Translational grant pairs S&T professor, MU surgeon to improve health

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On November 7, 2017

Mohamed Rahaman and Sonny Bal

Dr. Mohamed Rahaman at S&T and Dr. Sonny Bal at MU are one of five engineer-physician pairs that recently received a Coulter grant to take promising research from the lab to patient use.

An S&T professor emeritus and a surgeon are developing a way to reduce hip dislocation in patients who undergo hip replacement surgeries with a grant from the University of Missouri’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program.

Dr. Mohamed Rahaman and Dr. Sonny Bal received the grant for their project, titled “Natur-o-Lock: Keyed, Lock-in Acetabular Component for Prevention of Dislocation in Total Hip Replacement.”

Rahaman is a professor emeritus of ceramic engineering at S&T. Bal is an orthopaedic surgeon at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and professor of orthopaedic surgey at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The University of Missouri’s Coulter Translational Partnership Program awarded five grants totaling $409,000 at a ceremony Oct. 18 at MU. The grants are designed to help promising medical discoveries make the transition from laboratory research to commercial investment and patient care.

The MU Coulter Program began in 2012 as a five-year partnership with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. Although the partnership with the Coulter Foundation ended in 2017, leaders at MU decided to extend the program for five more years with a combination of university funding, grants and gifts.

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