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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.

Strain Pattern Directed Engineered Bone for Craniofacial Reconstruction

Principal Investigator
Cory Goldberg MD, FRCS


Toronto General Hospital

Funding Mechanism
Research Fellowship

Focus Area
Cranio/Maxillofacial/Head and Neck

Bone grafts are the "Gold Standard" for reconstructing bone defects in the craniofacial (CF) skeleton, causing increased morbidity and cost (Tessier, 1982 & Wolfe, 1982). It would be beneficial to design a construct capable of supporting and stimulating bone growth and vascularization, which would be replaced by host bone allowing growth and remodeling. To design such a construct it is crucial to account for local bone strain patterns and soft tissue forces. Knowledge of strain patterns in the CF skeleton would also help elucidate the development of the CF skeleton, and to confirm or re-direct plating techniques, which are mostly based on intuitive, and sometimes mistaken, approaches to the strain patterns. The objectives of the proposed studies are to examine a new biodegradable foam construct as an option for repairing CF bone defects, and to define strain patterns in the human CF skeleton.