Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles to Host Broken Forearm Lab for Independent Science Research Students

For Immediate Release

Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles to Host Broken Forearm Lab for Independent Science Research Students

Greenwich, CT, March 2008 On Monday, March 17th, the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles in Cos Cob, CT., will be host to 25 students from Gorton High School in Yonkers, NY for a Broken Forearm Lab. The lab reflects the Foundations Mission of education in orthopaedics and sports medicine and further supports its goal of providing students with an understanding of surgical techniques and encouraging students to consider a career in medicine. The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles is proud to partner with Synthes Corporation and Pacific Research / Sawbones and is additionally grateful to the Bert and Betsy Pulitzer Family for their support in offering this lab.

The students attending the lab are members of the Independent Science Research Program at Gorton High School in Yonkers, NY. With support from SUNY / Albany the program affords students the opportunity to participate in the community of scientific research and scholarship as part of their high school experience. It furthers excellence in performance and achievement while drawing from the developing scientific capabilities in a broad spectrum of the student body. In keeping with the students demonstrated abilities and the Foundations high standards for such labs, the program will educate the participants on current surgical techniques for repairing broken forearms. The students will use actual surgical drills, plates and screws to mend broken bones in realistic but synthetic forearms.

The students will be guided by Dr. Kevin Plancher, the Chairman of the Board of the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles and a well known orthopaedic surgeon. Accompanying Dr. Plancher and assisting the students will be Dr. Michael Schwartz, Dr. Jessy Sekhon and Dr. Mary Ann Gardner.

The Foundation is pleased to welcome Mr. Gene Wurth, President and CEO of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), as an observer. OREF is the preeminent independent organization raising funds to support research and education on diseases and injuries of bones, joints, nerves, and muscles. OREF-funded research enhances clinical care, leading to improved health, increased activity, and a better quality of life for patients.

The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles is a non-profit foundation whose mission is research and education in orthopaedics, sports medicine and musculoskeletal diseases. The Foundation houses one of the largest, private bio-skills labs on the east coast.

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