Alireza Borjali, PhD, with the Harris Orthopaedics Research Laboratory

At the 2022 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) in Tampa, Florida, Alireza Borjali, PhD, of the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory, received the New Investigator Recognition Award (NIRA). Dr. Borjali received the award for his work on the research paper entitled, "Detecting Mechanical Loosening Of Total Hip Replacement Implant From Plain Radiograph Using Deep Convolutional Neural Network." His co-authors on the paper are Martin Magneli, Antonia Chen, Alisha Sodhi, Kartik Varadarajan and director of the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory, Orhun Muratoglu, PhD.

According to the ORS, NIRA candidates must be a member of the ORS in good standing, and have completed a residency or a PhD at the time of submission of their abstract to qualify and must not have more than the equivalent of 5 years of active research experience beyond completion of their residency or PhD. Candidates must be the first-listed and presenting author on the abstract submitted for the annual meeting, as well as corresponding author, and cannot be a previous award winner. The work must clearly be that of the applicant and not that of any co-author.

NIRA finalists are selected based on the qualifying questions answered during the online abstract submission, and are chosen to present at the Annual Meeting: they deliver an oral presentation in the NIRA Presentations Session and a poster that will be up all four days of the meeting, and must stand with their poster at all conference poster sessions. Finalists were then interviewed by the NIRA committee, with recipients selected based on the quality and presentation of material in their abstract during their podium presentation.

Dr. Borjali was presented with his award during the ORS Annual Meeting in Tampa. Regarding this honor, he shares that "I am honored to be recognized by the society for my research. I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all my co-authors and colleagues at Mass General and the Harris Lab."

Visit the ORS website to learn more about the award, and the Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory to learn more about Dr. Borjali's ongoing research interests.