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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.

Real Time, in Situ Microimaging of Peripheral Nerve Injury

Principal Investigator
Francis Henry MD


Massachusetts General Hospital

Funding Mechanism
Basic Research Grant

Focus Area
Peripheral Nerve

A method by which the internal neural state could be assessed, in terms of architectural preservation, would allow for an early grading of the level of injury, a more rapid and accurate determination of the prognosis, and an earlier, more informed decision about whether to continue observation or to proceed with nerve reconstruction. The objective of this study is to assess the ability of a novel high resolution imaging technique (Coherent Anti-stokes Raman Scattering Microscopy) to categorize peripheral nerve damage, and to monitor the recovery process of a damaged nerve. Features in these images will be compared with known anatomy and histology in real time in order to assess the ability of this technology to evaluate peripheral nerve damage. Changes in these features will be used to observe regrowth or atrophy of the nerves.