2011 & prior

2011-09-26  Carpal tunnel syndrome gets a fresh look
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2011-03-12  Carpal tunnel on Rehabilitation Frontiers
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2009-10-01  HandLab to Cleveland Clinic
Effective on October 1, 2009, the Hand Research Laboratory has a new home at the Cleveland Clinic, after 8-year affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

2008-11-05  Lecture at Harvard
Dr. Zong-Ming Li was invited to lecture on the hand for the Orthopaedic Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School. The photo below is taken in front of the Rembrandt's famous painting at the entrance of the Harvard Medical Library. Rembrandt created this artwork "The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp" in 1632, illustrating the function of the flexor digitorum superficialis in flexing finger joints. The painting signifies the evolvement of medical knowledge from anatomical description to functional understanding. It epitomizes the intellectual atmosphere of the modern theory of movement in physics and biology in the 17th century. From a research standpoint, Rembrandt's painting represents the birth of hand biomechanics.

2007-12-15  A photo review of 2007

2007-12-04  "The Great Hand" at Montessori
Dr. Zong-Ming Li gave a lecture on "The Great Hand" to the Kindergarten Students at the Montessori Centre Academy, Pittsburgh. In return, the students offered their hand prints.

Carpal Tunnel Research: A View Out of the Tunnel
Carpal Tunnel Research: A View Out of the Tunnel
By Elizabeth Hofheinz, MEd., MPH
Orthopedics This Week, Volume 3, Issue 26, August 21, 2007
"Carpal tunnel syndrome remains an area of which there is much to be learned. As director of the Hand Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Zong-Ming Li, Ph.D., focuses on hand sensorimotor function and carpal tunnel mechanics. The details will amaze you."
“We’ve been cutting it for nearly a century, but we really don’t know much about it—the transverse carpal ligament, that is.” So says Zong-Ming Li, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Hand Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. MORE ......

2007-07-15  NIH grant for carpal tunnel mechanics
 Our Hand Lab receives a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support our study of the carpal tunnel. This grant is awarded for 3 years via NIH/NIAMS R03 mechanisms. Dr. Zong-Ming Li is the principal investigator of the project.

2007-06-15  Lecture at Mayo Clinic
Dr. Zong-Ming Li was an invited speaker for the Biomedical Engineering seminar at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine on May 18, 2007. Dr. Li gave a lecture titled "Hand bioengineering and clinical applications." During his stay at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Li visited the reputed Biomechanics Lab and Motion Analysis Laboratory directed by Professor Kai-Nan An and Professor Kenton Kaufman, and had an opportunity to interact with the outstanding orthopaedic researchers.

2007-02-15 OREF Award
Dr. Zong-Ming Li is the recipient of the 2007 Frank E. Raymond Memorial Research Grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). The funded project, "Thumb kinematics and its implication to carpal tunnel syndrome", was top scored and ranked #1 among the 47 applications. The project is to investigate of thumb kinematics actuated by individual hand muscles and understand the functional implication of impaired thenar muscles by carpal tunnel syndrome. 

2007-02-01 Hand Research on ReStore
Our hand research on carpal tunnel syndrome is highlighted in the recent issue of ReStore, a newsletter of University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Click here for the Newsletter.
2007-02-01  ORS Appointment
 Dr. Zong-Ming Li is appointed as the Co-Chair (with Jo Hannafin, MD, PhD) of the Upper Extremity Topic Committee of the Orthopaedic Research Society. Dr. Li serves for a 2-year term (2007-2009).
2007-01-19  Article citation reaches 100
ISI Web of Knowledge indicates that one of our papers has reached 100 citations after its publication for 8 years and 9 months. In general, a paper that has been cited more than 100 times within 5-10 years after publication has made a significant impact. The study approached the "motor redundancy problem" using human fingers as a model (Li ZM, Latash ML, Zatsiorsky VM. Force sharing among fingers as a model of the redundancy problem. Experimental Brain Research 119(3):276-286.1998)

2006-12-15  A photo review of the year