News Release

March 14, 2012

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523
e-mail: mmcguire@nso.uchc

Dr. Jay R. Lieberman Honored for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Dr. Jay R. Lieberman, a nationally prominent joint replacement surgeon and director of the New England Musculoskeletal Institute at the University of Connecticut Health Center, was recently awarded the 2012 Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research.

This prestigious honor recognizes Lieberman’s research on the benefits of gene therapy to enhance bone repair.

“Our goal is to develop regional gene therapy as one aspect of a comprehensive tissue engineering strategy to enhance bone repair,” Lieberman explained. “We envision regional gene therapy being used to manage a diverse number of clinical situations associated with bone repair problems including fracture nonunion, spinal fusion and revision total joint replacement.”

The Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award is one of four research awards made annually by the Kappa Delta Sorority and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) to successful scientists who are working to close the gap between basic research and patient treatment and care. All of the awardees, including Lieberman, were honored earlier this month at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The award continues a series of national accolades for Lieberman. In late 2011, he was elected to the presidential line of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). Earlier in 2011, the Orthopaedic Research Society named Lieberman the winner of the Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research. In 2009, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering inducted Lieberman into its College of Fellows and he is also a member of both the prestigious Hip Society and the Knee Society.

At the UConn Health Center, Lieberman sees patients, leads the New England Musculoskeletal Institute and is also a professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Caption: Dr. Jay R. Lieberman, right, accepting the 2012 Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research from Dr. Peter Amadio, chair of the AAOS Research Development Committee, and Neva Cochran of the Kappa Delta Foundation. Photo taken by Hank Steerman for the AAOS.

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