Help OREF continue its tradition of supporting the next generation of investigators.

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OREF is proud of its long-standing commitment to support gifted, young researchers
, from the earliest stages of their careers. In the last decade alone, that support has provided more than $7.1 million in resident grants and awards. OREF invites you to take advantage — or tell a colleague — of the opportunities to:

  • Gain laboratory experience and test your affinity for research.
  • Learn from leading investigators and round out your CV.
  • Position yourself for success in obtaining government and university funding.

Support the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund (AEEF)
Established in December 2010, the AAOS Education Enhancement Fund helps the Academy stay on the cutting edge of orthopaedic education, a key contributor to quality patient care. Gifts support continuing innovation in CME, the development of new tools to help members maintain certification, expanded online CME offerings and more.


OREF helping residents sharpen skills

Visit our Resident Grants & Awards page to learn more about OREF grants and skill-building opportunities for residents.

OREF/ORS Symposia for Residents in 2014
Made possible through grant support provided by Stryker, Biomet, DePuy Synthes Trauma, Wright Medical Technology and Zimmer.



Biomet   DePuy Synthes Trauma


Wright Medical Technology        Zimmer


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Please Consider a Gift of $20... $50... $100... or More

Research and education that began with funding from OREF have strengthened the science and practice of orthopaedics.  Since 1955 OREF has funded more than 3,800 grants and awards totaling nearly $115 million and has helped many of orthopaedics’ most gifted researchers and educators pursue highly promising studies.  Generous gifts from orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic patients, academic departments, group practices and industry make it all possible.

OREF recognizes all resident gifts of $20... $50... $100... or more per year.  Your gift matters to clinicians, researchers and patients.  Please help us continue our work by making a secure online gift now.

About OREF...

Since it was founded in 1955, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) has raised funds to support research and education on diseases and injuries of bones, joints, nerves, and muscles. From investigations of the processes that lead to rheumatoid arthritis, to research on prosthetics that can combat infections in total joint replacement patients, OREF-funded research enhances clinical care, leading to improved health, increased activity, and a better quality of life for patients.

OREF was established to ensure an expanding base of knowledge and effective, evidence-based treatment protocols for orthopaedic surgeons to continually improve patient care. Awards are given based on scientific rigor, contribution to orthopaedic knowledge and clinical relevance.  Information about OREF grants and awards and how to apply are available at  A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, OREF welcomes contributions from individuals and organizations; gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about skill development and grant opportunities for residents, please visit or contact:

Mary Marino
Grants Manager
(847) 430-5108
      Carmen Metoyer
Program Manager
(847) 430-5111

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2014 OREF Grants Awarded

2014 Grant and Award Recipients

“Without OREF funding,
I probably wouldn’t be
able to conduct any research today, because I wouldn’t have had the money to get the experiments off the ground.”

Kristy L. Weber, M.D.
Professor/Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director - Sarcoma Program, Abramson Cancer Center
University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Recipient, Zimmer Orthopaedic Career Development Grant, OREF Research Grant and Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award


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