News Updates

Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants
June 22, 2017

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has provided a handy page titled Tips for New NIH Grant Applicants on the NIH website.

Annual Meeting Scholarship Donation MATCH!
May 25, 2017
The American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand is excited to announce a new matching donation opportunity.  The AFSH will match all individual donations, up to $20,000 for any donation directed to the Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarship Fund between now and June 23, 2017.  Dollar for dollar your donation will be matched, doubling your contribution! Donate now at
US Bone and Joint Initiative Young Investigators Grant Writing Workshop Report
By Christopher Dy, MD, MPH
The ASSH is proud to have sponsored one of its young members, Dr. Christopher Dy, from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine for the USBJI Young Investigators Initiative (USBJI Yii) grant writing workshop. The workshop took place over May 19-21, 2017 in Rosemont, IL, and is an opportunity for early career investigators to develop the skills for writing competitive grants to funding agencies, including the NIH and CIHR. The Fall Session workshop will take place November 10-12, 2017, in Toronto, Canada. To be considered for ASSH sponsorship, submit your c.v. and letter of interest to [email protected] by June 15, 2017. 
Call for Applications - Join the AFSH Board of Trustees!
May 9, 2017

The AFSH nominating committee is now accepting applications for the AFSH Vice President and AFSH Trustee-at-Large positions.  Application deadline is July 24, 2017.

Pay it Forward: Support the Green Mentorship Award Fund
April 17, 2017


David P. Green, MD has influenced countless surgeons, young and old, through his tireless teaching and mentoring. He has done this with his residents and fellows, his colleagues, and just about anyone who has ever opened Green’s Operative Hand Surgery. Of all of his accomplishments, he is most proud of those people that he has been able to teach and mentor. This award is meant to recognize other hand surgeons who have similarly invested in the professional and personal development of students and young surgeons.

New Grant Opportunity: OREF Clinical Research Grant in Cellular Therapy
April 3, 2017
OREF, in partnership with the National Stem Cell Foundation, is pleased to announce it is now soliciting Letters of Intent (LOI) for the OREF Clinical Research Grant in Cellular Therapy in honor of James Urbaniak, MD, in Collaboration with the National Stem Cell Foundation (NSCF). The grant will provide up to $800,000 over a three-year period and is the largest grant ever offered by OREF.

AFSH Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator
March 10, 2017

AFSH's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

OREF/CCJR Clinical Practice Award
March 10, 2017
Apply by March 20, 2017 for a OREF/CCJR Clinical Practice Award.  Manuscripts are being solicited for completed investigations focusing on the following topics: health care policy, clinical outcomes, or translational research that has immediate clinical impact in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Two awards of $2,000 each will be given, provided manuscripts of requisite quality are submitted.
1,066 Research Studies: A Musculoskeletal Milestone
February 17, 2017

At the outset of the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade in 2002, professional societies and patient advocacy organizations estimated that musculoskeletal research represented a significantly small proportion of all health research despite the prevalence of bone and joint disorders in America.  As one key reason, they cited too few clinicians treating patients with these disorders willing to pursue a career in research.  The solution: Experienced researchers involved in the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD) developed the Young Investigators Initiative. Today that program has led to 1,066 new musculoskeletal research studies by 202 newly-funded investigators. Funding for these studies totals almost $270 million.

A Message from the Research Division Director
February 17, 2017
The ASSH is seeking qualified peer reviewers to join the Research Management Committee to evaluate, to critique, and to identify high-quality research projects for potential grant support.  Committee members are selected for their subject matter expertise, their experience with the grants / award process, and their ability to evaluate objectively the quality and potential of a study submission.  

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