AOSSM presents prestigious research awards at annual meeting

July 07, 2014

SEATTLE, WA - 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 10-13 in Seattle, WA. 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:

2014 AOSSM Young Investigators Grant

The Young Investigator Grant (YIG) is specifically designed to support young researchers who have not received prior funding. This year AOSSM selected Perry R. Altman, MD from Beaumont Hospital for his research, "Stem Cell Mobilization and Chemokine-directed Intra-articular Migration of Native Marrow-derived Stem Cells: Acute Phase Treatment to Mitigate Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis Following ACL Rupture," which examines new treatment options for various knee injuries and conditions.

2014 AOSSM Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcomes Research 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 Drew A. Lansdown, MD (UCSF), for "An Evaluation of the Effects of Rotator Cuff Tear Size on the Progression of Fatty Infiltration with a Novel Quantitative MR Imaging Technique," a project aimed to see how the severity of rotator cuff tears can affect long-term health of patients.

2014 AOSSM/Sanofi Biosurgery Osteoarthritis Grant

The third-annual Sanofi Biosurgery Osteoarthritis Grant was awarded to Robert H. Brophy, MD (Washington University), for his research titled "Molecular Profiling of Meniscus and Articular Cartilage in Knees with and without Osteoarthritis to Identify Candidate Genes for Therapeutic Intervention." The research aims to identify potential treatment measures to reduce or eliminate the effects of osteoarthritis. This one-year award of $50,000 supports a lab/basic science project and is chosen by the AOSSM Research Committee.

2014 AOSSM/ConMed Linvatec Research Mentoring Program

AOSSM initiated a research mentoring program in 2012 that will bring together individuals who have shown scientific promise at an early stage of their careers with senior clinician-scientists who have highly successful research programs. The first class of award winners include mentee Alfred Atanda MD (A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children) with mentor Mininder Kocher MD, MPH (Boston Children's Hospital), mentee Cory Edgar MD, PhD (Boston University) with mentor Kurt Spindler MD (Vanderbilt University), and mentee Joseph DeAngelis MD (Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center) with mentor Warren Dunn MD, MPH (University of Wisconsin).

AOSSM/RTI Biologics Three-Year Research Initiative Grant

AOSSM's Research Initiative Grant supports extended research projects with five installments of $50,000 over a three-year period (2013-2015). The latest grant was presented to Alexander Scott PhD to support his ongoing research titled "Intratendinous Injections of Platelet‐poor Plasma, or Platelet-rich Plasma with or without Leukocyte Enrichment for Patellar Tendinopathy: A Multi‐centre, Double‐blind, Randomized Controlled Trial," which explores the use of PRP therapy in treating sports injuries.

Aircast Award for Basic Science

Voted by the AOSSM Fellowship Committee, this year's winning paper is: "The Effect of Dynamic Changes in ACL Graft Force on Soft Tissue ACL Graft-Tunnel Incorporation," from authors Richard Ma MD, Michael Schaer MD, Tina Chen MS, Marco Sisto BS, Clifford Voigt MD, Joseph Nguyen MPH, Lilly Ying VS, Xiang-Hua Deng MD, and Scott A. Rodeo MD.

Aircast Award for Clinical Science

Voted by the AOSSM Fellowship Committee, this year's winning paper is: "Return to Play Following In-Season Anterior Shoulder Instability: A Prospective Multi-Center Study," from authors Jonathan F. Dickens MD, Brett D. Owens MD, Kenneth L. Cameron PhD, MPH, ATC, Kelly G. Kilcoyne MD, C. Dain Allred MD, Steven J. Svoboda MD, Robert T. Sullivan MD, John M. Tokish MD, Karen Y. Peck MEd, ATC, and John Paul H. Rue MD.

Cabaud Memorial Award

Given to the best paper researching hard or soft tissue biology, this award is selected by the AOSSM Awards Subcommittee with awardees receiving $2000. This year's winning paper is: "Does Limited Internal Femoral Rotation Increase Peak ACL Strain During a Simulated Pivot Landing?" Contributing authors to this research include Melanie L. Beaulieu MSc, Youkeun K. Oh PhD, Asheesh Bedi MD, James A. Ashton-Miller PhD, and Edward M. Wojtys MD.

Excellence in Research Award

This award is selected by the AOSSM Awards Subcommittee with principal investigators receiving $2,000. This year's winning paper was from Nicholas I. Kennedy BS, Mary T. Goldsmith MSc, Scott C. Faucett MD, MSc, Garrett A. Coatney, Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD, Coen A. Wijdicks PhD, titled "Posterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Fixation Angles: Biomechanical Evaluation for Single- and Double-Bundle Reconstruction."

O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award.

The 2014 recipients include Rick W. Wright MD, Laura J. Huston MS, Amanda K. Haas MA, Kurt P. Spindler MD, and Sam K. Nwosu MS, on behalf of the MARS Group, for their research titled, "Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Graft Choice Impact on Outcome in the MARS Cohort." This award is given annually to the best overall paper that deals with clinical based research or human in-vivo research. In 2014 it is given to authors: The awardee is selected by the AOSSM Awards Subcommittee with recipients receiving $2,000.

Hughston Award

This year's recipients of the Hughston Award are Mattias Ahldén MD, PhD, Ninni Sernert RPT, PhD, Jón Karlsson MD, PhD, and Juri Kartus MD, PhD, for their paper, "A Prospective Randomized Study Comparing Double- and Single-Bundle Techniques for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. The award, chosen by a panel of AJSM editors and reviewers, is given to the most outstanding paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine and receives $5,000.

AJSM Systematic Review Awards

Jonathan C. Riboh MD, Vic Hasselblad PhD, Jonathan A. Godin MD, and Richard C. Mather III, MD, received this year's award for their paper, "Transtibial Versus Independent Drilling Techniques for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Meta-regression." The Systematic Review award is given to the best systematic review paper submitted to the American Journal of Sports Medicine during a calendar year, as determined by a panel of AJSM editors and reviewers. The award winning authors receive $5,000.

T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper

The winners were selected from the best papers in original research submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The award will include a $2,500 cash prize and a plaque. This year's winner is "Neck Strength Imbalance Correlates With Increased Head Acceleration in Soccer Heading," from authors Zachary D.W. Dezman MD, Eric H. Ledet PhD, and Hamish A. Kerr MD, MSc, FAAP.

T. David Sisk Award for Best Review Paper

This year's recipient is the paper "Muscle Injuries in Athletes: Enhancing Recovery Through Scientific Understanding and Novel Therapies," from Demetris Delos MD, Travis G. Maak MD, and Scott A. Rodeo MD. The winners were selected from the best review papers submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The award will include a $2,500 cash prize and a plaque.

T. David Sisk Award for Best International Paper

The winners were selected from the best international papers submitted to Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The award will include a $2,500 cash prize and plaque. This year's winner of the best international research paper is "A Survey Examining the Correlations Between Japanese Little League Baseball Coaches' Knowledge of and Compliance With Pitch Count Recommendations and Player Elbow Pain," from authors Taiki Yukutake PT, Minoru Yamada PT, PhD, and Tomoki Aoyama MD, PhD.
For more information on AOSSM research projects and awards please visit and click on the "Research" tab.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. For more information on AOSSM or the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, visit or

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