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Grants We Funded

Grant applicants for the 2023 cycle requested a total of nearly $4 million dollars. The PSF Study Section Subcommittees of Basic & Translational Research and Clinical Research evaluated nearly 140 grant applications on the following topics:

The PSF awarded research grants totaling over $1 million dollars to support nearly 30 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.

Cold Sensitivity in Nerve Compression Syndromes

Principal Investigator
Moaath Saggaf MD


University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine

Funding Mechanism
Pilot Research Grant

Focus Area
Peripheral Nerve, Hand or Upper Extremity

Cold sensitivity is common in conditions that are associated with nerve compressions such as Carpal tunnel syndrome. Cold sensitivity can be associated with significant disability. Approximately half the patients with Carpal tunnel syndrome were found to have cold sensitivity in one study. This research project aims to assess factors that are associated with cold sensitivity. It also aims to see the effect of surgery for Carpal tunnel syndrome on the severity of cold sensitivity. This study will assess associations between Carpal tunnel syndrome and cold sensitivity. Patients will have a special testing for the associations called a nerve conduction study. Then, patients will have either night splinting with steroid injections for their Carpal tunnel syndrome or surgery. Patients will be assessed again in 3 months to study the effect of the treatment on their cold sensitivity. We predict that surgery will improve cold sensitivity.

Moaath Saggaf is a resident physician in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Toronto. He received his medical degree from King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2013. He then completed a year of internship and was appointed a teaching assistant in the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at King Abdulaziz University in 2014. He joined the division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Toronto in 2016. His research interests focus on peripheral nerves and hand surgery research. He is currently conducting a study to assess cold sensitivity in Carpal tunnel syndrome.