Life and Research after OrACORe-Interview with Bhushan Deshpande

  • August 22, 2018

  Bhushan is a former OrACORe research assistant and a current MD candidate at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He spoke with me about his plans and research experiences, before and after OrACORe.   ECL: What have you been doing since you left OrACORe? BD: I was a research assistant from January 2014 to July 2016 and then started medical school…

Interview with Lindsey MacFarlane, MD

  • May 23, 2018

  Lindsey MacFarlane, MD, completed a postdoctoral fellowship through OrACORe's COMET T32 training program in 2018. She joins the faculty in Rheumatology at BWH and HMS this spring.   ECL: What has been the recent focus of your research, and have you seen it change in the past few years? LM: I’ve always had an interest in OA (osteoarthritis), a common…

Launch of the TeMPO Trial

  • February 2, 2018

ECL: First, can you give us an overview of the TeMPO trial in your own words? Why are we conducting this study? What do we want to know? JS: TeMPO is a randomized controlled trial of treatments for degenerative meniscal tear among adults who also have mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis. All the treatments are non-operative, including strengthening exercises and physical therapy…

Interview with Brittney Luc-Harkey, PhD, ATC

  • October 12, 2017

ECL: What has been the biggest adjustment for you in coming to OrACORe? Surprises? Things you’ve had to learn on the fly? BLH: My work here is very different from what my PhD work involved. All my dissertation work was in a laboratory setting, with much more hands-on data collection involved. I took a comprehensive approach to studying underlying physiological…

Interview with Statistician Jamie E. Collins, PhD

  • August 25, 2017

Jamie E. Collins, PhD (JEC) Senior Statistician at OrACORe Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Harvard Medical School Emma C. Lape (ECL)   ECL: Can you tell us about your new grant? What is the mechanism and goal of the award? What are the aims of your project? JC: The Rheumatology Research Foundation has career development awards for junior investigators. The…

Experiences as a First-year OrACORe RA: Interview with Yusi Gong

  • April 12, 2017

  Yusi Gong joined OrACORe as a research assistant this past June after graduating from Tufts. Yusi spoke with me about her experiences in the first year at OrACORe. ECL: Can you tell us a bit about your background? YG: To take you all the way back, I was born in China and grew up in Acton, Mass. In high school,…

Operation Walk Boston: 10th Annual Trip

  • April 12, 2017

The Operation Walk Boston team performs free joint replacement surgeries for patients in the Dominican Republic. Interview with Chief Operating Officer Roya Ghazinouri, PT, DPT, MS Emma C. Lape (ECL) Roya Ghazinouri (RG)   ECL: What are the goals of the trip? How have they changed (if at all), looking back as you complete the 10th annual trip? RG: The…

Orthopedics Research in Uganda: Interview with Kristin Alves, MD

  • March 1, 2017

Kristin Alves is a T-32 postdoctoral training fellow at OrACORe. This February, she left on an eight-week trip to Uganda to study gluteal fibrosis, an unusual disease with a high prevalence among children in parts of the country. Kristin talked with me about the unanswered question that inspired her project, and the joys and challenges of global surgery research. Emma…

V-Day February Event 2017

  • February 1, 2017

Announcing the 2nd Annual BWH OrACORe V-Day February Event     When: Friday, February 10th, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Where: Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, followed by refreshments in the 15 Francis Street rotunda What: Moderated conversation about the role of hospitals in caring for survivors of campus sexual assault. The event will begin with…

Spotlight on the OA Risk Calculator (OA Risk C)

  • January 10, 2017

The Osteoarthritis Risk Calculator (OA Risk C) is an interactive, web-based tool that presents users with their personalized risk of OA, based on demographic and basic personal information input by the users. Risk calculators have been used as an education tool in conditions like heart disease and diabetes, but no risk calculator existed for OA before the one created by…

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