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Wichita State receives $1.4 million DoD grant for CIBOR casualty stabilization project

News International-French

21 Sep 2011

Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to fund a project involving the National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR).

CIBOR has received previous start-up funding grants from the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the Knight Foundation, and is currently working on projects for external clients, but this is the organization’s first grant for a government project.


“The receipt of the DoD grant is a milestone for CIBOR. It verifies the organization is making great strides and utilizing its start-up funding to full advantage,” said David McDonald, Associate Provost for Research at Wichita State and CIBOR secretary and treasurer. “I anticipate this is the first of many significant government and industry-funded projects.”


The funded CIBOR project is focused on the development of a fast-setting composite stabilization device for battlefield use.


“The research team has been working toward funding for this project since CIBOR’s inception,” said Richard Sullivan, CIBOR President and CEO. “It has great potential to improve the process of battlefield stabilization, help reduce battlefield casualties and improve recovery time for our military personnel.”


The importance of proper and immediate orthopaedic care for combatants is indicated by a high prevalence and severity of extremity injuries, which account for 71 percent of combat casualties. Of these injuries, 51 percent are open wounds and 19 percent are fractures according to a 2009 study by researchers from the Science Applications International Corporation and the Naval Health Research Center.


Most of these injuries can be attributed to the use of modern body armor, which protects vital organs, but has resulted in a pattern of battlefield injuries that concentrate trauma to the extremities. This is particularly apparent for improvised explosive device injuries, which result in extensive tissue damage, high risk of contamination and a requirement for orthopaedic treatment in over half of the casualties. Inadequate fixation of unstable fractures can result in further damage to the vasculature and nervous system during transport, which may ultimately result in amputation of an injured limb that would have otherwise had a reasonable salvage potential.


The project is slated for a 2-year timeline and will include a research phase, prototype testing, functional testing, biomechanical testing and biological evaluation.


Wichita State University and the National Institute for Aviation Research
Wichita State University and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) have been involved with the development of CIBOR initiatives since the organization’s inception. Prior to that, the university assisted Via Christi Health Systems in the development and structure of the organization. WSU President Donald Beggs serves on CIBOR’s Board Directors and WSU Associate Provost for Research David McDonald serves as CIBOR’s secretary and treasurer. NIAR Executive Director John Tomblin serves on CIBOR’s Operation & Research Management Team and NIAR Director of R&D Tom Aldag serves as CIBOR’s vice President of Composite Research and Development.


National Center for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research
The National Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research (CIBOR) was established in 2009 to promote translational research for biomaterials into orthopaedic applications and to help develop an active medical device industry for the state of Kansas. CIBOR’s goal is to become the recognized world leader in new generation medical device research and development, leading Kansas to become the center of the orthopaedic medical device industry. CIBOR is sponsored by Via Christi Health and Wichita State University and has received grants from the Kansas Bioscience Authority and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

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