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PIVOT Center Research on Opioid Use Featured

  • December 6, 2017

Brigham Vital Lines offers news for physicians about research and clinical practice at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Vital Lines recently featured research by Dr. Losina and colleagues at the PIVOT Center. The team found that preoperative opioid use was associated with poor pain outcomes 6 months after total knee replacement (TKR) among 156 TKR recipients. The study was published this spring…

Month in Review-September & October 2017

  • October 31, 2017

Looking for the latest from OrACORe? See our recent publications below.   Publications Abbott JH, Usiskin IM, Wilson R, Hansen P, Losina E. The quality-of-life burden of knee osteoarthritis in New Zealand adults: A model-based evaluation. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 24;12(10):e0185676. PMID: 29065119. Teeple E, Collins JE, Shrestha S, Dennerlein JT, Losina E, Katz JN. Outcomes of safe patient handling…

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…

Month in Review-July & August 2017

  • September 5, 2017

Looking for the latest from OrACORe? See our recent publications below.   Publications Qudsi RA, Roberts HJ, Bhashyam AR, Losina E, Bae DS, Alexis F, Dyer GS. A Self-Reported Needs Assessment Survey of Pediatric Orthopaedic Education in Haiti. J Surg Educ. 2017 Aug 29. PMID: 28864264. Yu Z, Lu B, Agosti J, Bitton A, Corrigan C, Fraenkel L, Harrold LR,…

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…

Study Assesses the Impact of Preoperative Opioid Use on TKA Outcomes

  • May 30, 2017

A recent analysis of the impact of preoperative opioid use on outcomes following total knee replacement has generated interest within and outside Brigham and Women's. Subjects who took opioids prior to surgery had smaller reductions in pain at 6 months after surgery than those who took no opioids. The paper was published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. 

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…

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