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Pittsburgh nonprofit funding limb injury research

January 25, 2010

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PITTSBURGH—A Pittsburgh nonprofit is giving researchers in Rhode Island and Texas $400,000 to develop technology to help soldiers who lose limbs on the battlefield.

The Airlift Research Foundation is hopeful that any medical advances will eventually be used to help civilians who lose limbs, too.

Dr. Christopher Born of Rhode Island Hospital and Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston will get $200,000 each.

The foundation was formed in 2008 to promote orthopedic research and to increase public awareness about traumatic limb injuries.

Born's research involves reduced or eliminating infections in such injuries, while Yang is researching synthetic bone grafts.