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Date:10/7/2010

re efficient designs and increased generalizability of the studies we conduct," said Michael Bosse, MD, of Carolinas Medical Center, chair of the Consortium and co-PI with Dr. MacKenzie. "In this way, we will be in an even better position to deliver on our goal of establishing treatment guidelines for the optimal care of the wounded warrior and improve the outcomes of both service members and civilians who sustain serious injury to the extremities."

"The need for such a consortium is evident," said Renan Castillo, PhD, an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy and Deputy Director of the METRC Coordinating Center. "Eighty-two percent of all service members injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom sustain significant extremity trauma. Many are burdened with injuries to multiple limbs. The research conducted by the Consortium will help us better understand what works and what doesn't in treating these injuries and ensure that our service members are provided with the best care possible."

"We are thrilled to be partnering with Drs. MacKenzie and Bosse and the incredible team of investigators they have assembled," says Joseph Wenke, MD, of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Program Manager for the Consortium. "Together we will address the most pressing issues in orthopedic trauma care. The results of our studies are likely to change practices," said Wenke.

Mackenzie concludes: "It is an honor to work collaboratively with the military on issues that are critical to the care of the wounded warrior. In some small way we are able to give back to our service men and women in a meaningful way and recognize the significant sacrifices they make for us."


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