MedStar Health Collaborates with Indivumed to Advance Precision Oncology Research

 

MedStar Health will collaborate with Indivumed to advance our understanding of the molecular basis of cancer through collection and analysis of biospecimens and clinical data, making possible new individualized diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Columbia, Md. (August 3, 2017)—MedStar Health is pleased to announce a collaboration with Indivumed, GmbH, a Germany-based oncology research company, to individualize anti-cancer medical therapies through state-of-the-art biospecimen collection, preservation and analysis.

MedStar cares for thousands of cancer patients and survivors through the MedStar Health Cancer Network. In collaboration with the MedStar Health Research Institute, MedStar is increasing biospecimen collection started nearly a decade ago at Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over the term of the agreement, the cancer biobank will encompass MedStar’s most active cancer programs throughout the system to partner with Indivumed’s global annotated cancer biobank of human tumor tissue samples used to develop anti-tumor drugs and personalized medicine for cancer.

This international partnership will allow MedStar researchers to access highest quality biospecimens and associated clinical data contributed by consenting patients. In addition, MedStar cancer researchers will have access to samples contributed by more than 30,000 patients within Indivumed’s global cancer database operating within Europe, Asia and the United States.

"By participating in the Indivumed global network, we’ll have access to a critical mass of biological samples and clinical data for use in unique research for our community," said Neil Weissman, MD, president of the MedStar Health Research Institute. "Indivumed is a world leader in tissue collection and preservation and will expand our ability to conduct metabolic, as well as gene-based, cancer research."

MedStar’s Cancer Network has recently been granted a three-year accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). In addition, the Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center holds the distinction of being a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only cancer center in the Washington area with such distinction. Louis M. Weiner, MD, director of Georgetown Lombardi and Director of MedStar’s integrated cancer network stated firmly that, "the MedStar Cancer Network and Georgetown Lombardi are committed to delivering the highest standards of care and providing access to the most current cutting edge research for our patients suffering from this horrendous disease." Weiner continued, "the Indivumed cancer biobank has been and will continue to be a critical asset to our physicians and researchers in their quest to defeat cancer."

Under an initial multi-year agreement, MedStar will collect lung, breast, colorectal, pancreatic and other cancer tissues at its most active cancer programs throughout the system for research and storage according to Indivumed’s unique biobanking standard. Tissue collection at Georgetown Lombardi will continue pursuant to Georgetown University’s existing agreement with Indivumed.


About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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Foundations for an Academic Health System

 

Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, executive vice president for Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for MedStar Health and Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute, collaborated on guest commentary in Modern Healthcare on building an integrated academic health system to support the care of all patients. Read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Firefighters’ Burn and Surgical Laboratory Supports Development of ReCell and Other Skin Regeneration Technologies

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2016) — As part of a multicenter clinical research study, the Firefighters’ Burn and Surgical Laboratory at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is helping to test the effectiveness of an investigational device called ReCell® by Avita Medical that enables clinicians to harvest skin cells from small sections of a patient’s own healthy donor skin, yielding a potential treatment for skin regeneration in a burn injury area up to 80 times the size of the piece of donor skin.  The product aims to improve upon traditional skin grafting and meshing techniques by providing coverage to a larger wound area and achieving better long-term scar outcomes, while using a smaller piece of donor skin.

In addition to the clinical trials, Avita Medical and MedStar have agreed that MedStar will further research its product using laboratory assays and testing. “We’ve taken on a series of preclinical studies for Avita that are aimed at focusing on various aspects of this device, including testing the enzymatic, or skin digesting, components in differing conditions and also looking at next-generation augmentation of their technology,” says Lauren Moffatt, PhD, director of the Burn Research Laboratory.

The burn research team is leading dozens of other clinical research trials aimed at providing burn patients with readily available wound healing, and skin-expanding and regenerating options, similar to spray-on skin.

The unique and large biospecimen repository at the Burn Research Laboratory enables coordinated tissue processing and research, is a valuable asset in this specialized field and makes the lab an especially sought-after and qualified group for this type of research.

The research team also has plans for studies involving lasers, Moffatt says. “Lasers are being used a lot for scar treatment and skin pigment abnormalities but the literature on how and why they are effective and under what conditions is limited and consists of mostly case reports, not controlled trials. It’s another area we want to help pioneer in order to provide new, targeted therapies to burn patients.”

Jeffrey Shupp, MD, director of the Burn Research Program and co-founder of the burn research the laboratory says, “Adding to and expanding the research portfolio of the Burn Center has really completed the multidisciplinary team we have here. We’re focused on ground-up innovation, thinking differently and finding revolutionary ways to treat our patients.”

The Burn Center is a 24-bed facility that meets stringent criteria and is the region’s only adult burn center.  More than 500 acute burn-injured patients are admitted for treatment each year, with another 500 treated as outpatients.

 


About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. For more information, visit www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center Launches Program to Support Residents

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30, 2016)—The MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Health Academic Affairs, in conjunction with the MedStar-Georgetown Surgical Outcomes Research Center have officially launched their first joint program to support residents’ interest in conducting research.

The new MedStar Surgical Resident Research Program is designed to encourage  MedStar surgical residents in the Washington, D.C., region to pursue careers focused on clinical, translational and medical education research in academic surgery by providing faculty mentoring and structure, and bio-statistical and study design resources from the MedStar Health Research Institute’s Biostatistics and Bioinformatics department.

Recipients of the year-long research award are Filipe Carvalho, MD, Chris Devulapalli, MD, Conor Hynes, MD, and Michael Sosin, MD.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to see a research project through to completion with the help of the very best in the business,” says Thomas J. Watson, MD, regional chief of MedStar Washington Integrated Surgery Service at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 

Residents applied to new program by submitting research proposals for review by the newly formed MedStar Surgical Resident Research Program Council co-chaired by Shimae Fitzgibbons, MD, Jeff Shupp, MD, and Waddah Al-Refaie, MD.

 “As a novel program, this represents a pilot effort and, pending successful completion and review of program performance, may serve as a model for future expansion across MedStar Surgery,” says Dr. Al-Refaie, John S. Dillon Chair and chief of Surgical Oncology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and surgeon-in-chief of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Sosin, a third-year general surgery resident, was selected to research benefits of nipple-sparing mastectomy. Dr. Sosin says, “I applied to this program because it offers a unique opportunity of supporting resident-driven research that can be translated to optimization of patient care at the bedside and surgical decision making in the treatment of breast cancer.”

The benefits of nipple-sparing mastectomy are tremendous including improved patient quality of life, increased sensation, and better aesthetic outcomes, Dr. Sosin, said, “And we hope to offer this surgery to more patients in the future.” Dr. Sosin will be mentored by Shawna C. Willey, MD, FACS, Eleni A. Tousimis, MD, FACS, and Troy A. Pittman, MD.

Dr. Carvalho is a second-year urology resident selected to research a pre-surgical medication alternative to chemotherapy for patients with bladder cancer; Dr. Devulapalli was selected to investigate incisional hernias following major abdominal cancer operations; and Dr. Hynes will examine the role of a type of stem cells in patients with diabetes mellitus, a condition that affects the body's ability to use energy in food.

The selected participants for this year’s MedStar Surgical Resident Research program are all from MedStar Georgetown University Hospital but the program is open to applications from MedStar Washington Hospital Center as well.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at Medstarresearch.org.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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MedStar Health Research Institute Awards Summer Mental Health Research Scholarship

Hyattsville, Md. (May 5, 2015) — The MedStar Health Research Institute, in conjunction with the Georgetown University Medical School, is in the third year of awarding a summer research internship, supported by the Pines-Kleinman Mental Health Fund. The recipient of this year’s award is Jeremy Chaikind, a rising second-year medical student who will focus on factors that predict success or failure in treatment for substance use disorders and addiction, under the direction of Risa Fishman, MD and Bruno Anthony, PhD.

The Pines-Kleinman Mental Health fund was established in 2007 with donations from Wayne Pines, a director and former chairman of the board of the ‎Research Institute, Carol Kleinman, MD JD, a practicing psychiatrist in Chevy Chase Maryland, and their family and friends. The intent of the fund is to support a summer research internship in the field of mental and behavioral health. The annual prize is awarded to someone who has demonstrated service excellence, “patient first” activities, innovation, inter-hospital collaboration, and/or leadership in the field of mental health research.

“During this phase of medical education, it is important that students are exposed to medical research and learn its value and the professional fulfillment it offers,” says Neil Weissman, MD, president of the Research Institute.

The summer research internship is designed for rising second year medical students at Georgetown who will work with an experienced investigator to gain greater understanding and experience in research. The intern will take part in a research project that will contribute to a better understanding or treatment of mental health and, ultimately, lead to advancing health care through research.

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MedStar Researcher Wins Prestigious Grant to Study Effects of Patient Safety Program

Washington, DC, December 22, 2014 —The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) awarded one of the five Pioneer Awards for 2014 to a MedStar Health Research Institute investigator, Kelly M. Smith, PhD, scientific director of Quality and Safety Research. This one-year award is part of the AAMC’s Learning Health Systems Research program. 

The Pioneer Research Awards recognize innovations and collaborations among medical education, care delivery, research, and diversity and inclusion. The awards recognize institutions that have implemented or wish to enhance the capacity of innovative, system-wide processes that improve opportunities for research.

“Organizational courage is required to be transparent with ourselves, with our patients, and with the communities we serve,” Smith said. “This award to the Research Institute is in recognition of MedStar’s commitment to transforming health care through transparency, safety improvement, and research partnership.”

The aim of Smith’s proposal, “Implementation of a Communication and Resolution Program – an Innovative Approach to Creating a Continuously Learning Healthcare System” is to implement and evaluate a communication and resolution program throughout MedStar Health hospitals. Communication and resolution programs are one method used to make continuous process and quality improvement transparent within a healthcare organization.

David Mayer, MD, vice president of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health, explained the significance of the award. "The Pioneer Award supports cross-cutting programs that are expected to have an exceptionally high impact on the provision of patient care by developing bold and innovative approaches that offer the potential for rapid progress,” he said. “Winning this prestigious award highlights Kelly Smith's growing national presence in the health sciences research field while bringing additional national attention to the wonderful work being done by many at the MedStar Health Research Institute."

The award will foster ongoing efforts in support of MedStar Health’s High Reliability Organization journey to enhance transparency, patient engagement and patient safety event reporting and catalyze health services and implementation research throughout the health system.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at www.medstarresearch.org.

About The Association Of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 148,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.​​

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Joan Bardsley Named 2014 President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators

Washington, DC, July 10, 2014 — Joan Bardsley, MBA, RN, assistant vice president at MedStar Health Research Institute was named 2014 president of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

On Aug 5-9, Bardsley attended the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) conference in August to where educators gathered to see how the latest findings are translated into on-the-ground clinical practice. AADE anticipated an attendance of over 3,000 diabetes educators, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals. This year’s conference advertised new session formats to encourage more interactive learning, including 90-minute Snap Learning sessions (focused on specific issues), Critical Conversations (cased-based learning in small groups), Meet-the-Experts Debates, and master classes (advanced level sessions).

Bardsley is the administrative lead for the Research Institute’s core scientific services, which include the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the Penn Medical Laboratory, the Pre-Clinical Laboratory and the Research Pharmacy. Her responsibilities for these areas include strategic visioning, budgeting and financial performance, and business development monitoring and tracking. In this position, Bardsley serves on the executive committee for the Research Institute.

A registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, Bardsley has been a co-investigator for diabetes management research through the clinical research center and develops and implements comprehensive training activities for the organizations clinical research coordinators throughout the MedStar Health system. Also within the system, Bardsley serves as a representative to MedStar's Chief Nursing Council and Nursing Research Consortium.

A member of the MedStar Health Research Institute leadership team since 1993, Bardsley received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, a Masters of Arts and her Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University in Washington, DC.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at www.medstarresearch.org.

About The American Association Of Diabetes Educators

Founded in 1973, the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) is a multi-disciplinary professional membership organization dedicated to improving diabetes care through education. With more than 13,000 professional members including nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and others, AADE has a vast network of practitioners involved in the daily treatment of diabetes patients.​​

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CareFusion Foundation Names MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Recipient of Clinical Excellence Grant

Hyattsville, MD, July 2, 2014 - MedStar Union Memorial Hospital was recently selected as one of 11 hospitals to be awarded grant funding by the CareFusion Foundation as part of the Foundation’s second annual Clinical Excellence Grant Program. The MedStar program, led by Rohit Gulati, MD, MBA, assistant vice president of Medical Affairs at the Baltimore hospital, aims to increase outpatient medication adherence through a technological reminder system tightly coupled with in-person and phone-based reminders.

The grant program sought proposals for improving medication safety and efficiency, including reducing medication errors, improving clinician workflow, increasing pharmacy efficiency and driving medication use compliance. Through both its grant cycles, the CareFusion Foundation has awarded a total of $1 million to advancing healthcare best practices.

The innovative model being developed at Medstar Union Memorial Hospital will include an electronic pill box system with real time data transmission to a call center, along with generated phone reminders and visiting nurse education. “This grant will allow us to continue our research to see how we can lower readmissions and utilization by increasing medication compliance for patients who have that need. Just as we need gentle reminders about schedules and meetings in today’s busy world so do our patients who need reminders to take their medications on time as directed,” said Dr. Gulati.

“The proper management of medications—from the physician order to the pharmacy to the nursing station to the patient bedside--is a critical issue for healthcare institutions nationwide,” said Dr. Carlos Nunez, chief medical officer for CareFusion. “Working with these nonprofit partners to develop and share best practices for medication management will advance the field at large and help providers deliver safer, more cost-effective care.”

This year’s recipients will address interdepartmental and interfacility communication practices, patient intervention and reminder systems, medication reconciliation processes, and educational programs to improve medication adherence.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, DC regions. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the ten MedStar hospitals and other MedStar Health entities. Visit us at www.medstarresearch.org.

About The CareFusion Foundation

Established in 2009, the CareFusion Foundation exists to create and support opportunities to improve the safety and cost of health care for generations to come. The Foundation also supports nonprofit organizations that improve the wellness of communities where CareFusion employees live and work. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.

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MedStar Health Research Institute President, Neil Weissman, MD to Become President of American Society of Echocardiography (ASE)

Neil Weissman, MD, president of the MedStar Health Research Institute and professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, has been named president of the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) for a one-year term following the society’s 25th Annual Scientific Sessions, which were held earlier this month in Portland, OR.

The American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is a 16,000-member professional organization of physicians, cardiac sonographers, nurses and scientists involved in echocardiography, the use of ultrasound to image the heart and cardiovascular system. The organization was founded in 1975 and is the largest international organization for cardiac imaging.

Last year’s ASE President, Benjamin F. Byrd III, MD, FASE Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN said, “Neil is a wonderful choice to serve as ASE President, and has already contributed a great deal to the organization over the past two decades. His considerable expertise in clinical trials and research was particularly beneficial during his tenure as Chair of ASE’s Guidelines and Standards Committee, and he has brought his passion for education and learning to many other ASE committees and task forces over the years. I have no doubt that Neil’s vision and leadership will help ASE continue to thrive and adapt to the changing healthcare world.”

Dr. Weissman addressed the members of the association at their annual business meeting and shared with the membership his vision of how the Society is well situated to lead the use of cardiovascular ultrasound in this rapidly changing healthcare environment. He envisions the society embracing a larger sector of caregivers using cardiovascular ultrasound in a more diverse manner to improve the quality of patient care in a growing number of clinical settings.

Weissman is President of MedStar Health Research Institute, Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Core Laboratories at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC.

Weissman's research interests include valvular heart disease, left ventricular remodeling and intravascular imaging. His ultrasound core laboratory has served as a site for more than 150 multi-center trials, including multiple studies on pharmacologic effects of valvular and ventricular function, prosthetic valve assessments, and intracoronary therapies. Additionally, Weissman has served as Principal Investigator for numerous national and international multi-center trials, including being the national principal investigator on a cardiac safety study with more than 7,500 participants. Prior to moving to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, he was the Director of the Clinical Echocardiography Lab at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

Weissman received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He then completed his internship, residency, and chief residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital in New York. He followed his residency training with a clinical and research fellowship in cardiology and a fellowship in cardiac ultrasound at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Internationally recognized as an expert in cardiac ultrasound, Weissman has served on several national organizations, and is on several editorial boards for various internationally recognized journals. He has published hundreds of abstracts and original reports, written several review articles and book chapters and authored a textbook on cardiac imaging.

About MedStar Health Research Institute

The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in the Maryland and Washington, DC regions. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the ten MedStar hospitals and other MedStar Health entities. Visit us at www.medstarresearch.org.

About The American Society Of Echocardiography (ASE)

As the largest global organization for cardiovascular ultrasound imaging, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) is the leader and advocate, setting practice standards and guidelines. Comprised of over 16,000 physicians, sonographers, nurses, and scientists, ASE is a strong voice providing guidance, expertise, and education to its members with a commitment to improving the practice of ultrasound and imaging of the heart and cardiovascular system for better patient outcomes. For more information about ASE visit www.asecho.org.​

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MedStar Sports Medicine Is Committed To Reducing Risk Of Youth Lacrosse Injuries

Releases New Study, In Collaboration With US Lacrosse, Finding Safety Initiatives Consistent With Youth Concussion Report Recommendations

Baltimore (December 3, 2013) — MedStar Sports Medicine, in collaboration with US Lacrosse, has released a new study providing greater insight into youth lacrosse injuries. The study, chronicling the rate of injury among youth lacrosse players, supports the findings and recommendations of a report on youth concussion recently published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council.

In accordance with several aspects of the IOM report, including the call for a better national system to track concussion injuries and more change in the methodology used for reporting head injuries, the study utilized an injury surveillance system using certified athletic trainers to collect data on the types of injury and injury mechanisms which incurred during youth recreational lacrosse. The study found onsite athletic trainers improved the initial diagnosis of injuries and provided consistent injury surveillance and reporting.

“We believe this is a significant study because there was an athletic trainer onsite, which strengthens the initial diagnosis of injuries and provides consistent reporting,” said lead author Andrew Lincoln, ScD, head of the MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital and member of US Lacrosse’s Sports Science and Safety Committee. “This type of study could serve as a model of the additional studies that are needed to better understand youth lacrosse safety, and is consistent with the IOM report’s call for better injury surveillance and reporting in youth sports.”

The study was led by Dr. Lincoln, in collaboration with Reg Dunn, senior research associate, MedStar Union Memorial; Lisa R. Hepburn, PhD, senior research associate, MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center; Richard Hinton, MD, sports medicine surgeon, MedStar Union Memorial; William Romani, PhD, PT, research associate, University of Maryland; Meira Yeger-McKeever, MD, prior MedStar Union Memorial orthopaedic fellow; and the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee.

Together, MedStar Sports Medicine and US Lacrosse have established the nation’s leading lacrosse sports medicine program, bringing top expertise to the athletes of today’s fastest growing sport. This strategic alliance has resulted in the collaboration of leadership from MedStar and US Lacrosse in the areas of research, education and prevention of injury priorities specific to both girls’ and boy’s lacrosse.

Click here to view the abstract of the study, to be released in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. To view a full summary of the IOM report, click here.

About MedStar Sports Medicine

MedStar Sports Medicine, an initiative integrated throughout MedStar Health, is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 36 physicians, 23 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Baltimore Blast, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official medical team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).

About the IOM

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Established in 1970, the IOM is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, which was chartered under President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. Nearly 150 years later, the National Academy of Sciences has expanded into what is collectively known as the National Academies, which comprises the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council, and the IOM. For more details, please visit www.iom.edu.

About US Lacrosse

US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 415,000 members in 64 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport. Bookmark, like and follow US Lacrosse at uslacrosse.org, fb.com/uslacrosse and @uslacrosse, respectively.

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