Program for Research on Orthopaedic Injuries (PRORP) supports clinical trials of military-relevant research to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and management of military combat and service-related orthopedic injuries. These trials may help increase unit readiness and facilitate return to duty/work rates. Congressional allocations for PRORP have supported military-relevant orthopaedic research since 2009. The FY23 Clinical Translational Research Award seeks applied research applications focused on advancing optimal treatment and restoration of function for individuals with musculoskeletal injuries sustained in combat and/or service-related activities. Such research is expected to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for injured military personnel and their families.
In addition to funding research that has the potential to provide short- and long-term healthcare solutions for wounded Service members, Veterans, and the American public, PRORP offers a number of educational opportunities to foster academic collaboration among orthopedic researchers and clinicians. The ORS is the world’s largest scientific and medical organization dedicated to advancing the field of orthopaedics through education, research, communication, and advocacy. ORS membership includes more than 4,100 orthopaedic surgeons and allied professionals from around the globe. A recent survey of ORS residency program directors (PDs) indicated that they were in favor of conducting an education collaborative.
The primary mission of PRORP is to foster cutting-edge research that addresses the unique challenges posed by orthopedic injuries in military personnel. The program aims to promote innovative approaches to preventing, diagnosing, and treating these injuries. By supporting a diverse range of research projects, PRORP strives to improve the quality of care provided to service members, enhance their recovery, and ultimately contribute to the overall readiness of the armed forces.
PRORP supports research initiatives across a spectrum of orthopedic injury-related domains:
Injury Prevention and Training: PRORP invests in studies that investigate effective training techniques and injury prevention strategies. By identifying risk factors and implementing preventive measures, the program aims to reduce the incidence of orthopedic injuries during military training and operations.
Diagnostic Innovations: PRORP-funded projects explore advanced diagnostic tools and techniques that enable swift and accurate assessment of orthopedic injuries. Early and precise diagnosis is crucial in ensuring timely intervention and optimizing recovery outcomes.
Treatment Advancements: The program focuses on developing new treatment methods, including surgical techniques, regenerative therapies, and rehabilitation strategies. These advancements are designed to accelerate healing, restore functionality, and improve injured service members’ overall quality of life.
Long-Term Health and Rehabilitation: PRORP recognizes the importance of long-term care and rehabilitation for service members with orthopedic injuries. Research efforts encompass rehabilitation protocols, pain management strategies, and addressing potential complications that may arise after an initial injury.
Since its inception, PRORP has significantly contributed to the body of knowledge surrounding orthopedic injuries. By fostering collaboration among researchers, clinicians, and military personnel, the program has facilitated the translation of scientific findings into tangible improvements in patient care. The insights gained from PRORP-funded research benefit military personnel and have broader implications for civilian orthopedic care and musculoskeletal health.
PRORP provides grants to fund research with the potential to advance musculoskeletal injury treatment and recovery. Established in 2009, the program focuses on addressing a wide range of combat- and service-related injuries to increase return-to-duty and return-to-work rates for wounded Service members and their families. A review panel composed of a group of orthopaedic experts evaluates each submission and assigns a score for each area of inquiry. Manuscripts that score well in all categories are deemed to be of high scientific merit and potential clinical impact and are recommended for funding.
The journal publishes all articles under an open-access model so they are freely available to the public. This increases the impact of the article and its dissemination to a wider audience. In addition, the article is promoted through press releases to the general and scientific media, maximizing its visibility. This is all part of the BMC’s commitment to Open Science. BMC and its journals follow the guidelines set by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).
PRORP benefits include funding opportunities that support the development of innovative techniques and interventions to improve the health, function, and quality of life of service members who sustain orthopaedic injuries. FY22 PROP CTRAs are outlined below.
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