Dr. Gerard Slobogean, an orthopaedic surgeon and research fellow at McMaster University this past year and Dr. Mohit Bhandari received two CIHR awards this round. Dr. Slobogean returns to University of British Columbia as a new academic faculty and will continue to visit McMaster regularly to operationalize both grants in an important institutional collaboration.
CIHR RCT Mentorship Grant: "Development of Expertise in Surgical RCTs: An Opportunity for International Impact in Orthopaedic Fracture Care." This research initiative pairs new investigators with mentors who have experience conducting RCTs. Funding from this grant will provide salary support for the mentee (Dr. Slobogean) while he is mentored at McMaster (Dr. Bhandari). Through this program, Dr. Slobogean will gain the expertise required to plan and conduct the FAITH-2 trial—a large randomized controlled trial involving young adult (ages 18-60) femoral neck fractures.
CIHR Operating Grant: Drs. Slobogean and Bhandari, as Co-PIs, were also awarded a $266,000 operating grant to perform a small pilot study for the FAITH-2 trial. FAITH-2 builds on an ongoing global hip fracture trial led by Dr. Bhandari called FAITH (just under 1000 patients enrolled to date). FAITH-2 compares a sliding hip screw versus cancellous screws AND vitamin D supplementation versus placebo in young adult femoral neck fractures. This 2x2 factorial design RCT proposal received was ranked 4th out of 56 applications. With the funding secure, the Methods Centre team is busy working on the early start-up phase for this trial.