SAN DIEGO, CA – To recognize and encourage cutting-edge research in key areas of orthopaedic sports medicine, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) will present research awards and grants during its Annual Meeting, July 5-8 in San Diego. As a leader in orthopaedic sports medicine, AOSSM annually provides more than $300,000 to research initiatives and projects around the country. Highlights of this year’s recipients include:
2018 Research Grants
The AOSSM Research Committee, comprising more than 20 leading researchers in the field, will select winners of three grants in support of orthopaedic sports medicine research on Friday, July 6th. These include:
Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant
The Young Investigator Grant (YIG) is specifically designed to support young researchers who have not received prior funding, and is supported by individual giving to the Society. The grant includes amounts of up to $50,000 aimed at providing “seed money,” or start-up funds, for pilot projects. The principal investigator must be an early career orthopaedic surgeon, fellow, or resident with interests in sports medicine research.
Sandy Kirkley Grant
The late Dr. Sandy Kirkley was a passionate advocate for well-conducted randomized controlled trials to evaluate the efficacy of interventions in orthopaedic sports medicine. To honor the memory and spirit of Dr. Kirkley, AOSSM established a $20,000 grant that provides start-up, “seed,” or supplemental funding for an outcome research project or pilot study. One grant will be awarded during the 2018 Annual Meeting.
AOSSM/Sanofi Osteoarthritis Grant
AOSSM, in partnership with Sanofi, offers a research grant program to fund investigations related to early osteoarthritis (OA) and/or prevention of OA progression. This grant reflects the growing recognition of the importance of osteoarthritis within sports medicine and orthopaedics. The grant will be for $50,000 to support either a clinical research study or a lab/basic science project.
Fellow Research Award – Basic Science
The Fellow Research Award, formerly the Aircast Award, is determined by the AOSSM Fellowship Committee. The award is given to the best papers in clinical and basic science submitted by a sports medicine fellow. This year’s winning paper in basic science is: “Influence of Naproxen, Age and Body Mass Index on the Biological Composition of Leukocyte Rich Platelet-Rich Plasma: A Prospective, Therapeutic, Cohort Study,” from Sandeep Mannava MD, PhD, Kaitlyn E. Whitney BS, Jillian King BS, Mitchell Kennedy BS, Katarina Klett, Grant Dornan MSc, Jorge Chahla MD, PhD, Thos A. Evans MD, Johnny Huard PhD, and Robert F. LaPrade MD, PhD.