More than a center for excellence, the Andrews Research and Education Foundation (AREF) brings together the highest level of sports medicine researchers and medical professionals. This collaboration delivers opportunities on many levels. We partner with industry leaders to research cutting edge solutions that impact the future of sports medicine. In collaboration with the Andrews Institute, a world class epicenter for orthopaedics and sports medicine in Northwest Florida, and under the leadership of nationally and internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, MD, AREF has further secured Northwest Florida as a cradle for musculoskeletal treatments and research.
The Institute is comprised of several divisions including: Multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Imaging Center, Athletic Performance Center, a Research and Education Institute, and a multispecialty office park for physicians. The Institute is located on property contiguous to the Gulf Breeze Hospital in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The Andrews Institute, which has orthopaedic and sports medicine specialty physicians along with a Sports Medicine Fellowship, has attracted national and international attention to the area for its superior medical care in orthopaedics and research.
Physician specialties within Andrews Institute include Orthopaedic/Sports Medicine, Pain management, Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, Plastic Surgery, Orthodontics, Podiatry and General and Vascular Surgery. We deliver our evidence based content on many levels including; webinars, seminars, white papers, and on-site training. We welcome opportunities to partner with industry leaders to bring new and groundbreaking solutions to sports medicine.
Current Clinical Trials At Andrews Research & Education Foundation:
Clinical and biomechanical outcomes following gastrocnemius recession vs. fasciotomy for plantar fasciitis.
This study compares the gastrocnemius recession to a plantar fasciotomy in patients with plantar fasciitis.
Use of ArthroFlex, TM for Reconstruction of Massive or Recurrent Rotator Cuff Tears
This study will test the effectiveness of a decellularized skin graft in the treatment of massive or recurring rotator cuff tears.
A Prospective, Double Blinded, Multi-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial to Evaluate Mechanical Debridement vs. Radiofrequency-Based Debridement in the treatment of Articular Cartilage Lesions.
This study will evaluate 2 different treatments, Radiofrequency-Based Debridement or Mechanical Debridement, to treat knee cartilage lesions.
Evaluation of Synovial Stem Cell Content after Knee Injury.
This study will evaluate the cell content collected from knee synovial fluid and fat pad during an arthroscopic surgery.
A Prospective, Non-randomized, Multi-Center Investigation of All-suture-based Repair of Horizontal Meniscal Tears (STITCH Study).
This study will document whether a horizontal meniscus tear can hold together and heal if it is repaired with stitches. This study will also document any changes in knee pain and function after the procedure.
A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled, Open-Label Trial to Assess the Clinical Effectiveness of DermACELL®, Conventional Care Wound Management, and GraftJacket® in Subjects with Chronic Wounds in the Lower Extremities.
This study is designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of DermACELL compared to GraftJacket® in the treatment of chronic diabetic wounds.
Outcomes Following Dynamic Splinting and/or Physical Therapy for Patients with Adhesive Capsulitis.
This study examines the effectiveness of a specific physical therapy protocol and/or dynamic splinting on patient pain, shoulder function and range of motion (ROM) for frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis.
Efficacy of bone marrow aspirate concentrate compared with platelet rich plasma for the treatment of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis: A randomized, controlled clinical trial.
This study is to compare the effectiveness of bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMA) to platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Joshua Hackel, MD
A prospective, double blind, placebo controlled study on patient satisfaction outcomes with the use of an Orthocor PEMF treatment for osteoarthritis.
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of the OrthoCor PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) brace on knee pain and function in osteoarthritis patients.
Practical Indications for Sonography in Musculoskeletal Medicine- Knee Joint Injections (PRISMM-Knee).
To determine the most accurate and clinically effective way to inject the knee joint by comparing the two most commonly performed intra-articular injection techniques with or without ultrasound guidance.
A clinical outcomes study to evaluate the effects of IL-6 receptor blockade with tocilizumab (TCZ) in comparison with etanercept (ETA) on the rate of cardiovascular events in patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
In this study we will compare the effects of TCZ compared to ETA on the occurrence of cardiovascular illness, including heart attacks, strokes, and death related to cardiovascular disease in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Note: This study is no longer enrolling patients.
The Effect of SpeedGel Rx on Postsurgical Pain, and the use of Narcotics.
The purpose of this study is to find out if an herbal topical gel called SpeedGel RX will help lessen pain after knee ACL surgery.
A Stratified, Post-Market Study of DeNovo® NT for Treatment of Femoral and Patellar Articular Cartilage Lesions of the Knee.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of DeNovo® NT Natural Tissue Graft to help heal cartilage damage of the knee.
A Post-Market Domestic (US) and International Data Collection to Assess the Optetrak® Knee System
The purpose of this study is to collect prospective and retrospective clinical outcomes data to further affirm the safety and effectiveness of the Optetrak® Knee System product lines.