TSRHC

Research Divisions - Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction

The Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction is made up of four research divisions: the Division of Tissue Adaptation and Neogenesis, the Division of Skeletal Fixation Systems Design, the Division of Clinical Implementation and Data Management and the Division of Clinical Applications and Training.

Division of Tissue Adaptation and Neogenesis

The Division of Tissue Adaptation and Neogenesis, led by Dr. Marina Makarov, focuses on the areas of new bone formation under the influence of tensional stresses and soft tissue adaptation to gradual traction during distraction osteogenesis. This division manages all experimental studies and allows the hospital';s researchers and physicians to analyze and better understand the fundamental biological mechanisms of limb lengthening and reconstruction.

Division of Skeletal Fixation Systems Design

The Division of Skeletal Fixation Systems Design, directed by Dr. Mikhail Samchukov, coordinates the new design, development, testing and implementation of TRUE/LOK External Fixation System. One of the current goals of the division is to develop a new modular external fixation system for acute fracture reduction, gradual deformity correction and lengthening. 

Division of Clinical Implementation and Data Management

Led by Dr. Alexander Cherkashin, the Division of Clinical Implementation and Data Management coordinates all outcome studies involving computer-assisted collection, storage and analysis of clinical data. The division continues working on preoperative planning program, LegPERFECT®, which already proved to provide comprehensive planning and precise monitoring of surgical procedures. All these advancements will help create a foundation for multicenter clinical studies with the goal to improve the effectiveness of pediatric limb reconstruction around the world.

Division of Clinical Applications and Training

The Division of Clinical Applications and Training, directed by Dr. John Birch, allows for efficient collaboration between research and clinical staff in the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction. The division manages all retrospective and prospective clinical studies on limb lengthening and reconstruction and supervises all clinical training in the field. This supervision will enable the center to move forward in expanding knowledge about limb lengthening and reconstruction.