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AOSSM presents annual research awards
Date:7/9/2012

BALTIMORE, MD In order to recognize and encourage cutting-edge research in key areas of orthopaedic sports medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) will present ten research awards and seven grants during its Annual Meeting, July 12-15 in Baltimore, MD. As a leader in orthopaedic sports medicine, AOSSM annually provides more than $350,000 to research initiatives and projects around the country. Highlights of this year's award recipients include:

2012 AOSSM/ConMed Linvatec Young Investigators Grants
The Young Investigator Grants (YIG) are specifically designed to support young researchers who have not received prior funding. This year AOSSM selected two winners: Mark C. Drakos, MD (Feinstein Institute for Medical Research) for "Enhancement of Achilles Tendon Repair Viscoelasticity with Blockade of Matrix Metalloproteinase" which will examine possible healing options for Achilles tendon injuries, and Benton E. Heyworth, MD (Children's Hospital Boston) for "Trans-Articular versus Retro-Articular Drilling of Stable Juvenile Osteochondritis Dissecans Lesions: A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial," a study designed to investigate different surgical outcomes for osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), which damages cartilage and bones.

2012 AOSSM/BioMimetic Sandy Kirkley Clinical Research Outcome Grant
To honor the memory and spirit of Dr. Kirkley, AOSSM established a grant of $20,000 that provides start-up, "seed," or supplemental funding for an outcome research project or pilot study. This year's recipient is Olufemi Ayeni, MD, MSc, FRCS from McMaster University. His project, "Arthroscopic Treatment of Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Pilot Randomized Trial" will investigate the outcomes of arthroscopic surgery to treat hip problems caused by femoroacetabular impingement.

2012 AOSSM/Smith & Nephew Innovative Outcomes Assessment Grant
New in 2011, this grant was initiate
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Contact: Lisa Weisenberger
lisa@aossm.org
847-292-4900
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
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