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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.

Quality-of-Life After Breast Augmentation

Principal Investigator
J. Peter Rubin MD


University of Pittsburgh

Funding Mechanism
Directed Research Grant

Focus Area
Breast (Cosmetic/Reconstructive)

Many research studies have assessed the short term health risks and quality of life associated with breast implants. However, little data exist about long term quality of life after breast augmentation. The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study provides a unique opportunity to evaluate quality of life of women many years after breast augmentation. This federally funded investigation was established to examine the mortality, morbidity and quality of life in postmenopausal women. Initiated in 1993, 161,000 women aged 50-79 are enrolled in this 15 year study. Comprehensive health and quality of life data have been collected in a highly controlled manner in over 40 clinical centers nationwide and updated annually. Importantly, specific data were collected about breast augmentation history and type of implant. For most WHI subjects, decades have elapsed between breast augmentation and data collection. A preliminary search of the WHI database reveals 2673 participants who underwent breast augmentation. We plan a detailed analysis of the database to accomplish the following specific aims: 1. Assess general health characteristics of subjects with a history of breast augmentation and compare to the rest of the study population with specific attention to cancer, autoimmune diseases, chronic illness, and psychiatric disorders. 2. Evaluate quality of life measures in women with a history of breast augmentation compared with women who did not undergo breast augmentation matched for age and general health characteristics.