RETURN TO MAIN SITE ISSUE No.3  JANUARY 2009  ARCHIVE
The Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine
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In this issue:
GROWTH IN CLINICAL/TRANSLATIONAL PROGRAMS


Roman Hayda Joins Brown University and the Center
Roman Hayda, MD (COL, USA MC, Ret.), has joined the Department of Orthopaedics at Brown University. He will be working with the Center to develop referral orthopaedic services at the Providence VA Medical Center focusing on advanced surgical and prosthetic reconstructive techniques after severe limb trauma.

Center Opens New Gait and Motion Laboratory
The Center's new gait and motion laboratory, under the direction of Susan D'Andrea, PhD, will focus initially on lower extremity kinematics, characterization of disabilities, and quantification of responses to treatment with the goal of improving evidence-based clinical decision making in trauma.

Groundbreaking for Center Rehabilitation Research Facility
On November 21, 2008, the Center held its groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rehabilitation Research Building on the main campus of the Providence VA Medical Center. The approximately 18,000 sq. ft. facility will allow the Center to share administrative and program resources.


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Headshot of Roman Hayda, MD Roman Hayda, MD
(COL, USA MC, Ret.)


Co-director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Rhode Island Hospital, Brown University Department of Orthopaedics

 

 

Roman Hayda Joins Brown University and the Center

Roman Hayda, MD (COL, USA MC, Ret.), has joined the Department of Orthopaedics at Brown University. He will be working with the Center to develop referral orthopaedic services at the Providence VA Medical Center focusing on advanced surgical and prosthetic reconstructive techniques after severe limb trauma, including the role of elective amputation. He has an interest in developing evidence-based guidelines for trauma care using quantitive assessment of outcomes in the gait and motion laboratory.

Dr. Hayda is the former Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Brooke Army Medical Center. He is an investigator in the Military Extremity Trauma Amputation and Limb Salvage study (METALS), a database for injured soldiers. He is an active member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA, the Society of Military Surgeons (SOMOS), and the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons (AAOS). He is a recipient of several awards including the Legion of Merit, Army Commendation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

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Headshot of Susan D'Andrea, PhD Susan D'Andrea, PhD

Director, The Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine

 

 

Center Opens New Gait and Motion Laboratory

The Center's new gait and motion laboratory, under the direction of Susan D'Andrea, PhD, will focus initially on lower extremity kinematics, characterization of disabilities, and quantification of responses to treatment with the goal of improving evidence-based clinical decision making in trauma.

Four projects are underway. (1) Quantitative assessment of gait and motion in lower extremity injury and treatment to establish a predictive measure of functional recovery of severe limb trauma - the importance of outcomes studies. (2) Development of a reliable stumble detection system for artificial limbs to allow computer controlled prostheses with active stumble recovery strategies to improve safety for individuals with lower extremity prosthetics. (3) Analyzing the world's first powered ankle-foot prosthesis. (4) In collaboration with Elizabeth Brainerd, PhD, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown, and Daniel Lieberman, PhD, of the Department of Anthropology at Harvard, real time, in vivo fluoroscopic imaging technology and animation will be used to determine the relative motion among foot bones during stance and walking. Other projects under discussion are gait analysis of osteoarthritis and integration of motion analysis with virtual reality.

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graphic drawing of a VR and Motion Analysis System Virtual Reality and Motion Analysis Systems

Rehabiltation and assessment of lower limb prosthetics in a virtual reality motion detection system.

Image courtesy of Motek.







 

 

Groundbreaking for Center Rehabilitation Research Facility

On November 21, 2008, the Center held its groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rehabilitation Research Building on the main campus of the Providence VA Medical Center.

The VA Under Secretary for Health, Michael J. Kussman, MD, gave the keynote address, highlighting the Center's work in partnership with Brown University to revolutionize health care for patients with limb trauma. This facility will allow the Center to house its administrative group, clinical and translational rehabilitation research programs, and regenerative medicine laboratories all in one facility. The structure will consist of approximately 18,000 sq. ft. with space for neurorehabilitation, outcomes assessment, gait and motion laboratory, regenerative medicine laboratories, and PTSD research. The building will allow the Center to effectively share resources and stimulate interactive clinical and translational relationships, particularly among clinicians involved in the long term care of patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Projects include robotic-assisted rehabilitation including neurology and orthopaedics rehabilitation; outcomes assessment including objective gait and motion studies and virtual reality; and social reintegration with quantitative assessment tools.

Also in attendance at the ceremony were Senator Jack Reed, Representative James Langevin; VACO Director for RR&D, Michael Selzer; VISN 1 Network Director, Michael Mayo-Smith; PVAMC Director, Vincent Ng; PVAMC Assoc. Director, William Burney; Assoc. Chief of Staff/Research, Robert Swift; Brown University Associate Provost, Pamela O'Neil; and Center Directors, Roy K. Aaron, and Deborah McK. Ciombor.

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The Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine is a Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Center of Excellence, and a Center at Brown University.
Newsletter Editor: Meg Case, PhD, Editorial and Education Manager, Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine.

This newsletter will be published on an occasional basis announcing milestones in research, Center events, and related news. We invite submissions from all Center Investigators. Please send comments/suggestions to MCase@lifespan.org


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