Potpourri



2016-01-26  CCHeartbeats: Surgeon regrows boy’s fingers
Thanks to the remarkable care provided by orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Seitz, 3 year-old Declan has been able to “grow” fingers on this left hand. Born without fingers, slowly but surely Declan's bones are re-growing themselves. Dr. Seitz is a clinical staff in our Hand Research Laboratory and is a key co-investigator in our research projects. Our HandLab is fortunate to collaborate with such an inspiring clinician.



2015-12-15  Commencement and congratulations -- Dr. Joseph N. Gabra



2015-09-15  ASSH Presidential Address by Dr. Seitz
Our HandLab clinical member, William H. Seitz, Jr. MD, was the 69th President (2014-2015) of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). On September 10, 2015 during the 70th Annual ASSH Meeting in Seattle, Dr. Seitz delivered the presidential address to over 2700 attendants -- "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Building Upon the Past and Present to Prepare for the Future". Dr. Seitz is the second Cleveland Clinic surgeon who was elected as the ASSH President since the society's inception in 1946. Dr. George S. Phalen (who discovered carpal tunnel syndrome) was the 16th ASSH President (1961-1962). Our HandLab is fortunate to benefit from Dr. Seitz's clinical support for our hand research program with particular focus on carpal tunnel syndrome.
Click here to link to speech article.




2015-08-15  Hand Biomechanics and Orthopedic Translation
Dr. Zong-Ming Li was an invited speaker for the Grand Challenges in Upper Limb Biomechanics Symposium at the American Society of Biomechanics annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio, August 6, 2015. In his opinion, Dr. Li thinks that one of the challenges for biomechanics research is asking the right biomechanics questions for clinical translation.


2015-03-17  Dr. Li as AIMBE Fellow

Zong-Ming Li, PhD, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows. Dr. Li was recognized "for seminal contributions to hand and wrist biomechanics that impact better outcomes for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome."  Read more...

Dr. Li inducted as an AIMBE Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences




2013-08-17  WACBE Presidential Address

As the President of the World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE), Dr. Zong-Ming Li delivered the presidential address at the 6th WACBE World Congress on Bioengineering in Beijing, China, August 5-8, 2013. Read more ...



2013-05-19  Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon
HandLab engineer, Tamara Marquardt, was the first female to cross the finish line in the half marathon event during the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. Link here.
(John Kuntz /The Plain Dealer)



2010-09-20 Hand Research in AAOS NOW
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common hand disorder that affects an estimated 3.7 percent of the general population in the United States. Although the disorder rarely causes serious disability, it can disrupt common daily activities, require time off from work, and result in substantial medical expenses. Currently, a diagnosis of CTS relies largely on subjective, qualitative, or nonspecific methods. Zong-Ming Li, PhD, formerly director of the Hand Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and now with the Cleveland Clinic, received the 2007 Frank E. Raymond Memorial Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) Research Grant for an investigation that may lead to the development of quantitative strategies for diagnosis, rehabilitation, and treatment of CTS. Robert J. Goitz, MD, chief, division of hand and upper extremity surgery, University of Pittsburgh, is co-principal investigator for Dr. Li’s study. Read more ...



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.  




2007-12-04  "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.



2007-08-21 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.