Research performed at Maimonides Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery recently won an award for best basic science research at the at the Brooklyn and Long Island chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Brooklyn Surgical Society. This groundbreaking research evaluated the use of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) added to a collagen scaffold to help with tendon healing. The ultimate goal of the research is to use biological augmentation in flexor tendon repairs so that early mobilization programs can be utilized. The results showed that adding CTGF to a wound gap led to improved cellular healing, proliferation and angiogenesis. Ultimately this research can lead to stronger repairs of flexor tendons that will improve patient outcome after these devastating injuries. the researchers Kevin Kang M.D., Jinny Jacob MS and Jack choueka M.D. are to be congratulated for their efforts in winning this prestigious award.
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