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Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Announces 2016 Research Grant Recipients

Edison, NJ, May 23, 2016— The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) announces the recipients of its 2016 Extramural Research Grants. Since 1987 the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation has been at the forefront of tissue research, with about $30 million awarded through 2015. MTF anticipates awarding close to $2 million in grants and awards in the 2016 calendar year. The 2016 grant recipients are as follows:

J.R. NEFF AWARD

Zvi Schwartz, D.M.D., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Stem Cell Interactions with Decellularized Muscle Allografts for Replacement of Large Defects, $264,000

PEER REVIEW – ESTABLISHED INVESTIGATOR

Jeffrey Gimble, M.D., Ph.D., Tulane University, Decellularized Adipose Extracellular Matrix for Critical Sized Cranial Defect Repair, $264,000

Julie Glowacki, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Effect of MMS350, A Novel Antioxidant/Antiapoptotic Agent, on Osteoinduction by Demineralized Bone Implants in Rats, $200,000

J. Patrick O’Connor, Ph.D., Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School, Evaluation of Zinc Salts for Preparation of Allograft, $248,291

Ming Pei, Ph.D., West Virginia University, Allogeneic Matrix Mediated Cartilage Reconstruction, $264,000

PEER REVIEW – JUNIOR INVESTIGATOR

Akishige Hokugo, D.D.S., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Bone Regeneration using Chemotactic Smart Scaffold, $94,645

Kristofer Jones, M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Biomechanical Evaluation of Lateral Femoral Condylar Allografts for Large Focal Cartilage Defects of the Medial Femoral Condyle, $100,000

Jae-Hyuck Shim, Ph.D., Cornell University, Promoting Skeletal Healing Through the Schnurri-3 Pathway, $100,000

Kenneth Urish, M.D., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, Biofilm Dynamics on Infected Bone Allograft, $100,000

OREF AWARD

Yufeng Dong Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Mesenchymal Stem Cell Sheet-Mediated Allograft Repair, $100,000

HERNDON AWARDS

Alexander B. Christ, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, Targeting Skeletal Metastases Using a Novel HPMA Copolymer Nanomedicine Delivery System, $20,000

Gregory D. Schroeder, M.D., Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, The Effect of Cytokine Levels on the Clinical Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Anterior Discectomy and Fusion, $20,000

MSTS AWARD

Nicholas Bernthal, M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, Modified Antimicrobal Coatings to Prevent Allograft Infection, $100,000

PSF AWARD

Jeremy Goverman, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Perfusion Decellularized Skin Flap as a Dermo-Epidermal Scaffold, $50,000

Wensheng Zhang, Ph.D, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, Biopatterned DermaMatrix to Induce Islet Cell Allograft Tolerance, $50,000

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@mtf.org), or go to the MTF website (www.MTF.org).