The 22nd annual Comparative Orthopaedics Day held by the Missouri Orthoapedic Institute on April 29, 2022, was another success! This year’s keynote speaker was Martha Anderson from Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) Biologics, who delivered a talk on “Saving and Healing Lives through Tissue Donation and Transplantation”. Ms. Anderson managed and directed donor-related services provided by the organization for more than 30 years.
The day was followed by research presentations by both faculty and trainees of the department. This year’s topics included connecting lives through tissue donation, adherence in orthopaedic trauma, biomarkers in orthopaedics, and graft selection for ACL reconstruction.
Several awards were also presented during this year’s event.
- Dr. Melanie Boeyer received the Littlejohn Legacy Research Award that recognizes outstanding learner research in orthopaedic research.
- Dr. Barry J. Gainor received the Making a Difference Award that honored his significant contributions to building and growing the Mizzou orthopaedic research team, mission, and success along with his support of resident research and training.
- Dr. Sumit Gupta was the first recipient of the Gainor Humanitarian Award honoring his decades of service to people around the world. Dr. Gupta initiated and now supervises one University of Missouri orthopaedic resident rotation at the KMC Hospital in Mangalore, India.