A University of Rochester M.D. /Ph.D. student won first place in a video contest sponsored by the Orthopaedic Research Society, for a three-minute film using simple images and narration to explain how our lives are touched by the study of the musculoskeletal system.
Youssef Farhat’s own research is aimed at reducing or eliminating scar tissue in hands. But in his film -- Who Cares About Orthopaedic Research? – Farhat explains that orthopaedic conditions like fractures, arthritis, back pain, and cancer, have an impact on nearly everyone at some point from birth to old age. He works in the Center for Musculoskeletal Research at the UR Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and is pursuing a doctorate in biomedical engineering in the lab of Hani A. Awad, Ph.D.
The ORS created the Video Outreach Competition to make science more accessible to the public. Farhat will be honored at the ORS annual meeting this weekend in San Antonio, Texas, which is expected to be attended by approximately 2,500 orthopaedic scientists.
“Scientists are famous for being difficult to understand due to the specialized nature of their work, and this video competition was a great way to spread awareness of what researchers do and why it’s important,” Farhat said. “I am indebted to my family, friends and colleagues at the University of Rochester for their support. However, making a video is one thing – actually doing the work is another – and all those who are funding and conducting important medical research deserve much more praise than me. I hope my video encourages more investment in orthopaedic research so that we can all have a better future.”
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