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July 22, 2011

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July 22, 2011

As an Orthopaedic surgeon, I know how difficult it is for repair large bone defect in patients, as a researcher, I know how difficult it is for an early stage investigator to get founded. It is Airlift research foundation provided me a grant and gave me this chance to continue doing my research project aims at exploring methods of repairing severely damaged bone and cartilage with stem cells. Here I want to thank all the supporters to this foundation and hope more people can join us to support this foundation together.

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2010 when I submitted my application to this foundation

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support more researcher each year.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

To fund research and champion awareness that improves the care of military and civilian survivors of traumatic extremity injuries.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 20, 2011

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July 20, 2011

I am a researcher in bone repair and regeneration. I had quite experience with the foundation. The airlift foundation was formerly aircast foundation, which supported orthopedic research. I submitted my proposals to them three times, it was not funded. But the feedback helped me continue to improve my research quality. In 2009, the foundation restructured and focused on orthopedic research on wounded soldiers. Fortunately, my research was eventually funded by airlift research foundation in 2009. In this project, I proposed to study on anti-infection and bone regeneration. More fortunately, when I had personal interaction with the injured soldiers and their families in the meetings the foundation organized, I started to realize the real impact on injured soldiers and civilians my research may have. I am also very glad that I could share my experience with my trainees and colleagues.

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June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

I am close to several friends who are currently serving in the military. Whenever they return from duty, they tell their stories about the horrors of combat and about fellow soldiers who were either killed or seriously injured. Upon their return home, those who survived must cope with their injuries. A lot of the time those injuries involve bones and limbs. Overcoming such disabilities is a crucial step in order to return to a “normal” lifestyle, whether that involves returning to service or simply learning how to walk again. The Airlift Research Foundation has helped fund the research I am performing on bone regeneration in order to treat those who suffered limb trauma. My research focuses on developing a non-invasive method of regenerating new bone. Such a method would not require surgery and would bypass the obstacle of finding suitable bone grafts. If successful, such a method would greatly facilitate the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers, decrease recovery time and complications, and increase the quality of life of trauma patients. I am excited by the thought that my work may one day help countless trauma victims get their lives back together, and I am very thankful that the Airlift organization is helping to make this dream possible.

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my research on bone regeneration.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 30, 2010

My grandfather served in World War II as a young adult. His ship, the U.S.S. Corry, was the first and only ship to sink at the attack on D-Day. He was not seriously injured, but the reality of losing life or limb was prevalent among his shipmates and friends serving as soldiers. I have met several war veterans who try to return to a “normal life” and succumb to having to take up a different trade based upon an unfortunate ailment. This research endeavor, which is partially supported by the Airlift Research Foundation, not only benefits rectifying an individual’s physical disability, but it also presents the opportunity for returning to a “normal life.” Normalcy includes both career and family life, from typing on a keyboard with both hands to holding a child. This research project is especially personal to me for the wide range of applications. Bone restorations from facial trauma to missing appendages will one day be a reality as a result of this project. This ambition is what keeps me moving forward each day as a student researcher. I am excited to be working for such a dedicated organization toward a goal that can and will immediately help thousands in need.

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my research in bone regeneration.

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2010

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June 30, 2010

When my parents brought me to live in Kuwait in the 1990’s, evidence of the Gulf War was everywhere. The war-torn little country had been ransacked and ravaged, and though the fighting was over the trauma of that time would never be. Now, ten years later, I am back in the United States, in the Houston Medical Center, where I work this summer on a research project that is of paramount importance to me. In scientific terms, the goal of my summer research, which is partially supported by the Airlift Research Foundation, is to characterize and compare different materials for synthetic bone grafts to treat combat-related and civilian large-scale bone injury. What makes this work meaningful, though, is not just that I might better understand the chemical effects of different scaffolds. The true goal of my research is to better understand how to help people – real people who are suffering the way I saw people suffer when I was growing up in the Middle East. The beauty of this research is in its universal application: people of all nations will benefit from what I discover. This work excites me because I grasp its importance – every day when I come into the lab I picture those men and women and children whose entire lives could change for the better because of it. Spending my childhood in a country fresh out of war made me see suffering as part of the human condition. This research, though, helps me realize that it doesn’t have to be.

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My research in bone regeneration and drug delivery.

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2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 30, 2010

The Airlift Research Foundation's mission is one of need to advance recovery of injured military personnel and civilians who sustain blast-related injuries. The research being conducted will have a direct impact to those sustaining injury and will ultimately result in improved well being. As your investigators develop their research and obtain future support, inital funding provided by the Airlift Research Foundation will continually evolve as a contribution to those recovering from blast-related injuries. Central to the Airlift Research Foundation's mission is the willingness to improve the reovery and quality of life from such injuries.

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Witnessing the grant review process and understanding the impact that funded studies will one day contribute to the direct care of those injured.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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