2016 News

2016-11-01 HWBI and IFSSH

Hand biomechanics panel discussion at IFSSH 2017 Congress

2016-06-22 HandLab and Cavaliers Championship

Our HandLab members celebrated among a crowd of approximately 1.3 million after the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first-ever NBA Championship. Despite being down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series against the reigning league champion, Golden State Warriors, the Cavaliers fought their way to three straight wins, including a 93-89 championship-clinching win in Game 7 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. By beating Golden State, the Cavaliers became the first team to ever overcome a 3-1 series deficit in the NBA Finals and win the championship. LeBron James led the team to fulfill his promise to bring a NBA title to Cleveland.

2016-06-10 Cutting Edge 2016

The 16th Annual New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery: The Cutting Edge With Advancing Translational Research was held at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on June 5-7, 2016. William H. Seitz Jr., MD and Zong-Ming Li, PhD were co-directors of the symposium which focused on providing an introduction to the latest advancements in the care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. This year's meeting featured a resident/fellow symposium, invited faculty presentations, and hands-on skills workshops. Dr. Li was among the faculty presenters and other HandLab members participated in the meeting by presenting at the fellow symposium and volunteering throughout the event. Click here to access the symposium website.

2016-06-08 Advisory Board Meeting for NIH Grant

This year marked the first annual Advisory Board meeting for the NIH-funded project “Biomechanical Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome” (R01AR068278). A unique aspect of our project is the inclusion of a distinguished Advisory Board of physicians and therapists with expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome to provide consultation and guidance on the project. The Advisory Board is composed of William H. Seitz Jr., MD (Chair), Nancy A. Baker, PhD, Edward Diao, MD, and Lee Berger, MD. The Principal Investigator, Dr. Zong-Ming Li presented the overall objective and specific aims of the project, reported on the progress in Year 1, as well as outlined the plans for Year 2. Together with Co-Investigators (Ahmet Erdemir, PhD, Juliet Hou, MD) and HandLab members, our group discussed ongoing projects and the clinical direction of the research to ensure successful development of the treatment model. The meeting took place on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the InterContinental Hotel at the Cleveland Clinic main campus.

2016-06-07 Improving Management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

[A news article from Cleveland Clinic ConsultQD] In the tradition of George Phalen, MD, Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Hand Research Laboratory (Hand Lab) continue to generate insights to improve our understanding and management of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). We recently presented a study that offers potential breakthroughs in managing CTS at the annual meetings of the Orthopaedic Research Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Our Hand Lab research team has been working to identify alternative strategies that relieve carpal tunnel pressure without severing the transverse carpal ligament. To this end, we have explored a novel concept that involves increasing carpal tunnel volume via the manipulation of carpal tunnel geometry and carpal tunnel mechanics.


2016-03-10 Hand research as Best of ORS

Our HandLab study, titled “In vivo reduction in carpal tunnel pressure during radioulnar wrist compression,” was "Best of ORS" in the Hand and Wrist category at the Orthopaedic Research Society annual meeting, March 5-8, 2016. As the "Best of ORS", it was selected to display at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in Orlando, March 1-5, 2016.
"Best of ORS" poster selected to display at the AAOS conference in Orlando, FL on March 2, 2016

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. Our HandLab gave two podium presentations -- (1) Impact of incremental flexor retinaculum release on carpal tunnel compliance (by Rubina Ratnaparkhi), and (2) Transverse carpal ligament and tendon interaction in the carpal tunnel (by Tamara Marquardt). Dr. Zong-Ming Li, together with Dr. Patrick Yung and Dr. Savio Woo, co-chaired the symposium.

=> Click here for the program book => Click here for the ISL&T website.

Thumb-up participants at the ISL&T-XV, Orlando, Florida, March 4, 2016

2016-01-26 Heartbeats: 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.