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Grants We Funded

In 2019, The Plastic Surgery Foundation (The PSF) awarded 33 investigator-initiated projects and allocated $891,274 to support the newest, clinically relevant research in plastic surgery.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons/PSF leadership is committed to continuing to provide high levels of investigator-initiated research support to ensure that plastic surgeons have the needed research resources to be pioneers and innovators in advancing the practice of medicine.

Research Abstracts

Search The PSF database to have easy access to full-text grant abstracts from past PSF-funded research projects 2003 to present. All abstracts are the work of the Principal Investigators and were retrieved from their PSF grant applications. Several different filters may be applied to locate abstracts specific to a particular focus area, or PSF funding mechanism.

The Effects of Carbamylated Erythropoietin on Peripheral Nerve Regeneration

Principal Investigator
Paul Afrooz MD


University of Pittsburgh

Funding Mechanism
Basic Research Grant

Focus Area
Peripheral Nerve

The overall purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of carbamylated erythropoietin (CEPO) for its effect on nerve regeneration and function after peripheral nerve injury and delayed repair. Erythropoietin has been shown to profoundly improve nerve regeneration after injury in the central and peripheral nervous system, however, its hematopoietic potential poses the risk of unwanted thrombotic events. We hypothesize, that CEPO - a derivative of erythropoietin devoid of hematopoietic potential - will provide a beneficial profile of peripheral nerve regeneration after injury and delayed repair. More specifically, we investigate the effect of CEPO on the quality and velocity of nerve regeneration when the nerve endings are repaired with a delay of 3, 7 and 14 days after nerve injury.