News : 2011 : February

Orthopaedic Trauma Division and METRC’s $66 million Grant

Dr. Gregory Zych, Christine E. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Trauma, Professor and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma in the Department of Orthopaedics and Associate Chairman for Clinical Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is pleased to announce that the University of Miami Ryder Trauma Center was identified as one of the core clinical sites for the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC), a $66 million grant awarded to METRC by the Department of Defense.

METRC is a network of clinical centers and data-coordinating centers that work together with the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and the Orthopaedic Extremity Trauma Research Program to conduct multi-center clinical research studies relevant to the treatment and outcomes of orthopaedic trauma sustained in the military. The goal of the Consortium is to produce the evidence needed to establish treatment guidelines for the optimal care of the wounded warrior and ultimately improve the clinical, functional and quality of life outcomes of both service members and civilians who sustain high energy trauma to the extremities.
The project will be spearheaded by Dr. Gregory Zych who will serve as Principal Investigator and Dr. James Hutson, Co-Investigator. To facilitate the administration of the project, Dinorah Rodriguez, RN, Clinical Research Associate will be responsible for registering, obtaining informed consent, enrolling patients into each clinical trial, coordinating the collection of baseline and follow up data and transferring these data to the coordinating center via a secure web based data management system.

Dr. Zych states “we are very excited about the collaboration with METRC, the LEAP study has established significant foundation for the assessment of severe extremity trauma and this consortium enables further investigation into some specific aspects of these critically important injuries to victims of trauma”.