TOBI Faculty Dr. Gerry Malanga, MD, Awarded Research Grant to Treat Active-Duty Military Personnel

Apr 18

TOBI Faculty Dr. Gerry Malanga, MD, Awarded Research Grant to Treat Active-Duty Military Personnel

Congratulations TOBI Faculty Gerry Malanga, for the new research grant you and your team were awarded to Treat Active-Duty Military Personnel.

Dr. Gerard Malanga, MD, Dr. Trevor Dyson-Hudson, MD, Dr. Nathan Hogaboom, PhD, received a $590,000 award from the Geneva Foundation for the use of Autologous Micro-Fragmented Adipose Tissue to Treat Meniscal Injuries in Active-Duty Military Personnel.

Knee injuries are common among active-duty military personnel. One of the most common knee injuries is a meniscus tear, which can have several consequences. Immediately, the soldier may be separated from the military for over one year or assigned a permanent activity limiting duty profile. Over time, meniscal tears may also increase the risk of other knee injuries, such as osteoarthritis, which is one of the most common medical reasons for discharge from active duty service.

The current standard of care includes conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and rest. Once conservative treatments fail, surgery is generally the next option. However, there is limited evidence that surgery is effective and some studies suggest it can accelerate the development of osteoarthritis.

The goal of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of a regenerative treatment for meniscal tears, termed micro-fragmented adipose tissue, in reducing pain and restoring activity levels. We will recruit active-duty military personnel and civilians with meniscal tears and provide them with either the adipose tissue treatment or a control treatment consisting of saline. We will then follow these individuals for up to one year and evaluate differences in pain and function between the two groups. The ultimate goal is to show that micro-fragmented adipose tissue is a viable alternative for the treatment of meniscal tears in active-duty military personnel.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Gerry Malanga back to TOBI X 2019 in Chicago to share his work. In addition Military and physicians can attend TOBI free with the Dr. Victor Ibrahim Memorial Orthobiologic Scholarship. See details here: https://www.tobiconference.com/students-military-underserved/

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