The Patellofemoral Foundation gratefully thanks all those who have supported the Foundation's efforts over this past year, and extends special thanks to the Ronald Grelsamer Family (in memory of Ron's father Philippe); Smith and Nephew Endoscopy; Kinamed; Hartman Newspapers; The Alfred Trillat Fund courtesy of Philippe Neyret and associates (Lyon, France); and DJ Ortho for their exceptional support in 2009.
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Once again the Patellofemoral Foundation has generously supported the efforts of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) to encourage research and expertise in the field of patellofemoral disorders. The Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award for 2009 has been won by C. Benjamin Ma and his colleagues Choongsoo Shin, Dana Carpenter and Sharmila Majumdar from the USA for their investigation of patellofemoral joint kinematics in anterior cruciate ligament deficient and reconstructed knees. The award consists of an honorarium whereby the research was presented at the Biennial ISAKOS meeting in Osaka, Japan and may be published in the Arthroscopy journal. For both this award and the Travelling Fellowship Awards, the number and quality of applications has increased substantially compared to two years ago, reflecting the success of the Patellofemoral Foundation in encouraging research and interest in disorders of the patellofemoral joint. ISAKOS is very grateful for the ongoing support of the Foundation. — Julian Feller FRACS Chair, ISAKOS Knee Committee
Established in 1987, Kinamed designs and manufactures implantables and instruments for orthopedics and neurosurgery. Kinamed recently made a generous three-year pledge of support to the Patellofemoral Foundation. Support from Kinamed and all our donors is vital to our ability to fund innovation, research, education and awareness of patellofemoral disease. To become a Patellofemoral Foundation supporter, click here.
The Patellofemoral Foundation's Board of Directors recently approved an affiliation with the Yale University Library to initiate a web-based Patellofemoral Resource Center, to be developed with the help of the Yale University Medical Library and the under the guidance of Dr. Peter Jokl, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale. Dr. Tony Schepsis will oversee a video library component that is currently being developed.
PFF has established close working relationships with the International Society of Arthorscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the International Patellofemoral Study Group (IPSG) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).
Pictured: Board Members Left-Right: Philippe Neyret, M.D., Eric Dahlinger, M.D, Jack Bert, M.D. (incoming president of AANA) Peter Jokl M.D., Jack Farr, M.D., John Fulkerson, M.D, Eric Jania, and Anthony Schepsis, M.D.
Patellofemoral Foundation Board of Directors meeting with Jack Bert, incoming president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), in San Francisco on March 6, 2008. The Board of Directors welcomed Jack Bert, incoming president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America(AANA), to the meeting and discussed a strategic alliance of the PFF with AANA to promote education of orthopedic surgeons about the patellofemoral joint. A proposal regarding this relationship was submitted to the AANA Board of Directors At its Board of Directors meeting April 2008, The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) approved a formal relationship with the Patellofemoral Foundation (PFF) as a way of fostering and promoting patellofemoral research and education.
The shared goal is to foster and promote more and better education for AANA members regarding patellofemoral problems, as these can be complex and difficult to treat at times. PFF hopes to help AANA assume a leadership role worldwide in patellofemoral education, particularly as anterior knee pain (AKA patellofemoral pain) is very common among athletes and workers, as well as the elderly.