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Recipient Name Institution Research Topic Award Amount
Michael Alperovich Yale School of Medicine Role of Genetics on Neurocognitive Outcomes in Nonsyndromic Craniosynotosis $6,750.00
Melissa Daniel University of Michigan A novel controlled release neovascularization device facilitates incorporation of non vascularized bone grafts within Irradiated Fields $8,700.00
Ruth Tevlin Stanford University The Influence of Schwann Cell Signaling in Skeletal Stem Cell Activation in a Mouse Model of Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis $7,450.00
Robin Yang Johns Hopkins Medicine Building an Automated Workflow for Cooperatively Controlled Robotic Mandibular Surgery $7,500.00
Joanna Ledwon Lurie Childrens "The Role of SCRIB Gene in the Pathophysiology of Non-Syndromic Multi-Suture Craniosynostosis" $8,000
Ananth Murthy Childrens Hospital Medical Center of Akron "Microcartilage-engineered 3D Ear Scaffolds for External Ear Reconstruction" $8,000
Gina Sacks University of Michigan "Utilization of Pharmacologic and Cell Based Therapies to Mitigate Radiation Induced Damage in Non-vascularized Bone Grafting" $9,000
Yang Chai Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC "Utilizing Umbilical Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Implanted 3D-Printed Absorbable Scaffolds in the Repair of Alveolar Cleft" $5,000
Kristopher Day
Co-Investigator: Raymond Harshbarger
University of Texas Austin Enhanced Recovery after Orthognathic Surgery Using Liposomal Bupivacaine: A Randomized Controlled Trial $6,000.00
Reza Jarrahy
Co-Investigator: Akishhoge Hokugo
UCLA Medical Center Therapeutic potential and safety of controlled release of BMP-2 by peptide amphiphile nanofibers for craniofacial bone regeneration $6,000.00
John Persing Yale School of Medicine The Functional Connectivity Abnormalities in Infants Born with Sagittal Craniosyntosis $6,000.00
Patrick Smits
Co-Investigator: Arin Greene
Boston Children's Hospital Generation of a conditional knock in mouse model for capillary malformation $7,000
Phuong Nguyen University of Pennsylvania Human Gingiva-Devired Mesenchymal Stem Cells enriched with Induced Neural Crest Stem-Like Cells as Bio-Ink for 3D Scaffold-free Nerve Construct in a Facial Nerve Injury Model  
Michael Hu Stanford University Macrophage Transplantation for Treatment of Cranial Defects  
David Steven Foulad UCLA Harnessing the Osteogenic Impact of Calcium and Phosphate Minerals on Stem Cells  
Navid Pourtaheri Case Western Reserve University Development of a Novel Muscle Tissue Regeneration Product for the Treatment of Ocular and Craniofacial Volumetric Muscle Loss  
Sumanas Jordan, MD   In Vivo Evaluation of 3D-Printed Electroconductive Graphene Composites for Osteogenic, Myogenic, and Neurogenic Regeneration  
Michael Chung, MD   Modulation of Cell Proliferation and Differentiantion by TAK1 Signaling in Regeneratin of the Craniofacial Skeleton/td>  
Alexis Donneys, MD   Accelatoin of Bone Regeneration in Large Segmental Defects of the Irradiated Mandible Utilizing Angiogenic Nanoparticles Coupled with Adipose Derived Stem Cells/td>  
Reza Jarrahy, MD   Alveolar Bone Regeneration with Low Dose BMP-2 is Amplified by Peptide Amphiphile Nanofibers Mixed with Injectable Collagen Slurry/td>  
Ettinger Russell   Mitigation of Radiation Induced Injury in Non-vascularized Bone Graft Reconstruction of the Murine Mandible using a Novel Lyophilized Deferoxamine Nanoparticle $7,900
Hu Michael   Peripheral Blood-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Novel Activators of HIF for the Treatment of Cranial Defects $7,000
Jarrahy Reza   Bone repair by a new "Smart Scaffold" maintaining angiogenesis and chemotactic properties of stem cells $6,000
Kumar Anand   Regeneration of Vascularized and Functional Bone Using a Collagen-Hydroxyapatite Nanoscaffold System with $6,000
Ranganathan Kavitha   Isolating the Progenitor Population Responsible for Development and Regeneration of the Craniofacial Skeleton $6,100
Alexis Donneys   Testing the Efficacy of a Novel Implantable Angiogenic Stimulant for Enhancing Mandibular Pathologic Fracture Reconstruction after Radiation Exposure. $9,000
David Hindin   Electrospun Soy Scaffolds for Tissue Engineered Skin Regeneration of the Face $7,000
Michael Hu   Peripheral blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of cranial defects $6,177
Edward Swanson   Engineering of a prefabricated osteocutaneous flap for the reconstruction of cranio-maxillofacial defects in a murine model: Evaluating optimal bone generation using either a novel hydrogel scaffold or cranial allograft bone functionalized with rhBMP2 and muscle derived progenitor cells. $7,000
Ruth Tevlin   Rejuvenation of aged skeletal stem cell niches with application of defined exogenous morphogens $8,000
Amir Dorafshar   Regenerating Vascularized Bone Using Bioactive Scaffolds. $6,000
Reza Jarrahy   Large-Scale Bone Regeneration Using a Novel Chemotactic Regenerative Scaffold $7,000
James McCarthy   mRNA & In Vivo Vascular Changes in Hemangiomas Following Beta Blockers $8,000
Raymond Harshbarger   Genomic Analyis of Non-Syndromic Sagittal Synostosis in Hispanic Patients $6,000
Joseph Shin   Investigation of Somatic Mutations in Congenital Craniofacial Anomalies $6,000
Sagar Deshpande   Assaying the Clinical Utility of Deferozamine for Head and Neck Cancer Reconstruction by Testing its Effect on Cancer Metastasis and Proliferation $5,000
Anand Kumar, MD   Unlocking the Potential of Human Muscle Derived Cells in Pathologic Heterotopic Ossification as a Source of Craniofacial Bone Generation: A Translational Model Studying the Effects of Mechanotransduction and Inflammatory Mediators on Osteogenic Differentiation. $6,000
Spiessl Award
Evan Matros   Development of a new PRO for measuring outcomes in face transplant patients $4,100
Michael S. Gart, MD   Primacy of Propranolol or Steroids for Treatment of Hemangiomas $5,775
Jose J. Rodriguez, MD   The Effect of Combined Bone Marrow Stromal Cells and Intermittent Parathyroid Hormone Therapy on Pathologic Fracture Healing after Radiotherapy $5,775
Sunil Tholpady   Modulation of the Mechanosensitive Gene Sclerostin to Accelerate Craniofacial Bone Healing $5,775
James P. Bradley   Study of Craniofacial Disorders through Investigation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells $5,775
John A. Persing, MD   Whole Exome Sequencing to Reveal De Novo Mutations in Sagittal Craniosynstosis $4,800
James Bradley, MD   $7,500
Reza Jarrahy, MD     $7,000
Harvey Chim   Primacy of Propranolol or Steroids for Treatment of Hemangiomas $7,000
Sagar Deshpande   Manufacturing Designer Free Flaps Utilizing a Stem Cell and Autologous Tissue Transformation Approach $6,000
Peter Felice, MD   Optimization of Bone Grafting After Radiotherapy Utilizing Amifostine Prophylaxis to Enable Healing of Critical Size Mandibular Defects in a Murine Model $3,500
Chad Gordon, DO     $3,500
Amanda Gosman, MD     $3,500
Catherine N. Tchanque-Fossuo, MD University of Michigan Medical School Deferoxamine Treatment Bolsters Healing of Alloplastic Bone Graft in Irradiated Murine Mandibular Defect $5,000
David A. Bichara, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Poly(vinyl Alcohol)- Alginate Hydrogel-Based Auricular Engineering in an Ovine Model $5,000
Aaron Farberg, BS University of Michigan Medical School Amifostine and Deferoxamine Combination Therapy in Irradiated Mandibular Distraction Osteogensis $5,000
Alexis Donneys, MD, MS University of Michigan, Department of Plastic Surgery The Effect of Deferoxamine on the Rate of Consolidation in Murine Distraction Osteogensis $5,000
Caroline Szpalski, MD Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center Novel Combinaison therapy for the treatment if critical size bone defects $5,000
S. Alex Rottgers, MD University of Pittsburgh Reconstruction of a Novel Mandible Defect Utilizing Acellular Dermal Matrix (ADM) Printed with Osteogenic Bio-Inks in the Rabbit $5,000
John Persing, MD Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Surgery Assessing Neurocognitive Outcomes in Plagiocephaly using Event-Related Potentials $8000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Walter Sweeney, B.S.   Potential use of siRNA in developing therapeutics for Craniosysnostosis $3,000
Russell Reid, MD, PhD   The Use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields for the Enhancement of the Consolidation Period of Distraction Osteogenesis $3,000
John Persing, MD   The Impact of Surgery on Neurocognitive Outcomes in Craniosynostosis $3,000
David A. Bichara, MD   Porous Polyvinyl Alcohol-Alginate Gel Hybrid Construct for Auricle Reconstruction Using Human Naso-Septal Cells $3,000
Deepak Narayan, MD   Hemangiomas: Stem cell tumors of Pericyte origin $6,390
Aaron S. Farberg, B.S.   Angiogenic Effect of Deferoxamine on Irradiated Mandible in Distraction Osteogenesis $6,390
James P. Bradley, MD   Induced Adipose-derived Stem Cells for Optimizing Craniofacial Defect Healing $6,390
Tatiana Karine Simon Cypel, MD   The Role of Anti-Osteogenic Signalling in the Pathophysiology of Craniosynostosis in Infants $6,830
Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS   Osteointegration of Long Bone (Fibula) and Flat Bone (Mandible) in Composite Tissue Allotransplantation in a Non-Human Primate Model $6,000
Gregory E. Lakin, MD   The Influence of Mechanical Stress on the Phenotypic Variability of Muenke Syndrome Craniosynostosis $6,000
Xi Lin Jing, MD   Radio-cytoprotective Effect of N-acetyle-L-cysteine (NAC) on Irradiated Mandible in Distraction Osteogenesis (DO) $6,000
Gary E. DeCesare, MD   The Use of Printed BMP2 in a Rabbit Calvarial Defect Model $6,000
James P. Bradley, MD   Development of Biomimetic Apatite Coatings to Improve ASC Osteogenesis $6,000
Alero Fregene, MD   Optimizing Vascularity in the Distraction Regenerate Following Therapeutic Radiation $8,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Peter J. Taub, MD   CITED2 in Osteogenesis: An In-Vivo Study $3,250
Christopher R. Spock, MD   MicroRNA and Classification of Hemangiomas $3,250
Catherine K. Huang, MD   The Effects of Vitamin D and Retinoic Acid in Enhancing Osteogenesis of Liposuctioned Fat Derived Stem Cells $3,250
Andreas Groeger, MD   Autologous Cartilaginous Porous Polyethylene Construct for a Tissue Engineered Ear in Vivo $3,250
Joyce C. Chen, MD   Gene Therapy Repair of Cleft Palate in a Congenital Caprine Model $7,500
Alexander C. Allori, MD, MPH   3D Stem Cell Co-Culture for Bone Engineering $7,500
John A. van Aalst, MD, MA   Umbilical Cord Blood-Derived Stem Cell Incorporation into Nanofiber Scaffolds: Induction of Osteogenesis for Craniofacial Defects $10,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
William Gerald Austen, Jr., MD   In Vitro Investigation of Magnet Induced Distraction Osteogenesis $3,580
Keith M. Blechman, MD   Isolation of a Novel Subset of Circulating Osteoblast Progenitor Cells and Characterization of their Function in Fracture Healing $3.58
Russell R. Reid, MD, PhD   Acceleration of Mandibular Distraction-Associated Bony Regenerate Healing by Electrical Field Stimulation $3,580
Catherine K. Huang, MD   Impact of the 3rd Dimension on Osteogenic Differentiation $5,500
Michael Chen, MD   National Outcomes Studies in Craniofacial Surgery $6,680
Oren Z. Lerman, MD   Vascular Protection for the Prevention of Osteoradionecrosis in the Craniofacial Skeleton: The Role of Endothelial Progenitor Cells $7,575
Joseph E. Losee, MD   BMP-2 and Adipose-Derived Stem Cells for Craniofacial Reconstruction $7,500
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Oren Z. Lerman, MD   The Interaction of Circulating Osteoblastic and Endothelial Progenitor Cells in a Rat and Human Model of Distraction Osteogenesis: The Next Paradigm $6,000
Alex Wong, MD   The Effect of Oral HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors on Neovascularization and Survival of Bone Grafts $6,000
Andrea L. Pusic, MD   Microvascular Reconstruction for Advanced-Stage Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Prospective Analysis of Quality of Life and Symptom Relief $6,000
Deborah Yu, MD   Morphologic and Physiologic Differences in the Muscle of Normal and Cleft Goat Palates: Repaired In Utero, a 2 Months, and 6 Months of age $7,075
Brent Schultz, MD   The Molecular Mechanisms of Hemangioma Involution/Generation $7,075
Daniel A. Schwarz, MD   Efficacy of Irradiated Bone Regenerate Salvage $7,850
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Reza Jarrahy, MD   The Impact of Three-Dimensional Culture Upon the Differentiation of Primary Osteoprogenitor Cell Lines $4,000
Joseph E. Losee, MD   Rescue of Premature Suture Fusion Using Noggin Cytokine Therapy in Craniosynostotic Rabbits $4,000
Jonathan M. Winograd, MD   Motor Neuron Transplantation to Enhance Outcome Following Facial Nerve Paralysis $4,000
C. Suzanne Cutter, MD   Prefabrication of Vascularized Bone Constructs Using Stem Cells and Gene Therapy $7,000
Serhat Totan, MD   Improving Distraction Osteogenesis in Three Directions: Anti-Inflammatory, Matrix Relaxation, and Osteogenic Effects of Rho Kinase Inhibition $7,000
Robert D. Galiano, MD   Inductive Therapy of Tissue Engineered Constructs to Assist Healing of Irradiated Tissue Beds $7,000
Artur M. Gevorgyan, MD   Radiation-Induced Craniofacial Bone Growth Retardation: Relationship Between p53 Expression, Apoptosis and Cell Cycle Arrest Following Radiation and Cytoprotection In Vitro $7,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Artur M. Gevorgyan, MD   Radiation-induced Craniofacial Bone Growth Inhibition: In Vitro Investigation of the Molecular Mechanisms and Cytoprotection $7,000
Timothy Johnson, MD   Flexible Tissue Engineered Cartilage Using Culture Expanded Chondrocytes and Swine Intestinal Submucosa $10,000
Serhat Totan, MD   Heat Shock Proteins as Endogenous Modulators of Bone Formation: A New Aspect of View to the Molecular Mechanisms of Distraction Osteogenesis $6,135
Robert Galiano, MD   Gene Therapy of Free Flaps to Treat Tumors of the Head and Neck $10,000
James Smartt, Jr., MD   Influence of Hydrostatic Compression on Fetal Dural Cells, Calvarial Osteoblasts, and Developing Cranial Sutures $6,500
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Jack C. Yu, MD, DMD   On the Effects of Coronal Synostosis on Sagittal Sutural Morphology by Fractal Analysis of Animal and Human Data $7,500
John Jensen, MD   Effect of Mechanical Stress on RNA Expression of Cultured Osteoblasts $7,500
Curtis L. Cetrulo, Jr., MD   Expanded Endothelial Progentior Cell Therapy for Improved Neovascularization and Bone Regeneration in Distraction Osteogenesis $7,500
Arnold S. Breitbart, MD   Repair of Alveolar Bone Defects using Osteogenically Differentiated Fat-Derived Stem Cells Seeded into Resorbable Ceramic or Polymer Matrices $7,500
Christopher Gerald Williams, MD   Tissue Engineering of Functional Hard-Tissue Replacement in Craniofacial Reconstruction: A ‘Living,’ Injectable Photopolymerizable, Degradable Implant Technology $9,966
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Pravin Patel, MD   Biomechanical Properties at the Ultrastructural Level of the Cranial Vault Sutures in the Rat and Murine Animal Models $5,400
Michael T. Longaker, MD   Dura Mater-Osteoblast Interactions in Calvarial Healing: The Effects of Equibiaxial Strain $6,000
Brian T. Carlsen, MD   Comparison of Resorbable Matrices for Bone Tissue Engineering $7,200
Mohamed M. Abdelaal, MD   Bone Morphagenic Protein Gene Therapy for Prefabricated Osseomyocutaneous Flap for Reconstruction of Cranial Defect in a Rat Model $7,500
Robert D. Galiano, MD   The Augmentation of Distraction Osteogenesis Using Gene Therapy-Medicated Delivery of Osteoinductive Proteins $9,965
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
W. Scott McDonald, MD   The Effect of Anti-VEGF and Anti Beta-FGF Antibodies on Hemangioma Formation in an Animal Model $2,850
Mehrdad Mark Mofid, MD   Memory Alloy Assisted Distraction Osteogenesis of the Rabbit Mandible $2,850
Sunil Tholpady   Quantification of Force Induced Cranial Suture Fusion in a Rat Model $7,000
Joseph Shin, MD   Regulation of Transforming Growth Factor Beta-Type III Receptor with Mechanical Strain $7,000
Steven R. Buchman, MD   Investigation of the Pattern of Gene Expression in Force-Induced Craniosynostosis $7,000
Jack C. Yu, MD, DMD   The Pattern of Intracellular Calcium Release and Cellular Strain Distribution in Cranial Sutures Under Physiological Tensile Stress: Towards a Theory of Cranial Morphogenesis $5,800
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Eser Yuksel, MD   Combined Gene Therapy for Heterotopic Bone Regeneration: Optimization of Matrix Using Osteocalcin Gene Induction in TGF-B Transected Periosteal Flap $6,829
Atay Atabey, MD   Prefabricated Osteocutaneous & Osteomyocutaneous Arterialized Venous Flaps with Heterotopically Produced Bone by Bone Morphogenetic Protein $6,829
Arun K. Gosain, MD   Modulation of Cranial Suture Fusion Through Alteration of TFG-B Gene Expression In Vivo $8,342
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Michael T. Longaker, MD   Gene Therapy of Mature Dura Mater: Therapeutic Implications for Non-Healing Calvarial Defects $10,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Gary Martinovsky, MD   Identification of the Role of Proteins Involved in Cell Differentiation/Programmed Cell Death in Craniosynostosis $5,000
Deepak Narayan, MD   Analysis of Cytoplasmic Dynein in Head and Neck Melanomas $5,500
Jack C. Yu, MD, DMD   Tension Induced Cellular Strain Causes Plasma Membrane Leakage and Release of FGF-2 from Immature Cranial Sutures $6,500
Eser Yuksel, MD   Gene Therapy for Heterotopic Bone Regeneration: Long-Term Delivery of TFG-B Plasmid $7,500
Steven R. Buchman, MD   Investigation of Local and Global Mechanical Environment on Bone Regeneration Mandibular Distraction Osteogenis $8,500
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
James Chang, MD   Modulation of Hemangioma Growth in the Athymic Mouse: The Role of Angiogenic Growth Factor Therapy  
Steven R. Buchman, MD   Genetic Mechanisms of Force Induced Craniosynostosis  
Tahsin Oguz Acarturk, MD   The Foundation of Facial Muscle Tissue Engineering: Structural Orientation Using Patterned Biomaterials  
Babak J. Mehrara, MD   The Use of TGFB1 Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Critical Sized Calvarial Defects  
Jack C. Yu, MD, DMD   The Effects of Tension and Compression on the Expression of Gap Junction in Neonatal Rat Cranial Sutures Bernd Spiessl
Andrew E. Turk, MD   Autogenous Chondrocyte Culturing for Temporomandibular Joint Reconstruction  
Peter D. Witt, MD   Molecular Basis of Palatal Development: Role of Fgf-8  
William Y. Hoffman, MD   The Response of Masseter Muscle and Periosteum to Mandibular Distraction in the Minipig  
Douglas A. Roth, MD   The Effects of Locally Applied Exogenous Growth Factors in an In Vivo Model Cranial Suture Fusion  
Arun K. Gosain, MD   An Investigation of the Source of Mandibular Osteogenesis: Distraction Osteogenesis Versus Acute Mandibular Lenthening Bernd Spiessl
Jack C. Yu, MD, DMD     Bernd Spiessl
Eric Stelnicki, MD      
Jack C. Yu, MD, DMD      
Fu Shih Pan, MD      
Marco T. J. Amarante, MD     Bernd Spiessl
Raphael C. Lee, MD, ScD   The Mechanochemical Signal Transduction Pathway Responsible for Wolff’s Law $4,000
Jaime R. Garza, MD, DDS   A Finite Element Analysis Model of the Craniofacial Skeleton $4,000
Kant Y. Lin, MD   Characterization of Factors Regulating Suture Patency $10,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
William Y. Hoffman, MD   Endoscopic Repair of Fetal Cleft Lip in a Sheep Model $10,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
John A. Persing, MD     Bernd Spiessl
Keith Page, MD     Bernd Spiessl
John A. Persing, MD     $12,500
(Bernd Spiessl Award)
Jay Pensler, MD   Histological Evaluation of Coronal Synotosis. $10,000
(Bernd Spiessl Award)

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