2015 was a productive year for the Stone Research Foundation with much to celebrate. We are changing the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) and preventing it from occurring by improving articular cartilage, meniscus and ligament replacement techniques. We need your help to achieve a true cure.
Contributions from our donors helped us complete three outcome studies and launch the first phase of an important multi-phase study. All reflect the importance and value of our biologic orthopedic solutions. This year we:
- Completed a 10-23 year follow-up study of patients receiving the articular cartilage paste graft in which patients reported improvements in pain and function levels for an estimated average of 16 years.
- Published a long term follow-up study of meniscus allograft transplantation in which we found that patients were able to participate in sporting activities with reduced levels of pain for up to 15 years postoperatively.
- Published, in collaboration with physicians from Harvard Medical School, a study analyzing the treatment guidelines for knee and hip OA with the goal of building support for biologic procedures within the orthopaedic community.
- Launched a study to determine the cellular composition of the paste graft to refine and improve the technique.
Through wider use of available cartilage repair options when OA is first diagnosed, we believe that suffering from chronic OA can be avoided.
In 2016 the Foundation, with your support, will launch additional studies to quantify the benefit of filling meniscus and ligament grafts with stem cells and growth factors prior to implantation; and a study on the ability of anabolic agents to prevent muscle atrophy following surgery. We would be happy to discuss the details of those studies with you.
We are asking you to support these important initiatives by making a donation today. There are three ways to give:
- Donate to the Stone Research Foundation General Fund, which supports patient outcome study preparation and publication and education programs. The operating budget for 2016 is $250,000.
- Donate to the Research Fund, which supports the paste graft and cell seeding research programs. The budget for each multi-year program is between $300,000 and $550,000.
- Create an endowment, which ensures that our work can continue for years to come. We are currently seeking $10 million to fund the ongoing research and education missions of the Foundation.
Will you help solve joint injuries and arthritis?