Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SCV Awards Medical Research Grant

Sons Of Confederate Veterans Funds Valuable Medical Research

Columbia, TN - November 23, 2010

The Sons of Confederate Veterans has awarded a Brooks Medical Research Fellowship in the amount of $35,000 to Dr. Joshua A. Bush, who is currently affiliated with the University of Virginia.

Bush's medical research will focus on a new way to perform bone grafts. The title of his research is "Degradable and Functional Bone Graft Substitute for the Treatment of Large and Non-Union Fractures." This study will look at a "new chitosan/xylan composite hydrogel" that may be used as a functional bone graft substitute to effectively treat large fractures.

"The goal is to deliver a functional and versatile gel material that is compatible with current surgical practice, which improves the healing response and final outcome when compared to the currently used collagen gel carriers" reads his study.

The fellowship will cover a twelve-month period of time during which Bush will give updates concerning the status of his research over six months.

Dr. Bush earned his Ph,D. at Texas A&M University in 2005 and was a research fellow at the University of Virginia in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery from the fall of 2006 to the fall of 2009.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans is the direct heir to the United Confederate Veterans and the oldest hereditary organization for male descendants of Confederate soldiers. Organized in Richmond, Virginia in 1896, the SCV serves as a historic, patriotic and nonpolitical organization dedicated to ensuring a true history of the 1861 to 1865 period is preserved and to honor the sacrifices made by those who fought for the Confederate cause. The headquarters for the SCV are located at historic Elm Springs in Columbia, Tenn.. The organization has more than 30,000 members across the United States and in some foreign countries.

The Brooks Fund is one example of how the SCV promotes education and research. Awards and grants to post doctoral medical researchers (medical doctors, doctors of dental surgery and PhD.'s in allied medical fields) doing medical research at medical schools. Grants are $12,000 or more per approved research project in a given year.

The medical researcher, either male or female, applying for this grant must present evidence that he or she has a Confederate ancestor that would qualify for membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans or the United Daughters of the Confederacy, though they need not be a member.

Bush has applied for membership in the Sons of Confederate Veterans through the service of his second great-grandfather, James Russell Bush, a private with Company A, of the 39th Mississippi Infantry.

Written by Norman Michael "Mike" Conley of the SCV Public Relations and Media Committee.


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