ARLINGTON HEIGHTS -- The Plastic Surgery Foundation has been awarded $100,000 by the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation to provide research grants to investigators whose projects are aimed at advancing the science of skin tissue transplantation.
The grants will be administered through The PSF/MTF Dermal Tissue Grant program, a new PSF funding mechanism solely dedicated to the area of research in plastic surgery. It is the second year The PSF and MTF have partnered to provide support for allogeneic (donated) tissue research.
“Our expanded partnership demonstrates The PSF’s and MTF’s commitment to providing high levels of investigator initiated research support to ensure that plastic surgeons have the needed resources to be innovators in advancing the practice of tissue transplantation,” said Kevin Chung, M.D., president of The PSF. “Combining MTF’s mission of providing quality tissues for transplantation, with the strength and integrity of The PSF’s well established research grant programs, has lead to a tremendous partnership that allows us to supply the necessary funding to surgeon scientists conducting significant research in this key area of plastic surgery.”
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to support one-year research projects focused on dermal allografts, transplant science, and the biologic reconstruction of tissues using grafts derived from dermal tissues. All grants will be administered through The PSF. Applications can be downloaded at ThePSF.org. Selected applications will receive funding through The PSF beginning July 1, 2014.
“MTF is pleased to partner with The Plastic Surgery Foundation to further enhance the resources available to plastic surgeons and advance the science and clinical practice of tissue transplantation,” said Bruce Stroever, president of MTF. “MTF has always considered investigator initiated research to be critical to the advancement of clinically relevant technologies. We are confident that this new grant program will not only enhance our understanding of the science behind current technologies but also lead to the development of innovative applications.”
The PSF/MTF Dermal Tissue Grants are a continuation of support provided by MTF for research into this area. This year, The PSF awarded three grants, with support totaling approximately $110,000 from the MTF, to researchers studying donated tissues and their use in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.