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Gregory Borschel, MD, PSRC Chair
Gregory Borschel, MD
PSRC Chair
The 65th Annual PSRC Meeting will be held in Toronto, Canada, May 28-31, 2020. We are looking forward to seeing you there. Dr. Brian Gastman (Program Chair) and I have planned broad scientific and educational programming and social events, and a full integration of the Research Fundamentals Workshop with Summer Hanson and Jason Ko from PSF. All of these events will take place in downtown Toronto. We will include all aspects of Plastic Surgery Research including basic, clinical and translational research. The Local Program will take place at the MaRS Discovery District on Thursday May 28, followed by a Welcome Reception at the Hockey Hall of Fame. On Friday May 29, we will host the Members Dinner at the Omni King Edward Hotel Ballroom. Saturday night, May 30th, we will celebrate ongoing integration of the PSF-RFW with a joint gathering in downtown Toronto. I wish to extend to you a warm welcome to Toronto - my adopted home for the last ten years. Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world, according to the BBC (July, 2019; Read More

New Website Launching Soon

Justine Lee, PSRC Technology Committee Chair
Justine Lee
PSRC Technology Committee Chair
The PSRC Tech Committee is working on revamping our website with a facelift! Our goal is to have a modern, responsive site that is informative, easily updatable, and aesthetic. Some of the newer items that you may notice on the site include our new projects of the year including the monthly Best Papers Initiative (in partnership with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal), New Member Spotlights, and the Technology Development Subcommittee efforts.
Best Papers Initiative Tech Development New Member Spotlight

Hosted by Dr. Dominik Duscher young plastic surgeons and researchers gathered in the TranslaTUM - Center for Translational Cancer Research in Munich, Germany, in August for the 11th EPSRC Meeting, the leading conference for basic, translational and clinical plastic and aesthetic surgery research in Europe. The secret of EPSRC's success as an outstanding meeting is based on the presentation of high-quality research in all fields of plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in an informal environment with world-renowned experts. Read More

PSRC 2020 Annual Meeting in Toronto: Submit Your Abstract and Notice

The abstract submission site for the upcoming Plastic Surgery Research Council's 65th Annual Meeting is open! Please prepare to submit your best work for consideration.

As the PSRC 2020 Annual Meeting will take place outside of the United States, entry requirements into Canada will apply. United States citizens must obtain a passport and/or should ensure their passport is valid through anticipated travel dates. Please see the Chair Message or visit the Annual Meeting website for more 2020 meeting details.

Jorge Lujan-Hernandez, MD
Jorge Lujan-Hernandez, MD
How PSRC can help your application to PRS residency.
The PSRC is a critical stage and opportunity for US/foreign trainees aiming to match in PRS residency. We have asked Dr. Lujan-Hernandez - a PRS resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and PSRC member- to share his own experience and some advice.

The PSRC is the prime community of plastic surgery research that joins scientists from different backgrounds with the interest in advancing our field. It has been for many of us the opportunity to “get our feet wet” and understand the current topics in plastic surgery research.

My first PSRC meeting and presentation was at the 2014 event in New York City. One of my most memorable moments was signing up to the conference's basketball tournament and playing alongside Dr. Peter Taub, the president and organizer of the meeting. That basketball game turned out years later into a research collaboration and subsequently into an interview for residency in New York. Similarly, the PSRC social events gave me a chance to meet other important leaders in our field and be mentored about life and surgery. Read More

PSRC Mentorship Committee Update

Arin Greene, MD, Mentorship Committee Chair The Mentorship Committee added 10 new members for a total of 18 members for the 2019-2020 year. The Mentorship Program has continued to expand each year and has it largest class of mentees (n=67) and mentors (n=48) this year. The program now includes matches between mid-career and senior plastic surgeons, in collaboration with the Cannon Society of the AAPS. Mentees continue to cite the program as a significant reason for their desire to join the PSRC. We are looking forward to the annual Mentorship Reception at the upcoming meeting in Toronto. A request for nominations for the Mentorship Award Speaker during the reception will be sent out to the membership this fall.
Arin Greene, MD
Committee Chair

Michael Sorkin, MD, Resident, University of Michigan
Michael Sorkin, MD
Resident, University of Michigan
I am extremely grateful for the support provided by the Plastic Surgery Foundation through the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery (NEPS) award, which has allowed me to spend one year of dedicated research under the mentorship of Dr. Benjamin Levi in the Burn/Wound/Regeneration Medicine Laboratory at the University of Michigan. During this time, I conducted research focusing on the role of inflammation in the formation of heterotopic ossification (HO). HO is a condition that is commonly encountered in patients following severe burn injuries, combat trauma or after routine operative procedures (e.g. hip replacements) which can lead to high patient morbidity and diminished quality of life. Treatment is extremely challenging due limited modalities and high recurrence rates posing an unexplored research opportunity. Using a previously established animal model of trauma induced HO we were able to characterize the inflammatory response and identify pathophysiologic pathways through which inflammation promotes HO. With NEPS funding we were able to employ cutting edge technology, including high throughput single cell RNA sequencing that facilitated the identification of previously unreported mesenchymal stem cells and macrophage subpopulations which are critical in the disease process. Finally, we demonstrated the efficacy of a novel therapeutic target that effectively decreased HO formation. Read More

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD
Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine

What was your light bulb moment / turning point into research?
I first fell for research during my undergrad honors thesis. That was the first time I had complete independence in my research plans. The freedom to form questions that mattered to me, determine how to test them, and then learn the answers was invigorating. Research carries more meaning when it is your own and you are not simply a cog in the wheel following another's passion. Research is a powerful tool that makes the world better! After finishing fellowship, I sought to find a research topic that had not yet received a lot of focus... that is how I found terminal Schwann cells. Read More

Osteoprotegrin reduces osteoclast resorption activity without affecting osteogenesis on nanoparticulate mineralized collagen scaffolds.
Xiaoyan Ren, Russell Reid, and Justine Lee - UCLA Plastic Surgery

In their recent report in Science Advances published in June 2019, Dr. Justine Lee and her laboratory at the UCLA Molecular Biology Institute continue to build upon their fascinating work investigating the efficacy of nanoparticulate mineralized collagen glycosaminoglycan (MC-GAG) scaffolds as stimulators of bone regeneration. Read about their novel approach to regulating osteoclast differentiation to increase activation of osteogenic mediators. Their groundbreaking findings demonstrate that expression of osteoprotegrin can inhibit osteoclast activity while osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal cells on a MC-GAG scaffold remain largely unaffected, suggesting that the two processes can be separated to augment bone regeneration. We encourage you to read the entirety of their manuscript. Read More

Upcoming Dates & Important Deadlines

Plastic Surgery Research Council 65th Annual Meeting
Abstract Deadline: November 17, 2019
May 28-31, 2020
15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress
February 4-6, 2020
31st European Association of Plastic Surgeons Abstract Deadline
Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2019
May 28-30, 2020
9th Annual EURAPS Research Council Meeting
Abstract Deadline: March 1, 2020
May 27-28, 2020
Plastic Surgery Foundation Grant Application Deadline
December 3, 2019
99th Annual Meeting American Association of Plastic Surgeons
May 2-5, 2020

PSRC News Staff

Derrick Wan, Editor
Derrick Wan
Joseph Catapano, Assistant Editor
Joseph Catapano
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Paige Fox, Assistant Editor
Paige Fox
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Noopur Gangopadhyay, Assistant Editor
Noopur Gangopadhyay
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Giorgio Giatsidis, Assistant Editor
Giorgio Giatsidis
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