Meyer
Award

CREATED BY RESORTHO

Meyer Award

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.

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BYLAWS

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.

D. C. Meyer

PARTNERING SOCIETIES

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

Society

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.»


EUROPEAN FEDERATION OF NATIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF ORTHOPAEDICS AND TRAUMATOLOGY

Society

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Peter Günther

«EFORT is grateful for the announcement of this extraordinary award supporting fundamental achievements in musculoskeletal medicine.»


AUSTRALIAN ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION

Society

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.»

JAPANESE ORTHOPAEDIC ASSOCIATION

Society

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.»

SWISS ORTHOPAEDICS

Society

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.»

RESORTHO FOUNDATION

Society

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.»

Jury

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.

2021
Jury

Olivier Borens

Swiss Orthopaedics

Jury

Jesse C. Delee

RESORTHO

Jury

Claudio Dora

Swiss Orthopaedics

Jury

Eugene T. Ek

AOA

Jury

Klaus-Peter Günther

EFORT

Jury

Joseph P. Iannotti

AAOS

Jury

Philippe Neyret

EFORT

Jury

Mitsuo Ochi

JOA

Jury

Jon J.P. Warner

AAOS

Examples

Examples of discoveries, innovations and disruptions which have transformed orthopaedics.

1846

First successful general anesthesia

William T. Green Morton

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1865

Antisepsis

Joseph Lister

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1878

First arthrodesis

Eduard Albert

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1874/1928

Discovery of Penicillin

Theodor Billroth/Alexander Fleming

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1882

First tendon transfer

Carl Nicoladoni

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1891

First femoral head replacement with ivory Prosthesis

Themistokles Gluck

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1912

Arthroscopy of the Knee (cadavers)

Severin Nordentoft

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1921

Arthroscopy of the Knee (patients)

Eugen Bircher

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1931

Intramedullary Rod for long bone fractures

Gerhard Küntscher

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1934

The medical record

Ernest A. Codman

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1943

The metallic Hip

Austin Moore

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1953

Hinged, cemented, total knee

Bijrje Walldius

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1953

The Harrington Rod (Scoliosis treatment)

Paul Randall Harrington

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1955

Poliomyelitis Vaccine

Jonas Edward Salk

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1950ies

Distraction Osteogenesis

Gawriil A. Ilizarov

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1950ies

Microsurgery

Harry J. Buncke

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1958

AO/ASIF

Maurice E. Müller/Hans Willenegger/Martin Allgöwer

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1960ies

Low friction Total Hip Replacement/ Polymethyl methacrylate in Orthopapaedics/ Compression Arthrodesis

Sir John Charnley

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1961

Oral Polyomyelitis vaccine

Albert Sabin

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1971

Unconstrained total knee replacement

Frank Gunston

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1980ies

Crosslinking of polyethylene/ Cementfree acetabular component

William H. Harris

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1980ies

Operative Arthroscopy

David Dandy/Robert Jackson

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1985

Locked intramedullary nailing

Ivan Kempf/Arsène Grosse

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1987

Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty

Paul Grammont

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THE RESORTHO FOUNDATION

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.

NEWS/EVENTS

News

15.1.2021

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!

15.12.2020

In Honor of Dominik C. Meyer

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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.

Upcoming Events

20.5.2021

Annual Meeting of JOA

The annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association JOA takes place in Tokyo, Japan from May 20 - 23, 2021.

23.6.2021

Annual Meeting of Swiss Orthopaedics

The annual Meeting of Swiss Orthopaedics Fribourg, Switzerland from June 23 - 25, 2021.

30.6.2021

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.

31.8.2021

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.

7.11.2021

Annual Meeting of the AOA

The annual Meeting of the Australian Orthopaedic Association AOA takes place in Melbourne from November 7 - 11, 2021.