OREF Announces 2012 Research Grants, Awards

By: Jean McGuire

Jean McGuire

On Feb. 7, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) announced the recipients of 66 research and education grants and awards totaling $1.8 million. The grants, awards, and recipients are described in the Grants Awarded handout available at the OREF exhibit in Moscone South, Exhibit Level Concourse, and also online at

Research grants and awards funded included the following:

  • One Career Development Grant ($225,000) to Jonathan G. Schoenecker, MD, PhD
  • One Clinical Research Award ($20,000) to Thomas D. Brown, PhD
  • One OREF Prospective Clinical Research Grant ($150,000) to Ara Nazarian, DrSc
  • Seven Research Grants (totaling more than $575,000) to Christina R. Allen, MD; Michele Ghert, MD; Adam S. Hacking, PhD; Michelle A. James, MD; Jason E. Lang, MD; William N. Levine, MD; and Chao Xie, MD
  • Eight Young Investigator Grants ($50,000 each) to Paul R. Kuzyk, MD; Carol A. Lin, MD; Shen-Ying (Richard) Ma, MD; Michael J. Monument, MD; Frank A. Petrigliano, MD; Phinit Phisitkul, MD; Ran Schwarzkopf, MD; and David W. Shearer, MD
  • One Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society/OREF/DePuy Career Development Grant in Women’s Musculoskeletal Health ($45,000) to Tamara D. Rozental, MD
  • 10 Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grants (totaling $170,000) to Tom Chao, MD; Antonia F. Chen, MD; Anny C-S. Hsu, MD; Nikolas J. Kazmers, MD; Benjamin A. McArthur, MD; Lionel Metz, MD; Roman M. Natoli, MD, PhD; Verena M. Schreiber, MD; Adam S. Wilson, MD; and Sarah Yannascoli, MD
  • Fifteen OREF/DePuy Orthopaedic Resident Research Project Grants totaling $75,000
  • Seven Resident Research Project Grants totaling $32,000
  • Six Educational Grants totaling $76,500
  • Two OREF/Current Concepts in Joint Replacement Clinical Practice Awards totaling $4,000

OREF received 250 research grant applications requesting $13.4 million in funding. In November 2011, OREF’s Peer Review Committee volunteers evaluated the scientific merit of each application through a rigorous peer-review process modeled after the National Institutes of Health. The applications were then ranked, and funding decisions were made by the Research Grants Committee.

OREF’s board of trustees congratulates the 2012 grant recipients. A complete listing of OREF’s awardees—including graduate medical education fellowships and residency enhancement grants funded through OREF’s Clinical Development Program—will be available in late February.

Learn more
For more information about any of these grants, OREF Propsective Clinical Research Grants in Spine Care (proposals due Mar. 8), or to sign up for OREF’s eMinder service to be notified as news develops on additional grants and awards, visit

Jean McGuire, OREF vice president, grants, may be reached at