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Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA The 64th Annual PSRC Meeting will be held in Baltimore, Maryland May 2-5, 2019. We are looking forward to a tremendous attendance and participation. Dr. Gregory Borschel (Program Chair) and I are planning outstanding scientific programs and engaging social events, which will take place in and around Baltimore city. The meeting will celebrate Plastic Surgery Research including basic, clinical and translational aspects. A major highlight of the program will be the integration of the Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) Research Fundamentals Workshop (RFW) over the course of the entire program. The Local Program will take place at The Johns Hopkins Hospital on Thursday May 2nd, followed by a Welcome Reception at the National Aquarium that evening in the inner harbor. On Friday May 3rd, we will host the Members Dinner at The Walters Art Museum. Saturday night, May 4th, we will celebrate the integration of the PSF-RFW with a gathering in Harbor East overlooking the Inner Harbor.

We are excited to bring the Annual Meeting to historic and vibrant Baltimore! May will bring fair weather and, of course, the start of the Maryland crab season. There is a wealth of attractions surrounding the conference center, which I hope you all will be able to explore. Here are some select highlights:
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PSRC 63rd Annual Meeting

PSRC is accepting abstracts until Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 11:59PM.
Be sure to submit your abstract before then for the 2019 Annual Meeting to be held May 2-5th at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Plastic Surgery Research Council is the pre-eminent research organization in plastic surgery. Those in the field that value research and the role it plays in the specialty also have a special place in their hearts for the Plastic Surgery Research Council. PSRCís Baronio Fund was created years ago as a way to build a corpus of assets and reserves so that the Research Council may ensure the support of its mission to stimulate fundamental research in plastic surgery. Baronio funds can only be used each year for projects devoted to the improvement and access to research in the field, including grants and scholarships, and to the expansion, innovation, and progression of the Baronio mission. The greater the underlying magnitude of the Fund, greater is the PSRCís capacity to impact both the people that do research and the quality of the research being performed in plastic surgery. Read More

Membership Reminder: Deadline November 30th, 2018
The PSRC Membership Committee will review membership applications starting Saturday, December 1st. Tell your colleagues, residents, fellows, etc. to submit their application before Friday, November 30 to be electing during the winter 2019 election cycle. Benefits of PSRC membership include:
  • Opportunities to interact with leaders in the field of plastic surgery research
  • The ability to develop valuable connections
  • Opportunities to network for employment opportunities
  • Present your best work to a collegial and engaged audience
  • Publication of your abstracts in a supplement of PRS
  • Receive a significant discount off PSRC Annual Meeting registration
  • Access research grant funds
  • Participate in the Mentorship Program


Mentorship Program:
The PSRC Mentorship Program has grown significantly over the past five years. What started as a small group of 24 matched mentees and mentors has developed into a celebrated program which boasts 35 mentor/mentee pairs for the 2018-2019 cycle. Read More

Ted Kung, MD 1. What was your light bulb moment / turning point into research?
I have been involved in research since my undergraduate years at Case Western Reserve University. At that time, I was operating on rats investigating alterations in the expression of various clock genes in response to cardiac ischemia. I was drawn to research that had the potential to be translated to improve patient care and that desire later guided me to plastic surgery research during medical school. My first plastic surgery papers were published with Arun Gosain who solidified my interest in a career as a surgeon-scientist and supported my applications to academic programs. Once I got to Michigan for residency, there were countless opportunities for surgeons to participate in both clinical and basic science research and Iíve never looked back since. Read More

First Annual Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progress (FOP) & Traumatic Heterotopic
ssification (HO) Symposium

The PSF National Endowment grant recently funded the First Annual Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progress & Traumatic Heterotopic Ossification Symposium that was held at the University of Michigan. PSRC Member, Ben Levi, summarized the event perfectly. Read More