Issue: November 2020
November 04, 2020
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EFORT recognizes awardees of its first Virtual EFORT Congress

High-quality science from a new online educational challenge

Issue: November 2020
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A congress is as good as its scientific program. Therefore, each EFORT Annual Congress, even a virtual one, relies on the high-quality content from orthopaedic and traumatology physicians and researchers from Europe and worldwide.

The EFORT Scientific Awards are selected among the many experimental and clinical studies submitted for the Congress. On top of our long-established Free Paper and Jacques Duparc (Best Posters) Awards, in 2018 EFORT introduced the Michael Freeman Award. It was created in memory of Prof. Michael Freeman, FRCS, one of the founding fathers of EFORT and EFORT president from 1994 to 1995, after he passed away in September 2017. The award honors his lifetime contribution to both the European and the international orthopaedic community.

In 2020, despite the particular context given by the global COVID-19 pandemic, EFORT, as the European leading platform for musculoskeletal research, implemented a new initiative focusing on the inclusion within the scientific program of the Congress of the best oral presentation from each National Member Society. Indeed, to showcase the best current orthopaedics and traumatology work to the widest audience of surgeons in Europe, each EFORT National Member Society was invited to choose their Best National Paper candidate through a transparent process following their own selection criteria. These pieces of work correspond to complete research studies unpublished at the time of selection by the corresponding national society.

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The first Virtual EFORT Congress award winners are as follows:

EFORT Free Paper Awards - Orthopaedics

The 40 best-rated free papers, 20 each in orthopaedics and trauma, were given the option of competing for the EFORT Free Paper Award. Among all submitted presentations, the EFORT Award Committee chose the winners in each of the two categories. Winners also received a financial reward (gold: 750 euro; silver: 500 euro; bronze: 250 euro).

Gold Orthopaedics Abstract:
Oral Tranexamic Acid For An Additional 24 Hours Post-Operatively Versus A Single Pre-Operative Intravenous Dose At Reducing Blood Loss For Total Knee Replacement And Total Hip Replacement - Results Of A Randomised Controlled Trial (TRAC-24)

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Authors: Paul Magill (1), Janet Hill (1), Leeann Bryce (1), Al Dorman (1), Rosie Hogg (1), Christina Campbell (2), Gary Benson (3), David Beverland (1) | 1. Primary Joint Unit, Belfast, United Kingdom | 2. Northern Ireland Clinical Trials Unit, Belfast, United Kingdom | 3. Regional Haematology Unit, Belfast, United Kingdom

Silver Orthopaedics Abstract:
7-Year Radiographic And Clinical Follow-Up Of Vitamin E-Diffused Polyethylene Liners In Total Hip Arthroplasty: Findings From A Prospective, International, Multicenter Study Of 977 Patients

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Authors: Austin Collins (1), Nicholas Sauder (1), Yhan Colon Iban (1), Isabella Florissi (1), David Shin (1), James Huddleston (2), Anders Troelsen (3), Henrik Malchau (4), Charles Bragdon (1) | 1. Harris Orthopaedic Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA | 2. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, USA | 3. Clinical Orthopaedic Research Hvidovre, Department of Orthopaedics, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Hvidovre, Denmark | 4. Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Molndal, Sweden

Bronze Orthopaedics Abstract:
Risk Of Revision In Total Hip Arthroplasty With Ceramic-On-Polyethylene And Metal-On-Polyethylene Bearings – Results From A Common Database From Four Countries

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Authors: Claus Varnum (1), Alma Becic Pedersen (2), Johan Kärrholm (3), Ola Rolfson (3), Anne Marie Fenstad (4), Ove Furnes (4), Geir Hallan (4), Antti Eskelinen (5), Keijo Mäkelä (6), Søren Overgaard (7) | 1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vejle Hospital | Vejle | Denmark | 2. Aarhus University Hospital, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus, Denmark | 3. Department of Orthopaedics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden | 4. Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway | 5. Coxa Hospital of Joint Replacement, Tampere, Finland | 6. Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland | 7. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark

EFORT Free Paper Awards - Trauma

Gold Trauma Abstract:
Association Of CHA2DS2-VASc Score With Stroke, Thromboembolism And Death In Hip Fracture Patients With Or Without Atrial Fibrillation: A Nationwide Cohort Study

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Authors: Thomas Johannesson Hjelholt (1), Søren Paaske Johnsen (2), Peter Krogh Brynningsen (3), Alma Becic Pedersen (4) | 1. Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus N, Denmark | 2. Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aalborg, Denmark | 3. Danish Center for Clinical Health Services Research, Aarhus N, Denmark | 4. Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus N, Denmark

Silver Trauma Abstract:
Outcomes After Hip Fractures Sustained In Hospital: A Propensity-Score Matched Cohort Study

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Authors: Haseeb Khawar, Simon Craxford, Ben Marson, Habib Rahman, Benjamin Ollivere | Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Bronze Trauma Abstract:
One or Three-Weeks Immobilization Period In Proximal Humeral Fractures Conservatively Treated. Prospective Randomized Study

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Authors: Raquel Martínez-Torregrosa (1), Fernando Santana-Perez (2), Carlos Torrens-Canovas (2) | 1. Hospital de Igualada, Consorci Sanitari de l’Anoia, Barcelona, Spain | 2. Hospital del Mar, Parc de Salut Mar, Barcelona, Spain

EFORT Jacques Duparc Awards

Among the 30 best-rated poster abstracts submitted to the EFORT Congress, those with the 10 best scores receive the Jacques Duparc Award, which includes a grant of 250 euro and a certificate to acknowledge the work.

The Need For Contralateral Total Knee Arthroplasty Depends On BMI. Authors: Matthieu Zingg, Hermès Miozzari, Didier Hannouche, Anne Lübekke | Geneva University Hospitals, Geneva, Switzerland

No Difference In Clinical Outcome Between A Well-Established Total Knee Arthroplasty Design And Its Successor: A Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Trial. Authors: Georg Hauer, Nina Hoerlesberger, Sebastian Klim, Gerwin Bernhardt, Stefan Fischerauer, Andreas Leithner, Patrick Sadoghi | Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria

Can Intermittent Teriparatide Facilitate Supraphysiological-Rate Distraction Osteoegenesis? A Feasibility Study In The Rabbit Tibial Lengthening Model. Authors: Siddhartha Sharma (1), John Khing (1), Pebam Sudesh (1), Mandeep Dhillon (1), Praveer Sihota (2), Ramnaresh Yadav (2), Naveen Kumar (2) | 1. Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India | 2. Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, India

Estimation Of Ligament Strains In A Cadaveric Knee Model- Conventional ACL Reconstruction Vs Lateral Augmentation. Authors: Sara Farshidfar (1), Thomas Neri (2), Samuel Grasso (2), David Parker (2), Joseph Cadman (1), Richard Appleyard (1), Danè Dabirrahmani (1) | 1. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia | 2. Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute, Sydney, Australia

Muscular Contracture Plays Only A Minor Role In The Development Of Posttraumatic Joint Stiffness (PTJS) – A Randomized Study In A Rat Model. Authors: Andreas Baranowski, Ekaterina Slotina, Tim Mickan, Sebastian Truffel, Ulrike Ritz, Stefan G. Mattyasovszky, Philipp Drees, Pol Rommens | University Medical Center Mainz, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Mainz, Germany

Initiating Range Of Motion Exercises Within 24 Hours Following Total Knee Arthroplasty Affects The Reduction Of Postoperative Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Authors: Kentaro Iwakiri, Yoichi Ohta, Akio Kobayashi | Shiraniwa Hospital, Ikoma, Japan

Intermediated-Term Outcomes Of Casting Versus Deltoid Ligament Repair In SER Type IV Equivalent Ankle Fracture: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Study. Authors: Chamnanni Rungprai (1), Yantarat Sripanich (2), Piriya Panichpibool (1) | 1. Department of Orthopaedics, Bangkok, Thailand | 2. Phramongkutklao Hospital and College of Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand

Thiazolidinediones And Fractures In Men And Women. Authors: Christiana Zidrou, Anastasios Beletsiotis | 2nd Orthopaedic Department, G.Papageorgiou General Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece

Patellar Resurfacing Does Not Improve Clinical Outcome In Patients With Symptomatic Tricompartmental Knee Osteoarthritis. An RCT Study Of 40 Patients Receiving Primary Cruciate Retaining Total Knee. Authors: Tom Van Raaij, Evelien Van Der Meij, Astrid De Vries, Jos Van Raay | Martini Hospital, Department of Orthopedics, Groningen, The Netherlands

Unlimited Source Of Chondrocyte-Like Cells: How Far Are We? Authors: Ewelina Stelcer (1), Magdalena Richter (2), Tomasz Trzeciak (2), Katarzyna Kulcenty (1), Marcin Rucinski (3), Karol Jopek (3), Wiktoria Suchorska (1) | 1. Greater Poland Cancer Centre, Poznan, Poland | 2. Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland | 3. Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland

Michael Freeman Award

With the Michael Freeman Award, EFORT recognizes an outstanding scientific contribution related to knee biomechanics, kindly supported by Medacta International SA. The award comes with a financial reward of 3,000 euro.

Knee Biomechanics during Ramp Walking After a Total Knee Arthroplasty With Either a Medial Pivot or Posterior Stabilized Implant

Abstract EFORT eScience presentation | Author(s): Mario Lamontagne, Erik Kowalski, Geoffrey Dervin | University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

Best National Paper initiative

To involve all the EFORT National Member Societies in the scientific content building of the congress and stimulate the focus on high quality science by creating a research culture within the EFORT community, selected abstracts from each country were forwarded to EFORT for further consideration in the Best National Paper competition. From 24 submitted abstracts, the corresponding ePoster presentations followed a reviewing process coordinated by the EFORT Science Committee to select six research projects and include them in the final scientific highlighted live session of the first Virtual EFORT Congress program. The Best National Paper was selected live by an audience via real-time voting during the highlighted oral session held on Friday 30 October 2020 at 16:30 CET.

The Virtual EFORT Congress 2020 participants for the oral session were as follows:

Best National Paper - Italy | Risk factors for anterior cruciate ligament injuries: Report from a genetics study. Authors: Francesco Mattia Uboldi (1), Andrea Fabio Manunta (1), Roberto Pinna Nossai (1), Jacopo Cannas (1), Stefano Perego (1), Massimiliano Salvi (2), Myosotsa Massidda (3), Carla Maria Calo (3) | 1. Università degli Studi di Sassari, Sassari, Italy | 2. Clinica Polispecialistica Sant’Elena, Cagliari, Italia | 3. Università degli Studi di Cagliari, Cagliari, Italia

Best National Paper - Poland | Prospective Comparison of Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes of the Treatment of Thoracolumbar A3 & A4 (AO) Burst Fractures without Neurology. Open vs. Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Instrumentation vs. Vertebral Augmentation with Expandable Implants. Authors: Marek Roclawski (1), Rafal Pankowski (1), Wojciech Kloc (2), Stanislaw Adamski (3), Sergiusz Bielocerkowski (1), Adam Augustyniak (1), Marcin Ceynowa (1), Tomasz Mazurek (1) | 1. Medical University of Gdansk, Department of Orthopaedics, Copernicus PL, AO Spine Center, Gdansk, Poland | 2. Department of Neurosurgery, Copernicus PL, AO Spine Center Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Warmia and Mazury, Gdansk, Poland | 3. Department of Neurosurgery, Copernicus PL | AO Spine Center, Gdansk, Poland

Winner Best National Paper 2020 - Sweden | Is the Risk of Revision after Arthroplasty Surgery Associated with Specific Gene Loci? A Genome-Wide Association Study of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in 1,130 Arthroplasty-Treated Twins. Authors: Anders Brüggemann (1), Niclas Eriksson (2), Nancy L Pedersen (3), Karl Michaëlsson (1), Nils P Hailer (1) | 1. Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden | 2. Uppsala Clinical Research Center, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden | 3. Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Winner Best National Paper 2020 - Switzerland | Augmented Reality Guided Periacetabular Osteotomy – Proof of Concept. Authors: Pascal Kiarostami, Cyrill Dennler, Simon Roner, Reto Sutter, Philipp Fürnstahl, Mazda Farshad, Stefan Rahm, Patrick Zingg | Balgrist University Hospital, Zürich, Switzerland

Best National Paper - The Netherlands | Reconstruction or Primary Non-Operative Treatment for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture? A Multicenter Randomized Trial. Authors: Vincent Eggerding (1), Duncan Meuffels (1), Eline Van Es (1), Ewoud Van Arkel (2), Igor Van Den Brand (3), Joost Van Linge (4), Jacco Zijl (5), Sita Bierma-Zeinstra (6), Max Reijman (6) | 1. Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | 2. Mc Haaglanden, The Hague, The Netherlands | 3. ETZ, Tilburg, The Netherlands | 4. RdGG, Delft, The Netherlands | 5. Saint Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands | 6. Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Best National Paper - United Kingdom | A Randomised Control Trial of Naïve Medical Students Performing a Shoulder Joint Clinical Examination; Textbook Versus Seminar Versus Video. Authors: Paul Brewer (1), Malek Racy (1), Matthew Hampton (1), Faisal Mushaq (2), James Tomlinson (1), Fazal Ali (3) | 1. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield, United Kingdom | 2. The University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom | 3. Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Chesterfield, United Kingdom.