Jason Tucker, M.D.
The Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation has selected Jason Tucker, M.D., as one of three recipients of its 2013 New Investigator Award from the Richard Materson Education Research Fund.
Tucker, a fourth-year resident in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will use the short-term seed grant of $10,000 to investigate the biological mechanism of action of an evidenced based, innovative treatment, called platelet-rich plasma, for the early stages of knee osteoarthritis.
Tucker’s proof of concept study will evaluate treatment response after ultrasound-guided platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into the arthritic knee. Studying synovial fluid biomarkers like growth factors, inflammatory mediators and lipids as well as mesenchymal stem cells native to the joint, he and a collaborative team will compare post-treatment data with both pre-injection baseline values and clinical outcomes to provide novel correlative information that will help explain the currently unknown biological mechanism of action of PRP.
The New Investigator Award will be presented on Saturday, October 5 during the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Annual Assembly in Washington, D.C.