NIHR i4i committee has approved Prof Andrew Carr’s application entitled “A novel electrospun patch to augment rotator cuff tendon repair” - Oxford BioPatch. The Oxford Biopatch is an innovative solution for rotator cuff repair which promotes rapid regrowth of tendon tissue and could transform the success of shoulder repair operations. Speaking about the award Prof Carr stated that “The monies from the NIHR are invaluable to investigate whether a nanofiber surgical patch invented in Oxford can improve the outcome of surgery for tendon repair in the shoulder and we are looking forward to discovering if the technology can improve patient recovery”.
NIHR HTA committee has approved Prof Sion Glyn-Jones application entitled “Managing Avascular Necrosis Treatments: An Interventional Study” MANTIS. This will be looking at the debilitating affect that Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the hip occurs in younger people and how this may be managed by an effective drug treatment. Lead Researcher Prof Sion Glyn Jones states that “With this support from NIHR we have the opportunity to find an effective drug treatment for this condition could improve the quality of life for thousands of young people”
NIHR RfPB committee has approved Prof Abhilash Jain and his application entitled “Nail Injury Analysis Trial” NINJA. This will be looking into childrens’ fingertip injuries which is the most common surgically treated paediatric hand injury with 10,000 operations performed every year in the UK. Despite this there are no published randomized controlled trials (RCT) looking at surgical interventions and NINJA is the first multi-centre RCT looking at ways to improve surgical outcomes in these patients. On receiving confirmation of the award Prof Jain stated “This award from NIHR will allow us to evaluate two differing repair techniques with the intention of advising best practice to clinicians for future Injuries”.