London scientists awarded prestigious Charles S. Neer Award for Clinical Science

A team of London researchers have been awarded the Charles S. Neer Award for Clinical Science for their development of a test that can accurately identify propionibacterium acnes (P Acnes) infection of the shoulder within 24 hours. The Charles S. Neer Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the areas of shoulder and elbow surgical research in North America

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The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons association has awarded a team of London researchers the 2017 Charles S. Neer Award for Clinical Science, one of the most prestigious awards in the areas of shoulder and elbow surgical research in North America.

The award recognizes the scientists’ development of the PCR-RFLP (polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism) assay, a test that can accurately identify Propionibacterium acnes (P acnes) infection of the shoulder within 24 hours. Current methods take an average of six or more days, and are prone to sample contamination and false-positive results.

“We are incredibly honoured to receive this award,” says Dr. David O’Gorman, Lawson scientist, Co-Director of Molecular and Cellular Research at the Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre (HULC) at St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and senior author of the publication. “We believe it illustrates the high quality of research being done at Lawson and marks the beginning of another clinically relevant research program at HULC.”

>Find the full artile on the Lawson Health Research Institute website

 

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