Dr. Jack Hughston’s philosophy of orthopaedics and sports medicine wouldn’t allow him to merely see patients and provide treatment. He was driven to research to find new and better ways to improve the human condition. Although forced to do much of his early research on his own, he dreamed of an organization and department where serious research on orthopaedics and sports medicine could be conducted in a formal setting and on an ongoing basis.
The research sector of the Hughston Foundation today is always very active because Hughston is a popular site for sponsored clinical trials and because fellows and students are required to complete research studies as part of their educational program. Hughston research falls into three broad categories.
Sponsored clinical trials
The Hughston Foundation conducts FDA-approved clinical trials for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers from around the world. Experienced Hughston physicians can help in the development of the protocol, recruitment of patients, collection of data, and compiling reports on the results. During clinical trials, Hughston ensures all regulatory and HIPAA requirements are met through an internal Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Hughston physicians and staff conduct their own research on innovative procedures, perform retrospective reviews to determine outcomes, and encourage innovative student and fellow research. These studies, like their sponsored counterparts, are reviewed by the Hughston IRB and meet all standards for approval. The results of these studies are made available to the wider medical community through the scientific publications and presentations authored by Hughston physicians and published with the support and resources of the Foundation.
As part of the student/fellowship program and Hughston’s ongoing research efforts, students and fellows are required to conduct clinical research and to report on and publish their findings. Our fellows learn the value research has in the field of sports medicine and continue to expand the Hughston legacy in research.