For Discovery, Innovation and Disruption in Orthopaedics.
In honor and memory of Dominik C. Meyer, M.D.
ABOUT THE AWARD
Injury and disease of the musculoskeletal system represent the greatest medical, socioeconomic burden and the most frequent reason for sick leave and the loss of quality of life in the working population.
In the history of musculoskeletal medicine, patients’ destinies have only been fundamentally changed by discoveries and disruptive innovations. Replacement of joint fusions by total joint prostheses, replacement of plaster casting by operative fracture fixation or microsurgical replantation of limbs rather than amputation are examples. Musculoskeletal medicine does not know a worldwide recognition and honor for ideas which have changed patient care. The Meyer Award has been created to do that.
A Jury which is composed of members independently nominated by the most important international societies identifies the most patient relevant discoveries, innovations or disruptions which have been made by living contributors.
The award will be presented for the first time in 2021. The Inaugural prize money is guaranteed to be 30.000 Swiss Francs, but the ResOrtho Foundation tries to raise funds to endow this triennial Award so that the prize money will be no less than 100.000 Swiss Francs, representing by far the most important award available in musculoskeletal medicine.
1. The ResOrtho Foundation offers a Prize to be awarded once every three years for transformatory discoveries, innovations or disruptions in the diagnosis prevention or treatment of pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.
2. The price money is 30.000 Swiss Francs and is offered by the ResOrtho Foundation, a non-for-profit foundation of recognized public interest, devoted to research, teaching and advancement of orthopaedics.
3. The Prize is awarded exclusively for singular discoveries, patient relevant innovations, or paradigm shifting, disruptive new and proven concepts or methods. The prize is not awarded for even substantial evolutionary contributions. Lifetime achievements can only be considered if they fulfill the specific criteria of patient relevant discovery and or paradigm – shifting innovation and or disruption.
4. The prize-worthy contribution must be recognized and implemented on more than one continent.
5. Individuals or teams can apply, candidates can be nominated by individuals or organizations, or by the Jury.
6. The Jury awards the Prize irrevocably; appeal is not possible. The Jury is international and independent. It is composed of two members designated by AAOS, two members designated by EFORT, two members designated by Swiss Orthopaedics, one by the Australian, one by the Japanese Orthopaedic Association and one by the ResOrtho foundation, the latter serving as moderator.
7. If the Jury does not identify a prize-worthy contribution in a threeyear period, the attribution of the prize is deferred by one year. After attribution of the award, the threeyear period restarts.
8. The Prize shall be awarded by the Jury at the Annual Meeting of EFORT or the AAOS in the presence of the President of AAOS and/or EFORT in a suitable ceremony.
9. Invitation and expenses of the guests are at the expense of ResOrtho. The administration and organization of the award is provided by the ResOrtho Foundation.
Dominik C. Meyer
Only exceptionally gifted and passionately curious personalities discover new land, innovate technologies which change medical practice, or successfully change paradigms. Dominik C. Meyer was about to become a game-changer. His premature death due to ALS could only have been prevented with the type and class of discovery and innovation that the Meyer award is honoring.
Dominik C. Meyer was born and grew-up in Zurich, Switzerland. He used the curiosity and talents of a true renaissance man for breeding poison frogs, creating new forms of sound and light that prominently featured at student parties, or in developing novel biomaterials which can be deformed with laser light and observed the earth using drones or self-designed and constructed model airplanes.
He complimented his Medical School curriculum with a diploma in medical physics at the ETH in Zurich. He joined the Department of Orthopaedics at «Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich», discovered why many resorbable bone anchors fail, how fatty infiltration of pennate muscles after tendon tear develops, studied the mechanisms of anterior knee pain, and contributed to the description of the possible role of the acromion in osteoarthritis and shoulder instability. He innovated and patented numerous medical technologies including a new, fascinating alternative to sutures as a means to surgically connect tissues to the body.
His devotion to «Discovery, Innovation and Disruption» makes him a unique role model for any young physician-scientist. His memory is treasured and honored with the Dominik C. Meyer Award.
To ascertain the undisputable international importance and value of the Dominik C. Meyer award, the Jury for the Award is composed of a number of individuals who themselves have contributed at the highest possible level and who are carefully and independently selected by the following organizations.
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEONS
Joseph A. Bosco III, MD, FAAOS
«The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons is honored to participate in the Inaugural Meyer Award. This award recognizes an individual for Discovery, Innovation and Disruption in orthopedic surgery. Our patients and profession have benefitted greatly from our peers who demonstrated the creativity, compassion and courage to create and champion innovative and disruptive procedures. Dr. Meyer’s premature passing deprived our profession of an outstanding clinician, teacher and innovator. I can think of nothing more aligned with the AAOS vision of: “Being the Trusted Leaders in Musculoskeletal health”, than supporting this award.»
With more than 39.000 members, the AAOS is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality of musculoskeletal care for patients and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. Its yearly National Congress, the “Annual Meeting of the AAOS” is by far the largest orthopaedic convention which assembles also more in the world. Notably, there is no other orthopaedic convention which counts more Non-American orthopedists than any other orthopaedic convention in the world.
EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF ORTHOPAEDICS AND TRAUMATOLOGY
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Günther
«EFORT is grateful for the announcement of this extraordinary award supporting fundamental achievements in musculoskeletal medicine.»
The European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology (EFORT) is the platform organization linking Europe‘s national orthopaedic associations. Its aims reflect the will of all the participating associations to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience in the field of prevention and both the conservative and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. To this end, particular emphasis is placed upon activities focusing on education and research. EFORT was established by the national associations for orthopaedics and traumatology from twenty European countries. The Federation was founded in Marentino, Italy, in 1991. Today EFORT includes 41 national societies from 39 countries, as well as 13 associate scientific societies.
AUSTRALIAN ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION
Michael J. Gillespie, MBBS FRACS FAOrthA
«The AOA Board acknowledges the enormous contribution of Professor Meyer to global orthopaedic research and we are pleased to support this award in recognition of his life and work. AOA recognises and highly values the importance of collaborative research in improving patient care. We are proud to be part of this international collaboration and we look forward to congratulating the successful award recipients in the coming years.»
The Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA) is the peak professional organization for orthopaedic surgery in Australia. As a non-for-profit organization it provides high-quality specialist education, training and continuing professional development for Australian orthopaedic surgeons. It is committed to ensuring the highest possible standard of orthopaedic care and is the leading authority in the provision of orthopaedic information to the community as it actively supports scientific research and orthopaedic humanitarian initiatives in Australia and overseas. AOA has nearly 1.850 members, consisting of most orthopaedic consultants and trainees (registrars) in Australian hospitals and spanning all orthopaedic subspecialties.
JAPANESE ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION
Morio Matsumoto, MD, PhD
«I would like to congratulate the ResOrtho Foundation on the establishment of the Dominik C. Meyer award. I believe the award will motivate physician scientists all over the world to create innovative and game-changing research work, thereby, leading to better patient care with orthopaedic problems.»
The Japanese Orthopaedic Association was founded in 1926 in order to promote studies of orthopaedics, presentation of study results, and to strengthen contact and cooperation among organizations and individuals specializing in this discipline. There were 118 members at that time, but subsequently the association developed and currently the number of members exceeds 25.000. The association became a public interest incorporated association in 2011, with the aim of contributing further to the development of orthopaedics and musculoskeletal medicine through research, maintenance of health, prevention of diseases, development of public health in both mind and body mainly through sports medicine, support for the people with disabilities, and extension of social welfare services for the aged.
Prof. Dr. Olivier Borens
«Swiss Orthopaedics is proud to remember and honor one of its members with the Meyer Award which shall recognize and support outstanding musculoskeletal research.»
Swiss Orthopaedics is the Swiss National Society of Orthopaedics representing Swiss orthopaedic and musculoskeletal trauma care. The Society has been founded in 1942 and received its current name and face in 2013. It aims at promoting and guaranteeing highest standards in research, teaching and care of orthopaedic and trauma patients. Throughout history, Switzerland has played a key role in advancing musculoskeletal science and care. In 1780 Jean – André Venel created the first Orthopaedic Hospital in the world in the small Swiss city of Orbe. Theodor Kocher, Maurice E. Müller, Martin Allgöwer, Hans Willenegger, Norbert Gschwend, Erwin Morscher, Werner Müller, Bernhard G. Weber and Reinhold Ganz are only some names to testify of the extraordinary influence and the tradition of musculoskeletal medicine in Switzerland. Swiss orthopaedists were also responsible for bringing medico-technical industry closer to orthopaedic patients’ needs and thereby allowed the translation from discovery to innovation. As a Society, Swiss Orthopaedics aims at maintaining a worldwide co-leadership in advancing and improving orthopaedics. It has sadly lost one of his great talents and hopes with the untimely death of Dominik C. Meyer.
Christian Gerber, MD, FRCS
«It is the the mission of ResOrtho to advance musculokeletal health through research leading to discovery, innovation and disruption. The Meyer Award has been created to honor the most exceptional, contributions to patient care and to motivate physician-scientists to realize their dreams of preventing or healing musculoskeletal injury and disease.»
ResOrtho is a foundation of recognized public interest. It is the organization which has created, funds and organizes the Dominik C. Meyer Award to motivate and recognize persons for discoveries and disruptive innovations which change human musculoskeletal wellbeing.
The depicted Jury will choose the first Meyer Award Winner. All Jury members have been independently selected and appointed by the Societies or Associations partnered with the Award. The Jury member appointed by ResOrtho serves as a moderator of the meetings of the Jury.
Jesse C. Delee
Eugene T. Ek
Joseph P. Iannotti
Jon J.P. Warner
Examples of discoveries, innovations and disruptions which have transformed orthopaedics.
First successful general anesthesia
William T. Green Morton
Discovery of Penicillin
Theodor Billroth/Alexander Fleming
First tendon transfer
First femoral head replacement with ivory Prosthesis
Arthroscopy of the Knee (cadavers)
Arthroscopy of the Knee (patients)
Intramedullary Rod for long bone fractures
The medical record
Ernest A. Codman
The metallic Hip
Hinged, cemented, total knee
The Harrington Rod (Scoliosis treatment)
Paul Randall Harrington
Jonas Edward Salk
Gawriil A. Ilizarov
Harry J. Buncke
Maurice E. Müller/Hans Willenegger/Martin Allgöwer
Low friction Total Hip Replacement/ Polymethyl methacrylate in Orthopapaedics/ Compression Arthrodesis
Sir John Charnley
Oral Polyomyelitis vaccine
Unconstrained total knee replacement
Crosslinking of polyethylene/ Cementfree acetabular component
William H. Harris
David Dandy/Robert Jackson
Locked intramedullary nailing
Ivan Kempf/Arsène Grosse
Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
THE RESORTHO FOUNDATION
The ResOrtho «Research in Orthopaedics» Foundation was created in 2000 by Christian Gerber, M.D. in Zurich, Switzerland. It is a tax exempt non-forprofit organization of recognized public interest. Its activities are based on donations, sponsorships and beneficiary contributions.
With the goal to prevent or cure disease or sequalae of musculoskeletal injury, it is the mission of the Foundation to create and finance optimal research conditions, to enable discovery, research and innovation though support of persons and projects and to ascertain sustainability of progress by educational efforts for future investigational leaders.
The design and construction of the Balgrist Campus, funding of scientific, academic chairs and the creation of the Meyer Award are examples of the activities of the ResOrtho Foundation.
Applications and nominations welcome!
The application period for the inaugural Meyer Award is now open!
If you have changed the life of orthopaedic patients or if you know somebody who has, please let us know! To enter the 2021 competition you need to submit your application or nomination by February 28, 2021. Nominations and applications will be screened for fulfillment of the bylaws (discovery and or paradigm-shifting innovation and or disruption; documented patient benefit; international acceptance) and then forwarded to the Jury. It is expected that the Jury will have selected the awardee(s) by the end of May 2021.
We are looking forward to your submissions!
In Honor of Dominik C. Meyer
Dominik C. Meyer MD, of the Department of Orthopaedics at Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland was a role model for any young physician-scientist. Curious, innovating and ready to shift paradigms. Exactly one year ago, on December 15, 2019, Dominik Meyer succumbed to ALS a hitherto incurable disease.
Eradication of great plagues has historically always been associated with disruptive discoveries and radically new inventions. To honor the rare and exceptional individuals who have changed musculoskeletal medicine, to motivate physician-scientists to search ground-breaking findings rather than incremental improvements, the Meyer Award has been created. It is named after a person who died when he was about to become a game-changer. It is to honor the class and quality of research which would have prevented his death. In his name and his memory, The Meyer Award is launched this December 15, 2020.
Annual Meeting of JOA
The annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association JOA takes place in Tokyo, Japan from May 20 - 23, 2021.
Annual Meeting of Swiss Orthopaedics
The annual Meeting of Swiss Orthopaedics Fribourg, Switzerland from June 23 - 25, 2021.
Annual Meeting of EFORT
The annual Meeting of the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology EFORT takes place in Vienna, Austria from June 30 - July 2, 2021.
Annual Meeting of the AAOS
The annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons AAOS takes place in San Diego, United States from August 31 - September 3, 2021.
Annual Meeting of the AOA
The annual Meeting of the Australian Orthopaedic Association AOA takes place in Melbourne from November 7 - 11, 2021.
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