Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Announces Research Program Expansion

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

We are pleased to announce a significant expansion to the COF research program. Thanks in large part to a transformational donation by Zimmer Biomet, and additional support from DePuy Synthes Canada, we are able to fund more awards than ever before.

Through the 2016 research competition, the Board of Directors approved funding for two special awards; The Carroll A. Laurin and Robert B. Salter Awards are presented for the first time since 2007. In addition, the Board approved a total of six CORL awards; and the J. Édouard Samson Award has been doubled in value, to $30,000 to underscore the importance of this prestigious award. All will be presented at the COA AGM in Ottawa on June 16, 2017.

Award recipients are:

J. Édouard Samson Award:
    Dr. George S. Athwal (London, ON) – “The Biomechanical Assessment of Complex Shoulder Instability”

2016 Carroll A. Laurin Award:
    Dr. Sasha Carsen (Ottawa, ON) – “Determining the role of physical activity in the development of hip impingement morphology in adolescents during the final stages of skeletal maturation”

2016 Robert B. Salter Award:
    Dr. Aaron Nauth (Toronto, ON) – “The Use of Autologous Endothelial Progenitor Cells (EPCs) for the Healing of a Bone Defect in a Large Animal Model: A Comparison with Iliac Crest Bone Graft”

2016 CORL Awards:

    Dr. Ryan Bicknell (Kingston, ON) – “A Study of the Trabecular Bone Density Distribution in the Scapula Relevant to Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty”

    Dr. Anthony Cooper (Vancouver, BC) – “Development of a Patient Reported Quality of Life Questionnaire for Children with Lower Limb Deformities”

    Dr. Paul A. Martineau (Montreal, QC) – “Bone repair in response to mast cell immunotherapy”

    Dr. Bill Ristevski (Hamilton, ON) – “DRIVSAFE – Distraction on the Road Injury eValuation in Surgery and FracturE clinics”
    Dr. Marlis Sabo (Calgary, AB) – “Intersection of Catastrophizing, Mood Disorders, and Gender in Rotator Cuff Surgical Patients: A Prospective Exploratory Study”
    Dr. Emil Schemitsch (London, ON) – “DECIPHER: Determinants of Clinically Important Outcomes following Proximal Humerus Fractures in the Elder Population: A National Cohort”

As well, the COF is introducing a new community innovation awards program. Competition details will be available in May and the first awards will be given out in Fall 2017.

The expanded research program is supported by the COF’s Powering Pain Free Movement campaign, a major gifts campaign launched in January 2016. Dr. Marvin Tile, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, and Orthopaedics Surgeon at Sunnybrook HSC, leads the campaign as COF patron. He says, “In the first year of our campaign, we have made remarkable progress towards achieving our goals. With the support of industry leaders and surgeons as campaign partners, we have been able to register significant growth in research funding. We know that Canadian surgeons have much to contribute in the global orthopaedic research arena, and our funding partners have enabled the COF to support those Canadian researchers. At the same time, they are helping to ensure that we’re able to provide educational resources and care for thousands of orthopaedic patients. Most importantly, Powering Pain Free Movement partners are contributing to a vibrant, world-class Foundation.”

To learn more about the Powering Pain Free Movement program and its partners, visit