Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC)
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Brian Gastman, MD, MD, PSRC Chair
Brian Gastman, MD, MD
PSRC Chair

To my friends and colleagues,

What a year, our first PSRC in person meeting, since COVID, in Toronto was such a success, and what a turn out! Having just come back from the European Plastic Surgery Research Council I am doubly energized for where our field is going. I continue to see areas of plastic surgery that so many specialties are interested in but ONLY being investigated by those of us in plastic surgery. Moreover this work is best represented once a year in our national meeting.

Speaking of our national meeting, this coming year’s conference in Cleveland will feature local programming heavily influenced by the best of the Cleveland Clinic with emphasis on how we blend patient care quality, advanced business of medicine, research, education and innovation. CCF, as we call it, is an enormous enterprise with the main campus so large it has its own zip code, not to mention its national (Florida, Nevada) and international (Abu Dhabi, London, Toronto) footprint that continues to be expanded year after year.

Cleveland has a lot going on – the world’s only Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (an hour from the NFL hall of fame); arguably the best free art museum in the US, second only to Broadway - play houses, one of the top symphony’s in the US, famous Chef run restaurants, casinos and with one of the fastest growing populations of 25-35 year old US adults, a huge and growing night-life. Oh and by the way 75% of the US population lives within an 8-hour drive distance and we now have direct flights to almost all mid and major cities in North America. Read More


Geoffrey Hespe
Geoffrey Hespe

Geoffrey Hespe is a 5th year integrated plastic surgery resident at the University of Michigan who completed a PSF funded research year. At the 67th Annual Plastic Surgery Research Council Meeting in Toronto, Canada, Dr. Hespe received a Quick Shot Award for his research investigating the immune cell niche at the injury site and draining lymph node following extremity musculoskeletal trauma. Extremity trauma results in a complex immune response both at the injury site and draining lymph which orchestrates the normal healing process. Utilizing single cell RNA sequencing, flow cytometry and immunohistochemical techniques, he was able to demonstrate that mesenchymal progenitor cells at the injury site communicate with macrophages through Cxcl12-Cxcr4 signaling pathway. Additionally, he was able to identify an increase in TGFβ1-TFGβr2 signaling between macrophages and b-cells in the draining lymph node which may be important following musculoskeletal trauma. Dr. Hespe was inspired to study this topic given lack of targeted therapies to prevent aberrant wound healing following extremity trauma and hopes that a better understanding of the immune cell response well lead to better treatments. His future works looks to further investigate these two aforementioned pathways further utilizing KO models and targeted pharmacological inhibitors to elucidate there importance in this process. Read More


Alison Synder-Warwick
Alison Synder-Warwick, MD

  1. How did you get interested in academic plastic surgery?
    Innovation is integral to Plastic Surgery, and naturally is fueled by creativity. These elements drew me to Plastic Surgery. The ability to innovate, teach, discover, care for patients with challenging problems, stay at the cutting edge of our field, and work with a team made academic plastic surgery appealing for me.

  2. Can you tell us about your exciting work in corneal neurotization? What drew you to this field?
    Corneal neurotization makes a big impact in a patient’s life by protecting or restoring vision. Impacting patients in a meaningful way is always satisfying. Additionally, this procedure combines additional elements that I love—nerves in the face, teamwork, microsurgery, and innovation. What’s not to like?!?

  3. What motivated you to run for president of the PSRC?
    The PSRC is a special organization that champions responsible questioning and discovery while supporting young plastic surgeons and trainees who share a passion for research, and it is near and dear to my heart! The PSRC membership is an incredible group of people who are dedicated to advancing our specialty, both with creative ideas and encouragement for colleagues. I want to help shape our specialty’s future by ensuring the longevity of this forum, emphasizing the importance of research (and surgeon-scientists!) in our field, and helping to elevate tomorrow’s leaders. It is a tremendous honor and highlight of my career to have been trusted with this responsibility!
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Harvey Chim, MD
Harvey Chim, MD

Harvey Chim, MD
Associate Professor
University of Florida

As an early career surgeon or resident, grant funding is essential to initiate research projects and generate preliminary data. Here we will review grant opportunities available to plastic surgeons.

The Plastic Surgery Foundation (PSF) is an excellent source of small grants. Small pilot research grants ($10,000 over 1 year) and larger grants through the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery ($50,000 over 2 years) are offered as well as other specialized grant mechanisms. Many plastic surgeons who have gone on to receive extramural funding were able to generate initial data through PSF grants. The PSF also offers combined pilot grants with other societies, including the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS), American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons (AAPPS), American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS), American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS), American Society for Peripheral Nerve (ASPN), American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) and PSRC. Read More


Melanie Urbanchek, PhD
Melanie Urbanchek, PhD

Why Open Access (OA)?
Research funders want the work they fund to be made available either through depositing in an open access repository or publishing in an open access journal.i Open access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment.ii Funders like the National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and others require OA availability. Thus, OA is reshaping the manner of scholarly publishingiii. OA is the future of scholarly communication.iv Xu and colleagues summarized 228 early career researchers’ opinions regarding reasons for making data openly available.v Most notably, OA is seen to signal credibility, enable reproducibility, and ensure future accessibility.

The three Bs, the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda public statements represent the most highly regarded definitions of OA. Though they differ slightly, the statements essentially say that OA allows users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of works, permitting use for any lawful purpose, if Internet access to the material is possible. OA is not applicable to content for which authors expect financial compensation.vi Read More


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PSRC News Staff

Paige Fox, Editor
Paige Fox
Editor
Harvey Chim, Assistant Editor
Harvey Chim
Assistant Editor
Benjamin Levi, Assistant Editor
Benjamin Levi
Assistant Editor
Christopher Sudduth, Assistant Editor
Christopher Sudduth
Assistant Editor
Melanie Urbanchek, Assistant Editor
Melanie Urbanchek
Assistant Editor