An Inside Look at OrACORe’s Newest Study on Inflammation and Osteoarthritis

  • March 19, 2020

Lindsey A. MacFarlane, MD, MPH OrACORe’s newest study, INFORM (Inflammation and Osteoarthritis at the Brigham), is just getting started! Leading the project is Dr. Lindsey A. MacFarlane, MD, MPH, a practicing rheumatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical investigator at OrACORe. She shared her inspiration for studying knee osteoarthritis, details on the INFORM study, and insights into grant…

5 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Val Leifer

  • January 29, 2020

This is the fifth in a series of interviews we are conducting with each of our first-year research assistants about their OrACORe experience so far. Val Leifer began working as an OrACORe research assistant in the summer of 2019, after graduating from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in English.…

V-Day Event: “Caring for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence with Complex Medical Needs: Fostering Resilience” February 6th

  • January 22, 2020

The fifth annual event honoring V-Day will take place on Thursday, Feb. 6th, 4-5:30 p.m., in Bornstein Amphitheater. V-Day is a celebration of female empowerment and is held to recognize, and begin to remedy, issues of violence against women and girls. The Brigham event will occur in concert with hundreds of other V-Day events taking place nationally and internationally. This…

5 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Peter Bensen

  • January 15, 2020

This is the fourth in a series of interviews we are conducting with each of our first-year research assistants about their OrACORe experience so far. Peter Bensen joined OrACORe as a research assistant in the summer of 2019 after returning to the U.S. from Indonesia, where he taught English for a year as a Fulbright scholar. He graduated in 2018…

Changing Health Systems One Step at a Time: Former OrACORe/PIVOT Fellow Organizes Ankle Fracture Educational Program in Partnership with Malawian Providers

  • December 17, 2019

Former OrACORe/PIVOT and COMET T-32 fellow and current orthopaedic surgery resident Dr. Kiran Agarwal-Harding has been traveling to Malawi for over two years now, adding to his research portfolio on global orthopaedic trauma care. In early October, Dr. Agarwal-Harding traveled there again, this time to Lilongwe with a small team of Boston orthopaedic surgeons, including Dr. George Dyer from Brigham…

5 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Michael Zarra

  • December 17, 2019

This is the third in a series of interviews we are conducting with each of our first-year research assistants about their OrACORe experience so far. Michael calls Connecticut his home but enjoys travelling abroad. He spent two trimesters at the University of Oxford during his undergraduate years (photo courtesy of Zarra). Michael Zarra joined OrACORe as a research assistant after…

5 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Kaetlyn Arant

  • November 7, 2019

This is the second in a series of interviews we are conducting with each of our first-year research assistants about their OrACORe experience so far. Kaetlyn Arant joined OrACORe as a research assistant after graduating from Amherst College in 2019 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in biochemistry and biophysics and French. Kaetlyn’s previous research experience was primarily in basic science.…

5 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Emma Williams

  • November 1, 2019

This is the first in a series of interviews we are conducting with each of our first-year research assistants about their OrACORe experience so far. Emma Williams joined the OrACORe team as a research assistant in the summer of 2019, after graduating from Cornell University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in biology and government. At Cornell, Emma worked in the…

OrACORe Director Comments on Safety of Steroid Joint Injections

  • October 17, 2019

A recent study published in Radiology raised concerns about the potential long-term effects of corticosteroid injections on joint degradation when used as treatment for knee osteoarthritis. OrACORe Director Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MSc, commented on the study and its implications for clinical care in a recent WBUR article. As quoted in the story, Katz said, "So for clinicians and patients…

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