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American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Presents Prestigious Research Awards at Annual Meeting
Date:7/6/2009

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Aircast Award for Basic Science
Voted by the AOSSM's Fellowship Committee, this year's recipients are David Kovacevic, MD, Asheesh Bedi, MD, Alice J. Fox, MSc, Xenghua Deng, MD, Russell F. Warren, MD, Scott A. Rodeo, MD for their paper "The Effect of TGF-B3 on Tendon-to-Bone Healing in a Rotator Cuff Repair Model." The authors found that augmentation with the human gene TGF-B3, during a rotator cuff repair improves the strength of the repair more than surgical repair alone. Awardees receive a monetary compensation of $1,500.

Aircast Award for Clinical Science
"Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Patients with Significant Growth Remaining: What is the Risk to the Meniscus and Cartilage when Treatment is Delayed?" authored by J. Todd R. Lawrence, MD, PhD, Nina Agrawal, BA, and Theodore J. Ganley, MD quantified the risks of delaying anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in pediatric patients and found that patients who delayed surgical reconstruction for more than 12 weeks experienced increased risk for irreparable tears and injuries, in addition to the already present ACL injury. Voted on by the AOSSM's Fellowship Committee, awardees receive $1,500.

Cabuad Memorial Award
Given to the best paper researching hard or soft tissue biology, this year's recipients are Braden C. Fleming, PhD, Kurt P. Spindler, MD, Matthew Palmer, BS, Elise Magarian, BS, and Martha M. Murray, MD, for their paper "Collagen-platelet composites improve the biomechanical properties of healing ACL grafts in a porcine model." The paper studied how the application of a collagen-platelet composite to an anterior cruciate ligament graft at the time of surgery was more successful in decreasing knee movement and increasing the structural strength of the graft after 15 weeks of healing compared with a traditional graft. This award is selected by the AOSSM Award
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