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AOSSM presents prestigious research awards and grants during annual meeting

Grant and Award Announcement

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA - 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 research awards and grants during its Annual Meeting, July 20-23 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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:

2017 Research Grants

The AOSSM Research Committee, comprising more than 20 leading researchers in the field, will announce winners of three grants in support of orthopaedic sports medicine research on Friday, July 21. 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 2017 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. Each recipient receives $1,500 and an award plaque. This year's winning paper in basic science is: "Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Isometry in the Setting of Patella Alta," from authors Nicole Belkin MD, Andrea Spiker MD, Kathleen N. Meyers MS, Joseph Nguyen MPH, and Beth E. Shubin Stein MD.

Fellow Research Award - Clinical 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. Each recipient receives $1,500 and an award plaque. This year's winning paper in clinical science is: "Outcomes of Latarjet versus Distal Tibial Allograft for Anterior Shoulder Instability Repair: A Prospective Matched Cohort Analysis," from authors Rachel M. Frank MD, Anthony A. Romeo MD, Jae Kim MA, Patrick J. O'Donnell MA, Michael O'Brien MA, Jonathan Newgren MA, Nikhil N. Verma MD, Gregory P. Nicholson MD, Brian J. Cole MD, MBA, and Matthew T. Provencher MD.

Cabaud Memorial Award

This award, established in 1986 to honor the life and contributions of Henry Edward ("Ed") Cabaud III, MD, is given annually to the best manuscript submitted that pertains to hard or soft tissue biology, in vitro research, laboratory or "bench-type" research, or in vivo animal research. This year's recipient is Robert F. LaPrade MD, PhD, for his work: "Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma Immediately Post-injury to Accelerate Ligament Healing was not Successful in an In Vivo Animal Model."

Excellence in Research Award

This award is given to the best paper submitted in any category to the Research Awards Committee, and includes a $2,000 honorarium, award certificate, presentation of the paper at the AOSSM Annual Meeting, and consideration for publication in The American Journal of Sports Medicine. This year's winning paper was from Victor Carlson MD, titled, "The Static Distance Between the Tibial Tubercle and Trochlear Groove is a Poor Predictor of Dynamic Lateral Tracking Patterns in Patients with Patellofemoral Pain."

O'Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award

The 2017 recipient is Kurt P. Spindler MD, for research titled, "10-Year Outcomes and Risk Factors after ACL Reconstruction: A Multicenter Cohort Study." This award is named after Don H. O'Donoghue MD, who has been called the Father of Sports Medicine in the United States. His early work on knee injuries led to the development of the subspecialty and started the interest in the care of athletes. It is given annually to the best overall paper that deals with clinical-based research or human in vivo research.

Hughston Award

This year's recipients of the Hughston Award are May Arna Risberg PT, PhD, Britt Elin Oiestad PT, PhD, Ragnhild Gunderson MD, Arne Kristian Aune MD, PhD, Lars Engebretsen MD, PhD, Adam Culvenory PT, PhD, and Inger Holm PT, PhD, for their paper, "Changes in Knee Osteoarthritis, Symptoms, and Function After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A 20-Year Prospective Follow-up Study." The award, named for Jack C. Hughston MD, founder of AJSM and one of the pioneers in sports medicine, is chosen by a panel of AJSM editors and reviewers, and is given to the most outstanding paper published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine during the prior year.

AJSM Systematic Review Award

Diederik P. J. Smeeing MD, Denise J. C. van der Ven MD, Falco Hietbrink MD, PhD, Tim K. Timmers MD, PhD, Mark van Heijl MD, PhD, Moyo C. Kruyt MD, PhD, Rolf H. H. Groenwold MD, PhD, Olivier A. J. van der Meijden MD, PhD, and Roderick M. Houwert MD, PhD, received this year's award for their paper, "Surgical versus Nonsurgical Treatment for Midshaft Clavicle Fractures in Patients Aged 16 Years and Older: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Comparison of Randomized Controlled Trials and Observational Studies." This award is given to the best systematic review paper submitted AJSM during a calendar year, as determined by a panel of editors and reviewers, and was established to encourage submission of high-quality systematic review papers, which add to the current knowledge of sports medicine. The award-winning authors receive $5,000.

Herodicus Award

This award, given annually by the Herodicus Society, recognizes the best resident paper accepted for the AOSSM Annual Meeting Program. The 2017 award was given to Thomas L. Sanders MD, Ayoosh Pareek BS, Timothy E. Hewett PhD, FACSM, Michael J. Stuart MD, Diane L. Dahm MD, and Aaron John Krych MD, for their research, "What is the Natural History of Patellar Dislocation in Skeletally Immature Patients?"

T. David Sisk Awards for Research Excellence

The T. David Sisk Research Awards were established in 2010 to honor the best papers submitted to Sports Health in clinical, laboratory, and international research. The winners receive a $2,500 cash prize and a plaque. The award was named for Dr. Sisk, who was a strong proponent of Sports Health, and served as the Chairman of the AOSSM Medical Publishing Board of trustees at the time when the creation of the new journal was proposed.

T. David Sisk Award for Best Original Research Paper

This year's winners were Dustin A. Greenhill MD, Paul Navo MPH, Huaqing Zhao, PhD, Joseph Torg MD, R. Dawn Comstock PhD, and Barry P. Boden MD, for their study, "Inadequate Helmet Fit Increases Concussion Severity in American High School Football Players."

T. David Sisk Award for Best Review Paper

This year's recipient is the paper, "Sports Specialization, Part II: Alternative Solutions to Early Sport Specialization in Youth Athletes," from Gregory D. Myer PhD, Neeru Jayanthi MD, John P. DiFiori MD, Avery D. Faigenbaum EdD, Adam W. Kiefer PhD, David Logerstedt PhD, and Lyle J. Micheli MD.

T. David Sisk Award for Best International Paper

This year's winner of the best international research paper is, "Intrinsic Risk Factors of Lateral Ankle Sprain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," from authors Takumi Kobayashi PhD, PT, Masashi Tanaka MSc, PT, and Masahiro Shida MSc, PT.

STOP Sports Injuries Award

This award, established in November of 2015, recognizes outstanding research presented at the Annual Meeting related to youth sports injury prevention, treatment, or rehabilitation. Timothy A. McGuine PhD, received the award for, "The Effect of Sport Specialization on Lower Extremity Injury Rates in High School Athletes." The winner is selected by the STOP Sports Injuries Outreach Committee and receives a $1,000 award and plaque.

Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine Awards

AOSSM and the Editorial Board representatives from its partner organizations established these awards in 2015 to recognize the top review paper and original research paper published in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine in the previous year.

2017 William A. Grana Award for Best Original Research

The recipients of this award were Stephen J. Nicholas MD, Steven J. Lee MD, Michael J. Mullaney DPT, Timothy F. Tyler MSPT, ATC, Takumi Fukunaga DPT, ATC, CSCS, Christopher D. Johnson MPT, Malachy P. McHugh PhD, for their research: "Functional Outcomes After Double-Row versus Single-Row Rotator Cuff Repair: A Prospective Randomized Trial."

2017 Douglas W. Brown Award for Best Review Paper

The recipients of this award were Michael J. Anderson MD, William M. Browning III, DO, MS, Christopher E. Urband MD, Melissa A. Kluczynski MS, and Leslie J. Bisson MD, for: "A Systematic Summary of Systematic Reviews on the Topic of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament."


The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is the premier global organization representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of athletes and active people of all ages and levels. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids.

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