2019 News

2019-12-12 Where is the carpal tunnel?

2019-12-07 Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run

The Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run 5K is the original festive race for charity. In Tucson, we had a fantastic event and enjoyed every step we take. Together, we aspire to jingle all the way to a cure. In Tucson, Dr. Kent Kwoh is the Medical Honoree of 2019 Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run.
Photo: Drs. Kent Kwoh and Zong-Ming Li

2019-11-25 Congratualtions to Rakshit

Congratulations to Rakshit Shah on his successful defense of his doctoral dissertation!
Photo: Rakshit Shah with Dissertation Committee -- Anne Su, PhD, Kathleen Derwin, PhD, Jason Halloran, PhD (computer screen), Zong-Ming Li, PhD (Chair), Peter Evans, MD, PhD

2019-09-09 HandLab to University of Arizona

Effective August 26, 2019, our Hand Lab relocates to the University of Arizona for continued pursuit of hand research after almost 20-year development at the University of Pittsburgh (2011-2019) and Cleveland Clinic (2009-2019). Dr. Zong-Ming Li joins the University of Arizona as the William and Sylvia Rubin Endowed Chair of Orthopedic Research and a tenured full professor of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering. At the University of Arizona, Dr. Li assumes administrative duties as the Vice Chair for Research in Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Director of Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, and Associate Director of University of Arizona Arthritis Center, and Director of the Hand Research Laboratory. The HandLab looks forward to the exciting opportunity of continuing on and expaning our research to the next level of excellence in Tucson.

2019-05-10 Congratulations to Jeremy

Congratulations to Jeremy Loss on successfully defending his Master’s thesis titled, “Thenar Muscle and Transverse Carpal Ligament Relationship”! Jeremy’s work during his time at the Hand Research Laboratory has focused on the anatomical and biomechanical relationship between the thenar muscles and the transverse carpal ligament to understand their implications on carpal tunnel release surgery. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Jeremy joined the Hand Lab as a graduate student researcher immediately after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Notre Dame in May of 2017. We wish Jeremy all the best in his career!

2019-05-10 Bite the hand that feeds you

The “Bite the hand that feeds you” Team from the Hand Research Laboratory exhibited excellent skill and teamwork by winning 1st place at this year's annual Spring State of BME! Every spring the BME labs are challenged to decorate a cake in 30 minutes. This year’s theme was “Nailed It!” which was to recreate the example cake decorated by a professional baker! It is studying the hand that gave the Hand Lab the ‘Upper Hand’ in creating the winning cake.

2019-04-15 CTS Intervention


[A news article from Cleveland Clinic ConsultQD: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Intervention Improves Symptoms in Two Weeks] A radioulnar wrist compression device significantly relieved symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome in a pilot study, according to an article in the Journal of Orthopaedic Translation. Patients showed significantly increased median nerve mobility, decreased distal motor latency and improved median nerve cross-sectional area after using the device for only two weeks. [Read more here] [Read another related article here]

2019-03-15 Cutting Edge #19

The 19th Annual New Technology in Upper Extremity Surgery: The Cutting Edge With Advancing Translational Research will be held in Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital during June 2-4, 2019. This program will demonstrate new techniques and instrumentation for shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand reconstruction and provide a valuable international forum for global scientific exchange among surgeons and researchers who are interested in upper extremity biomechanics and its clinical applications. [Link to symposium details; Link to PDF file of the program]