In 1998, Dr. Upton was the recipient of the James Barrett Brown Award given for the outstanding paper which appeared in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the previous year. This award was in recognition of work in tissue engineering. During 1998, Dr. Upton was a visiting professor and delivered named lectures at the Barnes Jewish Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, MO; Children’s Hospital and the Hospital for the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA; and the Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
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For the past 10 years, Dr. Upton has been working in collaboration with the Vacanti Lab in the Enders Building. Primary research interests have been with engineering of cartilage and/or bone composites. Additional studies have been done with the tissue engineering of small blood vessels. At the present time, one surgical resident is working in the Vacanti Lab, as well as the Folkman Lab, on tissue engineering of small blood vessels. These present projects are on a grant ($80,000) funded by the Reprogenesis Company over a 2-year period. Collaborative programs have also been concluded on tissue engineering with the Urology Service. Collaborative studies are also being done regarding the genetics of hand malformations with the Bjorn Olsen Lab in the Department of Molecular Biology at the Harvard Medical School. A hand registry is maintained by Dr. Upton’s staff on congenital malformations of the upper limb. There are approximately 8 additional clinical research projects being done by surgical residents and/or fellows under the direction of Dr. Upton.
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