Fellowships at AO Research Institute Davos

Whitaker Fellowship in AO Research Institute Davos

21 September 2016

In conjunction with the Whitaker International Program, the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI)​ was pleased to host the Whitaker pre-doctoral research fellowship of Rose Long​ for the period August 2015-July 2016 and the Whitaker post-doctoral research fellowship Jason Inzana for the period January 2015–February 2016

Rose Long
Rose Long joined the AO Research Institute Davos during her doctoral studies at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai under the leadership of Dr James Iatridis in New York, USA. In the words of Rose: “My fellowship at the AO Research Institute Davos enabled me to participate in a large animal in vivo study with surgeons, veterinarians, scientists and engineers. I was able to pursue a separate project where I learned new techniques such as cell culture, gene expression analysis and histology. I was also able to apply my biomechanics experience in a new model in a cross-disciplinary and multi-cultural environment. My colleagues were brilliant and respectful, and the facilities were well-maintained.  I felt freedom to explore scientifically with strong leadership and guidance as needed. This fellowship added considerable value to my doctoral studies and I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the future.”


Jason Inzana
Jason Inzana joined AO Research Institute Davos after his successful PhD defense as a member of Prof Hani Awad, Prof Stephen Kates and Prof Edward Schwarz teams at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY, USA. In the words of Jason: "I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to perform my post-doctoral fellowship at the AO Research Institute Davos. It was an ideal setting to grow as an orthopedic scientist and engineer as well as to develop personally and broaden my perspectives in the highly multicultural and cross-disciplinary environment. All of the people at the AO Research Institute Davos were wonderful to work with and the facilities were top notch. Overall, my experience was educational, challenging, and a great deal of fun!"

During his stay in AO Research Institute Davos Jason was a member of the Biomedical Development Program and gained experience in finite element analysis, biomechanical testing and high-resolution imaging techniques. He especially developed computational tools for systematic investigation of proximal humerus fracture fixation and performed in-vitro biomechanical characterization to validate finite element models of implant biomechanics at this anatomical location.

Both of these fellowships were in line with the AO Research Institute Davos's mission for excellence in applied Preclinical Research and Development within trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and translation of this knowledge to achieve more effective patient care worldwide.

We thank both Rose and Jason very much for their fruitful Whitaker fellowships at the AO Research Institute Davos and wish them all the best for the future! 

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