"It is an honor being a recipient of the OTA Resident Research Grant which will contribute to the funding of our perspective randomized control trial on weightbearing protocols after syndesmosis fixation. I want to thank the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, its donors, and DePuy Synthes for their generous offer and consistent commitment to resident education. This grant will contribute to our future research, that hopefully in its completion, will add to the literature and possibly change current practice in orthopaedic trauma.
In residency, I am learning how difficult it is to secure funding on ideas for research, the logistics required to bring these ideas to fruition, and the time and manpower involved in its execution. The resident research grant allows a stepping stone for this process and will help our study move from ground level to completion. I believe that receiving this grant will have a positive impact not only on the research performed, but positive effects on my future academic career through knowledge enrichment, skills enhancement, and new insight from collaborating with respected physicians and researchers in the field.
Once again, I would like to thank the individual donors, OTA , DePuy Synthes, all coinvestigator's, and research staff contributing to this study. Hopefully we will be able to add to the literature and change our orthopaedic practice in medicine for the better.
William K. Roache MD
University of Arizona – Phoenix
Title: Early Weightbearing vs Delayed Weightbearing After Surgical Fixation of Unstable Ankle Fractures with Syndesmosis Disruption: A Randomized Controlled Trial.
Principal Investigator: William K Roache, MD
Co-Investigator: Michael McKee, MD, Niloofar Dehghan, MD
Awarded Funds: $ 19,744
Funded by: OTA/DePuy"