

Selection process

In October 2004, OREF received 311 grant applications requesting $13 million in funding. In January, OREF’s Peer Review Committee volunteers evaluated the scientific merit of each application through a rigorous peer review process modeled after 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 2005 grant and award recipients. A complete listing of OREF’s awardees may be found on OREF’s Web site, www.oref.org.

Jean McGuire is chief financial officer and vice president, grants, for the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. She can be reached at mcguire@oref.org

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