Vail-based research team earns sports medicine awards |

Vail-based research team earns sports medicine awards

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

A research team from the Vail-based Steadman Philippon Research Institute recently received three scientific awards at the 14th Annual European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, and Arthroscopy Annual Congress. The meeting, held in Olso, Norway June 9-12, was the largest sports medicine meeting in the world.

The research awards all involved the understanding of complex, yet common, injuries of the knee. The awards received by the team were: The Nicola Foundation Young Researcher Award, presented to a researcher younger than 40 years of age; The Best Paper in Ligaments and Biomechanics Award; and the Best Poster Award based on scientific merit.

“Receiving the Young Researcher Award was a very humbling experience, while being amongst the world’s best in orthopaedic research,” said Coen A. Wijdicks, PhD, Deputy Director of Biomechanics Research Department and Senior Staff Scientist at Steadman Pillippon. “I accepted the award as a symbol for all of the hard work that my colleagues and I have placed into the complex field of knee injuries.”

Additionally, two papers, one by Karen Briggs, MBA, MPH, director of Clinical Research, and one by Dr. Wijdicks, were among six “Star Papers” selected out of more than 1,000 entries as the best papers of the meeting.

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