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This website outlines the research activities at the UK Center for Cartilage Repair and Reconstruction and displays much information for patients that may  be enrolled into some of the ongoing research projects.

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 UK Researcher receives $200,000 Innovative Research Grant from Arthritis Foundation

(January 9, 2012) [Lexington, Kentucky] – Christian Lattermann, M.D., of the University of Kentucky (UK) has been awarded a $200,000 Innovative Research Grant from the Arthritis Foundation.  The purpose of the grant is to help fund cutting edge research that can lead to better treatments for posttraumatic  arthritis in patients after knee joint injuries.  The two year award will fund Lattermann’s research project titled “IL-IRA Treatment in Patients with Acute ACL Tear and Painful Effusions.”


Dr. Lattermann serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at UK.  As Director of the UK-Center for Cartilage Repair and Restoration he has a special interest in patients who develop early arthritis after athletic injuries. This particular grant will allow him to study a novel treatment that potentially can reduce pain and long-term development of arthritis in young patients who suffered a tear of their anterior cruciate ligament. Dr. Lattermann is partnering with Dr. Darren L. Johnson at UK as well as with Dr. Kurt P Spindler (Vanderbilt University) and Virginia B Krauss (Duke University) to perform this research.


The Arthritis Foundation’s mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis.  The Kentucky Branch delivers this mission through efforts in public health, public policy and research.  The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, nonprofit contributor to arthritis research in the world funding over $400 million in research grants since 1948.  There are currently over 1.2 million children and adults with arthritis in Kentucky, one of the highest state prevalence rates in the nation.