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Bill Lucas, Airlift Research Foundation
February 1, 2010 (Pittsburgh, PA) At an event at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) presented two research grants in the amount of $200,000 each to investigators doing work in the field of limb trauma. The grants, awarded by the Airlift Research Foundation, were made possible through funding from a 2009 Department of Defense Congressional appropriation, which Congressman Doyle helped the organization to secure.
The recipients of the research grant awards, Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and Dr. Christopher Born of Brown University and the Rhode Island Hospital, are conducting research in the field of orthopaedic trauma with a focus on military war injuries. Both of their research projects involve bone healing as well as the reduction of infection, which are crucial areas of need, particularly with the injuries resulting from the current conflicts.
Dr. Susan Pressly Lephart, president of the Airlift Research Foundation, said “We are most grateful to Congressman Doyle for his commitment to research and for his support of our troops, and we commend Drs. Born and Yang for their innovative translational research projects which will have a significant impact on the care of our military men and women. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with these researchers and are excited to share the outcomes of their research in the future.”
Doyle was quoted as saying "I'm proud to be a part of the effort to help this foundation promote the research that will provide better care to those who are deserving of our nation's deep gratitude."
In addition to Congressman Doyle, notable attendees of the awards ceremony included G. W. Jim Johnson III, founder and chairman of the Airlift Research Foundation; First Lieutenant Ed Salau (ret.), Board Member as well as a wounded warrior representative; Dave Root, Treasurer of the Board of Directors;; Hon. Rich Fitzgerald, President of Allegheny County Council; and Tom Fitzgerald, U.S. Marshal of Pennsylvania, Western District.
Also in attendance was Dr. Freddie H. Fu, chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedics and newly appointed member of the Advisory Council of the Airlift Research Foundation; and Nick Beldecos, executive director of the DSF Charitable Foundation, which recently awarded $100,000 to the Airlift Research Foundation for its research grant awards program.
Founded in 2008, the Airlift Research Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is leading the charge to fund orthopaedic research and to increase public awareness of traumatic war injuries of military and civilian survivors worldwide. Research funding addresses the protection of limbs, treatment of injuries in the field, rehabilitation and quality of life-research that has immediate benefits for war survivors and future benefits for all orthopaedic trauma patients. Raising public awareness ensures that both the military and the public understand the enormous impact of extremity trauma, both in the field and at home. For interviews and high resolution photos please contact Bill Lucas at (412) 661-7538.