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Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2022 cycle requested a total of over $2.9 million dollars. The PSF Study Section subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated 115 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling almost $550,000 to support 19 plastic surgery research proposals.

ASPS/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.

HO-1 Gene Therapy for Pressure Ulcer Prophylaxis

Principal Investigator
Kevin Cross MD


Weill Cornell Medical College

Funding Mechanism
Basic Research Grant

Focus Area

Pressure ulcers CPU) are a devastating and common comorbidity for all immobilized patients. PU are complicated by pain, infection, and increased hospital stay. The wounds represent a significant health care burden. In 2003, the average hospital acquired PU prevalence was 9.2% in the in-patient health care setting with 2.5 million PU treated each year. The cost for treating one full thickness PU is estimated to be $70,000 with total US expenditures equaling approximately $11 billion annually. Thus, there is great need for prophylaxis against PU formation. The primary aim of this study is to investigate the use of hypoxically driven heme oxygenase-1 (HO-l) gene therapy to prevent PU formation.