Bonassar recipient of the ORS 2023 Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Award

Dr. Lawence J. Bonassar, the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor in the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering and the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, has been announced as the recipient of the Orthopaedic Research Society 2023 Outstanding Achievement in Mentoring Award.

Andarawis-Puri and Rodeo awarded Cornell Engineering SPROUT Award to study tendon injuries

Nelly Andarawis-Puri (PI), Scott Rodeo (Co-I), Cindy Leifer (Co-I), Nozomi Nishimura (Co-I); Iwijn De Vlaminck (Co-I) have been awarded a $75,000 Cornell Engineering Sprout Award to study tendon injuries. Cornell Engineering Sprout Awards provide seed funding to support teams of investigators pursuing novel research at the intersection of multiple fields with a goal of being able to submit the work to outside funding agencies.

The proposed studies are to determine the damage component that is lacking in sub-rupture injuries to mount the necessary inflammatory response by using precise laser ablation to differentiate between the effect of matrix micro-rupture and cellular necrosis. They also utilize cell-free RNA profiling of different tendon injuries in their mouse injury model and in human samples to make a leap towards managing each injury based on its environment. This first aspect alone is highly impactful because of the potential clinical translation of precisely employed laser ablation to promote healing of overuse tendon injuries. In addition, the search for biomarkers that are indicative of onset of tendon injuries has been an unattainable target. The investigative team is uniquely positioned to identify circulating cell-free RNA signatures of different tendon injuries, and test the findings in human subjects, thereby pioneering a non-invasive mechanism to diagnose onset of tendon injuries to tailor treatment.

Congratulations to Sean Kim, PhD candidate in the Bonassar Lab

Congratulations to Sean Kim, PhD candidate in the Bonassar Lab, for winning an Orthopaedic Research Society Spine Section Innovation Award for his work on finite element modeling of bioresorbable cages for tissue engineered intervertebral discs at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and Philadelphia Spine Research Society (PSRS) 6th International Spine Research Symposium.

Sean Kim, PhD candidate in the Bonassar Lab

HSS welcomes students from University of Twente

On September 27 a group of students from the University of Twente participating in the Wahweenga Study Tour of the US and Canada visited HSS. The aim of the tour is to investigate state-of-the-art medical technologies in countries that are leaders in the global biomedical field. The students participated in a series of presentations by HSS researchers about cartilage, topics related to lower extremities and implant longevity. The students also learned about CAMEO’s collaborations between HSS and Cornell and toured a number of the hospital’s research facilities.