The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), offers a $50,000 grant each year for scientific studies of early osteoarthritis/prevention OA progression.
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), offers a $50,000 grant each year for scientific studies of early osteoarthritis/prevention OA progression. The AOSSM is especially interested in funding studies that evaluate potential chondroprotective interventions (i.e., agents that may repair articular cartilage, or at least decelerate its progressive degradation) in animal models of osteoarthritis. Examples of such interventions include stem cells, PRP, and specific growth factors. The AOSSM is also interested in funding studies that use knee joint injury in humans as a model for testing interventions that might improve the outcomes related to cartilage health and OA. For example, an ACL tear often initiates an immediate cascade of pathophysiological responses that can lead to cartilage degradation and eventual OA. Studies that evaluate interventions that could mitigate this pathophysiology soon after injury would be very relevant to this grant. In addition, proposals that seek to identify the factors that cause cartilage injuries to become early osteoarthritis are encouraged as are studies that evaluate imaging of cartilage in early OA.
The grant will be for $50,000 to support either a clinical research study or a lab/basic science project. Projects involving viscosupplementation will not be considered. The deadline for this grant is January 15, 2015. For grant guidelines and additional information, please visit the AOSSM website