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MU School of Medicine receives $50,000 grant for orthopaedic research

On April 13, 2014

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine was awarded a grant of $50,000 to go toward a research project headed by Maria Serrat.

Serrat is an assistant professor in the department of anatomy at the School of Medicine and a clinical assistant professor in the department of orthopaedics.

“We developed a model to study how the application of heat on the body’s surface can stimulate bone elongation,” Serrat said in a press release. “By validating this model, we are looking at future possible clinical treatments to lengthen bones in children with growth issues or orthopaedic trauma using non-invasive methods.”

Serrat and her team recently presented their findings at the National Orthopaedic Research Society meeting in New Orleans. The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research awarded $1 million in research funding for 20 grants of $50,000 to members who have submitted a peer-reviewed grand application to a major funding sponsor and received a full review but were not funded.

The goal of the grant is to allow the award recipient to continue to develop the research and strengthen the proposal for future funding. The grant program is open to established and young investigators and to U.S. and international members.

“it’s a bridge grant, and the first year this new program is offered by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, they have committed a very large pool of money to help investigators in the bone and mineral research field and carry their research forward in a climate where funding is just incredibly difficult for everyone to get,” Serrat said.

There were seven different teams selected during this first round of funding, which is fortunate because Serrat and her team were not only competing with new investigators, but also established investigators from both the U.S. and international. Some of these teams have a 25-year research career.

“We were just really excited that being from Marshall as a new investigator that we were able to convince the reviewers that our project was exciting enough and that we had the resources and the team and people to do it, it really says a lot about what we are able to do here,” Serrat said.

Lara Sedlock can be contacted at


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