News Updates

AFSH President’s Message

I would like to thank all of the ASSH members, corporate partners, and Hand Clubs who participated in the 25th Anniversary campaign and especially the ASSH Presidential line and Council for their tremendous support and generosity in making it a great success.

2017 OREF Grant Cycle Now Open
June 17, 2016
OREF is now accepting applications for individual research grants addressing issues in the field of orthopaedics.
Call for AFSH Board of Trustee Vice Chair Applications
June 15, 2016
The AFSH Nominating Committee is now soliciting qualified candidates to serve as Vice Chair on the AFSH Board of Trustees. & The AFSH seeks candidates with a diverse range of professional and volunteer experience. & Candidate attributes can include, but are not limited to, previous service on a nonprofit board, fundraising and development experience and past leadership in ASSH/AFSH activities. & Deadline to apply is August 15, 2016.
Urgent Call for Funding: Proposed Touching Hands Project Mission to Honduras
June 14, 2016
The ASSH Touching Hands Project (THP) team performed 122 procedures during our March 2016 trip to Honduras. We are incredibly proud of that work, but a follow-up trip is crucial. THP is the only group that has brought upper extremity outreach to Ruth Paz Hospital, and there are no physicians in the area trained to administer the follow up care that these patients desperately need. & The people of Honduras suffer from upper extremity injuries that can result from high amounts of violence in their country. In addition, Honduras has no hand surgeons and is lacking a stable infrastructure. It is a poor country that needs assistance from our surgeons.
Council Announces Annual Meeting Scholarship Donation Match
June 3, 2016
Last week, ASSH Council gathered for its mid-year board meeting and we are proud to announce a new partnership with the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand.&
Your Dollars at Work - Education Year in Review
May 19, 2016
2015 Education Programs Highlights 
Learn more about the accomplishments of the Hand Foundation and how your dollars were put to work last year.  View the 2015 AFSH Annual Report.

The “Teaching Hands” education fund was designed to support educational initiatives serving ASSH members, residents, and fellows.  This fund will help finance new projects as well as expand on existing educational programs.  Education dollars are used to support the Innovation in Education grants program, Annual Meeting Traveling Scholarships, A. Lee Osterman Excellence in Education award, and more.

Follow THP in Bolivia
May 16, 2016
Touching Hands Project  volunteers Robin Neil Kamal, MD and Erin Thomas, OTR/L, CHT arrived in La Paz, Bolivia on Saturday with the ReSurge International team.
Young Investigators urged to apply for USBJI Career Development and Grant Mentoring Program
May 16, 2016

The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada are dedicated to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases.  The USBJI has developed a grant mentoring program to provide early-career investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.  The next workshop is scheduled to take place November 4-6, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario.

Your Dollars at Work - Research Year in Review
May 13, 2016
Did you know, in 2015 alone, the AFSH awarded $461,00 for clinical and basic science research grants and awards.  Under the ASSH Research Division Director, Kevin C. Chung, MD, MS, we continue to strengthen and expand our research program.
AFSH Funded Grant Receives Perfect Score: $3,851,270 for NIH R01 Application
May 5, 2016

In 2009, the AFSH awarded Christopher J. Got, MD a $16,000 Basic Science Grant for his project on, “Utilization of Computed Tomography to Evaluate the Mechanics of the First CMC Joint during Dynamic Loading.”  This project was under the mentorship of Arnold-Peter C. Weiss, MD and Joseph J. Crisco, PhD.  This grant provided the seed funding necessary to develop the project which led to a 2011-2016 National Institutes of Health R01 grant of $3,222,000 on Thumb CMC Biomechanics and Early OA Progression.  Dr. Weiss recently notified the ASSH that his lab with Dr. Crisco at Brown/Rhode Island Hospital along with the lab of Amy L. Ladd, MD at Stanford (a multi-center project), had just received a continuation grant from the NIH which received a perfect 1.0 score!  The 2016 NIH R01 grant was awarded $3,851,270 to continue the project.  Dr. Weiss wrote, “As is rather obvious, the AFSH/ASSH research grant efforts can have profound benefit.”