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Anti-inflammatory Effects of Crushed Cartilage and Adipose Tissue Print
The ASERF Scientific Research Committee and Board of Directors are pleased to announce the following grant award:

Researcher: Derek M. Steinbacher, MD

Grant Award: ASERF Interim Grant

Amount Awarded: $20,000

Project Name: Anti-inflammatory Effects of Crushed Cartilage and Adipose Tissue

Project Summary: The primary aims of this study are to 1) detect and quantify chondroitin sulfate and other inflammatory modulating factors released from crushed septal cartilage grafts and 2) assess the potential effect of concomitant autologous fat grafting on levels of these factors. This research question has essential implications on wound healing, inflammation, and cartilage graft retention following rhinoplasty and facial reconstructive surgical procedures.
 
Use of Actigraphy after Abdominoplasty Print
The ASERF Scientific Research Committee and Board of Directors are pleased to announce the following grant award:

Researcher: Jeremy Joseph, MD; Kent Higdon, MD; and Galen Perdikis, MD

Grant Award: ASERF Interim Grant

Amount Awarded: $12,995.00

Project Name: Use of Actigraphy after Abdominoplasty

Project Summary: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a well-known complication after surgery and amongst plastic surgery patients, Abdominal lipectomy patients are one of the highest risk populations. This project will focus on identifying a method of improving and promoting early ambulation after abdominoplasty.

Using actigraphy devices such as the Fitbit Inspire HR ® (San Francisco, California USA), monitoring activity levels has become more accessible. In addition, these devices can also encourage and remind wearers to get active, especially if the wearer is below a previously defined goal or their baseline level.

We hypothesize that patients undergoing Abdominal lipectomy are more likely to return to their baseline activity status sooner when they are reminded to get active by an actigraphy device.

Our goal is to determine if actigraphy devices are useful in encouraging post-operative ambulation and in helping patients return to their baseline sooner than if they did not receive these reminders. If there is a significant difference in these two groups, it may suggest that actigraphy devices be used in high risk surgery to promote ambulation with the ultimate goal of preventing VTE.
 
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