15 Orthopedic & Spine Research Grant Awards

Written by Laura Dyrda | January 19, 2012 | Print  |
Here are 15 orthopedic, spine and sports medicine research grants awarded to surgeons, device companies and researchers over the past year.
Researchers at Elon (N.C.) University received a $17,000 grant to study the effects of concussions on student athletes. The grant was awarded by the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

Researchers at Frazier Rehab Institute and the University of Louisville (Ky.) have been awarded a $2.2 million grant to establish the Spinal Cord Injury Model System, which will engage in research for treating SCI. The grant was one of 14 awarded in the United States by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the United States Department of Education.

Sports medicine researcher at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kevin Guskiewicz received a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation — the Genius Grant — to fund his work in concussion research. His team has been measuring the impact of concussions on football players with accelerometers to hopefully improve player safety.

New York-based Hospital for Special Surgery received a $1 million grant from the family of Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump, Robert Trump and Elizabeth Trump Grau for the Mary and Fred Trump Institute for Implant Analysis.

The University of Miami's Lee D. Kaplan, MD, received the AOSSM/Genzyme Osteoarthritis Basic Science Research Grant of $50,000 for his work with articular cartilage epigenetics after an injury.

Neurosurgeon Peter LeRoux, MD, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, received a $250,000 Dana Foundation Clinical Neurosciences grant to study branch chain amino acids as treatments for athletic concussions.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Smith & Nephew awarded a $25,000 grant to Stephen Lyman, PhD, and his colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to further research on electronic knee specific patient reported outcome instruments.

The Society for Women's Health Research and its Interdisciplinary Studies in Sex-Differences Network on Musculoskeletal Health has awarded a $127,000 grant to Mayo Clinic researchers to study why women are more likely to develop knee osteoarthritis than men.

Atlanta-based orthopedic device company MedShape Solutions has received the Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant from the National Institutes of Health to support research and development with its compliant shape memory device for meniscal repair. Paired with potential additional funding phases, the grant could total more than $1.5 million if the company achieves target Phase I development milestones.

A former patient of Peter J. Millett, MD, of The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., granted the Steadman Philippon Research Institute $1 million to fund Dr. Millett's sports medicine and shoulder research at the Institute. His research focuses on shoulder joint preservation, joint reconstruction, nerve damage, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff repair and management of cartilage injuries in the shoulder.

In November, the North American Spine Society awarded the 2011 Research Training Fellowship to Hong Joo Moon, MD, PhD, of Seoul, South Korea. Additional grant recipients included D. Gregg Anderson, MD, of Philadelphia. Among the five surgeons and researchers receiving the grants, NASS awarded $187,425.

Mesut Sahin, PhD, was awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop and test floating light activated micro-electrical stimulators for treating spinal cord injury patients. The technology could enable these patients to restore some motor functions.

The United States Army granted $1 million to Cambridge, Mass.-based device company Semprus BioSciences to develop a new orthopedic device that will reduce biofilm formation after implementation.

Two scientists from Washington University in St. Louis received a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to study the reattachment of tendon to bone during rotator cuff repairs.

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