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AOSSM and OREF Award Second Multicenter Research Grant

AOSSM announced the award of its second Sports Medicine Multicenter Research Grant in partnership with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) during the AAOS 2023 Annual Meeting. The $400,000 grant was awarded to Jeffrey Nepple, MD, associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His project, 'Optimizing Outcomes of Hip Surgery in Borderline Acetabular Dysplasia,' will utilize a multicenter prospective cohort study to enroll 700 patients undergoing surgical intervention across 30 surgeons.

'The treatment of young adult hip disorders has expanded dramatically in the last 20 years, and research to better understand this population continues to change clinical care in this area,' said Dr. Nepple. 'Prospective multicenter research continues to play a key role in improving our level of evidence to guide the clinical care of patients in the sports medicine and throughout orthopaedics.'

The award is the second given by the Society. The first was granted to the JUPITER project at the 2022 AOSSM Annual Meeting to study patella instability and was announced in honor of the organization’s 50th anniversary.

Research Funding Available Through AOSSM Grants

AOSSM is committed to driving innovation and discovery through high-quality research in the sports medicine field. This aim is supported by our mission, vision, and 2022–2027 Strategic Plan. AOSSM is currently accepting applications for three funding opportunities in basic and clinical research.

Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant

Application Deadline: May 15, 2023

The Steven P. Arnoczky Young Investigator Grant provides up to $40,000 to support clinical and basic science research for early-career principal investigators (up to $80,000 total). This opportunity aims to train early-career surgeons as principal investigators.

Playmaker Grant

Application Deadline: June 3, 2023

Sponsored by the Aircast Foundation the Playmaker Grant aims to advance exploratory projects by providing start-up funding, seed money, bridge/gap funding, or supplemental funding for an ambitious investigative team. Criteria and metrics utilized in the proposed study must be determined by best scientific evidence and designed to improve the understanding of an emerging or novel technology in orthopaedic sports medicine. Studies involving human subjects will receive priority.

AOSSM-JRF Allograft Research Grant

Application Deadline: August 1, 2023

This grant awards up to $50,000 to support a basic science or clinical research project to advance insight into meniscal or osteochondral allografts. Applications must describe a basic science or a clinical research project surrounding viable osteochondral allograft transplantation or meniscus allograft transplantation of the knee. Any investigative team seeking this grant must include at least one member of AOSSM in good standing.

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AOSSM would like to offer a special thanks to the partners whose collaboration made the award possible, including AAOS, OREF, the Aircast Foundation, and the AOSSM Million Dollar Drive, supported by the generosity of AOSSM members.

Lynette Craft, PhD, AOSSM Senior Director of Research and Health Policy; Ben Ma, MD, Chair, AOSSM Research Committee; Dean Taylor, MD, AOSSM President-Elect; Jeffrey Nepple, MD, Washington University; Mark Miller, MD, AOSSM President; Mary Noyes, Aircast Foundation; Ron Sandler, Aircast Foundation; Greg Dummer, CEO, AOSSM
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