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2016-10-XX  NIH SBIR Grant
Our HandLab, in partnership with Pressure Profile System (PPS), LLC, receives a SBIR grant (R43XXXXX) to develop a negative pressure device to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Dr. Jae Son, President of PPS, will lead the development of wrist-aid device, and Dr. Zong-Ming Li at the Cleveland Clinic HandLab will carry out scientific studies to investigate the efficacy of device.

2016-04-15  Half century of carpal tunnel syndrome
In 1966, half-a-century ago, George S. Phalen, MD, a Cleveland Clinic surgeon, published a landmark article on carpal tunnel syndrome on its anatomical, epidemiological, histological, and clinical features (Phalen GS, J Bone Joint Surg Am 48 (2): 211-228, 1966). 
For more than half a century, Cleveland Clinic has been a leader in improving the understanding and management of carpal tunnel syndrome. It was George S. Phalen, MD, a Cleveland Clinic surgeon, who brought needed attention to carpal tunnel syndrome in the 1960s. Dr. Phalen is the namesake of Phalen’s Maneuver which is routinely used to this day for carpal tunnel syndrome diagnosis. In one of his seminal articles, Dr. Phalen reported on the anatomical, epidemiological, histological, and clinical features of carpal tunnel syndrome (Phalen GS, J Bone Joint Surg Am 48 (2): 211-228, 1966). This article was recently highlighted by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery as JBJS Classics: George Phalen, Master CraftsmanAfter 50 years, Dr. Phalen's article remains the best source of information on carpal tunnel syndrome. Our Hand Research Laboratory is proud to continue the strong tradition of carpal tunnel syndrome research at Cleveland Clinic.

2016-06-15  Cutting Edge symposium No. 16

2016-04-15  Publication milestone
Our lab has reached the milestone of publishing the 100th paper! 
The winner is:

2016-03-15  International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons 
The 15th International Symposium on Ligaments & Tendons (ISL&T-XV) was held in Orlando, Florida on March 4, 2016. 
This year's symposium attracted more than 140 participants from 16 countries. The purpose of the ISL&T has been to promote ligament and tendon research by providing a forum to discuss state-of-the-art research in the field. The symposium series has placed an emphasis on bringing together bioengineers, biologists, and clinician scientists to stimulate thought-provoking discussions on current research and future collaborations. Dr. Zong-Ming Li, together with Dr. Patrick Yung and Dr. Savio Woo, co-chaired the symposium.
Thumb-up participants at the ISL&T-XV, Orlando, Florida, March 4, 2016


2016-02-08  Happy Chinese New Year!
HandLab wishes everyone a very happy New Year of Monkey!

2015-11-15  JBJS Classics: George Phalen, Master Craftsman
In the reviewing the orthopaedic significance of classic JBJS articles, a classic 1966 JBJS article by Dr. George S. Phalen remains the best source of information on carpal tunnel syndrome. 
Click here to read the review.

 "Best of ORS" poster presented at the AAOS conference in Orlando, FL on March 2, 2016

William H. Seitz, Jr., MD
Thursday, September 10 
Since its inception in 1946, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand has grown around a consistently common thread of commitment to fill a void and solve a problem previously unmanageable. At the end of World War II, there were no specialists to whom returning servicemen could turn toward to restore function in their severely injured upper limbs.  The need to solve those complex problems was the germ that sprouted the birth of the Hand Society.  Built around volunteerism, intellectual and scientific curiosity, and a team-based approach to solving heretofore-unsolvable problems, a culture of excellence was born which still permeates all that we do.  It is the prime ingredient in the “special sauce” that sets the ASSH apart from all other professional societies. A look back at our evolution, including the challenges our members and society have faced, how we have managed these issues, and the advances that have resulted, provides a glimpse of how we may address the future.  Key advances, breakthroughs, decisions, and processes have become the foundation upon which we have continuously built our future.  Today we are faced with new challenges, some of which are physiologic and others, which are cultural, social, or governmental, and at times may seem insurmountable.  Yet, the culture of our society continues to attract incredibly committed, brilliant, talented, and ingenious new members who constantly infuse our organization with even richer, stronger and more robust “DNA” to ensure the perpetuation of that culture of excellence, through which we will rise to meet and surmount new challenges.   The process of conducting a strategic review and developing a strategic plan for the future of our society has been enlightening and provides great insight into the essence and the future of the Hand Society. Our strategic plan has been built around our five pillars: Education, Research, Practice, Outreach and Institutional Excellence.  We are poised and ready to meet new hurdles, to improve the lives of our patients, and to enhance the careers of our members through the preservation, enhancement, and propagation of our “culture of excellence.”

I had the honor and privilege to being the Program Chair for the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Surgery of the Hands. President Bill Sietz selected me to organize his meeting with a focus on the practice of hand surgery. It was held in Seattle, Washington under beautiful sunny skies for the entire week. It featured over 2,700 attended of which 440 were from other countries.

201X-XX-XX  JMBE Editor

2015-06-15  DO Foundation
Link to program

2015-XX-XX  Shanghai OTR
Link to program

2015-XX-XX  Reviewer for Changjiang Scholar

2015-XX-XX  Visiting KFFJ

2015-XX-XX  Beijing Summit and Symposium


By J. William Littler 1973

HandLab Updates

2015-03-17  Dr. Li inducted to AIMBE’s College of Fellows (Link)

2014-11-01  Zong-Ming Li, PhD, as Guest Editor of JWS (Link)

2014-10-15  HWBI Symposium 2015 (Link)

2014-10-10  A Hand in Research to feature student excellence (Link)

2014-08-10  Finger motion on “The Power of Every One"  (YouTube)

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2013-11-15    Editorial Services
Dr. Zong-Ming Li is appointed as the Associate Editor for Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER) after serving as an Editorial Board Member for 9 years. Dr. Li also serves as an Associate Editor an 4 other journals including Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, , Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology, and Journal of Wrist Surgery. 
2013-07-15    WACBE President
Dr. Zong-Ming Li serves as the President for the World Association for Chinese Biomedical Engineers (WACBE), effective on July 1, 2013 for two years. WACBE was officially established in 2004 by Professor Savio L-Y. Woo
The mission of our HandLab is to
Our laboratory performs orthopaedic biomechanics and rehabilitation research of the hand and upper extremity. Currently, our research activities focus on carpal tunnel mechanics and hand sensorimotor function with a clinical focus on carpal tunnel syndrome. Our work related to carpal tunnel mechanics involves studying the material and mechanical properties of the transverse carpal ligament (i.e. the volar boundary of the carpal tunnel), investigating the structural properties of the carpal tunnel, and creating a computational model for the tunnel complex. Related to hand sensorimotor function, we have been examining the pathomechanics and pathophysiology associated with carpal tunnel syndrome. Our laboratory is outfitted with cutting edge bioengineering technology including motion analysis, ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electromyography (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG), robotics, and computational modeling.


[2007-05-15] OREF Award: Frank E. Raymond Memorial Research Grant -- pdf

[2007-02-01] Hand Research on Restore -- pdf

[2006-10-15] Point-of-View article "Functional Degrees of Freedom" -- pdf

[2005-04-20] Hand Research on Aircast -- pdf


Intramural Collaborators

Ahmet Erdemir, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Peter J. Evans, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic Surgery

Juliet Hou, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic Surgery

Richard Lederman, MD, PhD, Neurology

Ela Plow, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Kathleen Riley, PhD, Center for Integrative Medicine

William H. Seitz Jr., MD, Orthopaedic Surgery
Yuji Umeda, MD, PhD, Orthopaedic Surgery

D. Geoffrey Vince, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Xiaofeng Wang, PhD, Quantitive Health Sciences

Extramural Collaborators

Nancy A. Baker, DSc, OTR/L, University of Pittsburgh
Janis Daly, PhD, University of Florida
Edward Diao, MD, University of California, San Francisco
Mathieu Domalain, PhD, University of Poitiers, France
Sebastian Gehrmann, MD, Heinrich-Heine University, Germany
Mark L. Latash, PhD, Penn State University

Ke Li, PhD, Shandong University, China

Svetlana Pundik, MD, Case Western Reserve University

Jae Son, PhD, Pressure Profile Systems
Anne Su, PhD, Cleveland Statue University

Savio L-Y. Woo, PhD, DSc, DEng, University of Pittsburgh
Guang Yue, PhD, Kessler Foundation

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HWBI gratefully acknowledges our sponsors.

International Society of Biomechanics

 William H. Seitz, Jr, MD

Medartis Australia

Brisbane Hand & Upper Limb Clinic

HWBI abstract submission now open at ISB congress website (click here)

Symposium flyer (PDFJPG)

HWBI hosts 11th symposium in conjunction with ISB 2017 Congress.




HWBI abstract submission now open at ISB congress website (click here)

Symposium flyer (PDFJPG)

HWBI hosts 11th symposium in conjunction with ISB 2017 Congress.