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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.

Tissue Engineered Recellularized Small Diameter Vascaular Grafts

Principal Investigator
Gregory Borschel MD


University of Michigan

Funding Mechanism
Basic Research Grant

Focus Area
Tissue Engineering

A tissue engineered, biocompatible source of small diameter vessels would be of significant clinical benefit to patients requiring vein grafting for free tissue transfer, replantation, lower extremity vascular bypass, or coronary artery bypass. The current practice of autologous vessel harvest is limited by the availability of suitable vessels, operative time, and donor site morbidity. We hypothesize that a chemically acellularized arterial graft seeded with endothelial cells will have mechanical properties suitable for clinical use and remain patent in vivo.