AMSSM’s Research Network Funds Research to Prepare for NIH-Funded Trial Centering on Achilles Tendinopathy

AMSSM’s Research Network Funds Research to Prepare for NIH-Funded Trial Centering on Achilles Tendinopathy

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and its Collaborative Research Network (CRN) are awarding $150,000 in research funds to prepare a team of investigators for a competitive submission of an NIH R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant and then to an NIH U01 Clinical Trial Implementation Grant via the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

The Study

This effort prepares for a study titled “Safety of ultrasound-guided tenotomy for Achilles tendinopathy and feasibility of a standardized ultrasound imaging protocol, a multi-site study.” The principal investigators, Mederic Hall, MD and Ruth L. Chimenti, DPT, PhD, seek to assess the safety of ultrasound-guided tenotomy by describing the rate and types of USGT-related complications at the Achilles via a prospective, multi-site observational study and retrospective chart review. Additionally, the investigators propose to demonstrate feasibility of a multisite randomized controlled trial by quantifying patient volume per year and estimating the capture rate using a standardized ultrasound imaging protocol.

Taking on the Common and Challenging Diagnosis of Achilles Tendinopathy

This collaboration represents an opportunity for the principal investigators to “answer questions that will directly inform clinical decisions by our members treating the very common and challenging diagnosis of Achilles tendinopathy” reported Dr. Mederic Hall, co-principal investigator of this research. He noted that the team was looking forward to collaborating with CRN “on this Bridge to R34 grant” and thereafter the NIH clinical trial.

Collaboration with CRN Leadership Committee

The research team (rest of investigators listed below) will collaborate closely with CRN Leadership Committee over the next couple years on this endeavor. The CRN will share the results with membership once available.

AMSSM & Collaborative Research Network (CRN)

The AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 4,000 sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages.

The CRN was established by the AMSSM to guide and support multicenter research to support AMSSM efforts in patient care, education, advocacy, reimbursement and sustainability of members.

Lead Research/Investigator

Mederic Hall, MD, University of Iowa

Ruth L. Chimenti, DPT, PhD, University of Iowa

Other study team members:

·       Adam Pourcho, DO and Troy Henning, DO at Swedish Health (Seattle, WA)

·       Jacob Sellon, MDat Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)

·       Douglas Hoffman, MD at Essentia Health (Duluth, MN)

·       Kenneth Mautner, MD, FAMSSM at Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

·       Kentaro Onishi, DO at University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)

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