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Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Announces 2015 Research Grant Recipients

April 9, 2015 —The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) announces the recipients of its 2015 Research Grants.  Since 1987 the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation has been at the forefront of tissue research, with about $40 million awarded through 2014. MTF anticipates awarding close to $2 million in grants and awards in the 2015 calendar year. The 2015 grant recipients are as follows:

PEER REVIEW – ESTABLISHED INVESTIGATOR

Clark Hung, Ph.D., Columbia University New York, Local Dexamethasone Delivery for Osteochondral Grafting, $300,000

Eric Ledet, Ph.D., Rensselaer Institute, Enhancing Interbody Allograft Loading to Facilitate Spinal Fusion, $299,329

Chia Soo, M.D., Regents of the University of California, Allograft/DBM use in Infected Bone Regeneration When Combined with Silver Nanoparticles and BMP2, $300,000

J.R. NEFF AWARD

Jie Song, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, Resorbable Osteoinductive and Osteoconductive Artificial Periosteal Membrane for Augmenting Cortical Bone Allograft Healing, $300,000

PEER REVIEW – JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR

Beth Bragdon, Ph.D., Boston University (BUMC), Defining the Tissue Origin of DBM Responsive Skeletogenic Stem Cells, $100,000

Syam Nukavarapu, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center, Rapid and Effective Revitalization of Bone Allografts at the Point of Care, $100,000

W.F. ENNEKING CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Phillipp Leucht, M.D., Ph.D., NYU Langone Medical Center, Embryonic Origin and Hox Status Effects Osteoprogenitor Cell Behavior During Adult Bone Repair, $300,000

OREF AWARD

Aaron James, M.D., UCLA, Combining NELL-1 and Sonic Hedgehog Signaling for Improved Bone Regeneration, $100,000

HERNDON AWARDS

Austin Ramme, M.D., Ph.D., NYU School of Medicine, Subchondral Bone Microdamage: A New Therapeutic Target for PTOA Prevention Following ACL Injury, $20,000

Debbie Yen-Dai Dang, M.D., Ph.D., UCSF, Interactions between Cadherin 11 and B-Catenin During Fracture Healing,$20,000

For more information on how you can apply for a research grant, contact Jeffrey Cartmell, Ph.D., Associate Director, Intellectual Property & Grants (732-661-2151, Jeffrey Cartmell, Ph.D.), or go to the MTF website (www.MTF.org).