The Division of Orthopaedic Research at the University of Cincinnati is to allow for critical and methodical thinking in both clinical and basic science research. The division’s mission is to design and conduct high quality hypothesis–driven research in orthopaedics. The use of our own University Orthopaedic Educational and Research Fund (UOREF), chaired by Dr. Peter Stern, MD, has financially assisted many of the past research projects. Recently, we have hired a full-time research assistant to help in the development of these projects. This infrastructure has allowed our division to support several medical student summer projects each year. Currently, we are developing collaborative relationships with the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati, and the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri. We require all orthopaedic residents at the University of Cincinnati to complete a research project to be presented towards the end of their residency at the annual Resident’s Thesis Day during the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s D. J. Frank Visiting Professorship.
Clinical related research has been a major focus of our resident research projects. Each project is mentored by a member of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati. Quarterly research meetings are scheduled with our research committee to assist in the completion of these projects. Recent projects have included topics in hand, spine, trauma, sports medicine and shoulder, and joint reconstruction. There have also been several pediatric related clinical studies with our residents’ involvement from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center. More recently, the section of Musculoskeletal Trauma has developed award winning active databases to construct excellent outcomes research.
Much of our basic science research has focused on gait analysis following injury to the musculoskeletal system and in preventive measures for anterior cruciate ligament tears. Our Division of Sports Medicine has been awarded the 2004 O’Donoghue Award from the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine for their work in ACL injury prevention in the female athlete. More recent work has been in articular cartilage matrix metabolism in osteoarthritis, the promotion of soft tissue healing to bone, and biomechanical evaluations of the shoulder joint.
The Division of Orthopaedic Research is fortunate and proud to collaborate with many different dedicated clinicians and scientists that help us reach our mission. These efforts have allowed us to develop superior education for future clinicians in orthopaedic surgery. Furthermore, it has promoted orthopaedic research that pursues "cutting edge" techniques in order to deliver a higher quality of care for our patients with musculoskeletal disorders.