In a world where impact factors and citation indices are becoming more and more relevant, it’s increasingly difficult in our speciality to publish. Clinical series have difficulty to achieve evidence levels that matter to the higher impact journals, due to the low n-numbers that we all suffer from. Basic science has the advantage that the entire experimental set-up is controlled, and that significant n-numbers are easier to achieve. However, for clinicians the relation between basic science and clinical work can seem very distant.

Nonetheless, the FESSH-council has decided that the focus should be more directed to promoting basic or translational science, rather then a clinical subject as has been the case in the last few years. However, this kind of science needs access to laboratory space, and this is mostly reserved for the academic units.

We will ask the different research groups to fill in the database. To provide names and contact details, but also which scientific techniques are available, and a number of recent publications.

The aspiring research fellow should now be able to specifically look for expertise, contact the supervisor of choice directly.

Furthermore, a number of specific research groups, that have no specific relation to hand surgery per se, will be asked to provide their details, for instance tissue engineering units, that could provide specific solutions that can otherwise not be accessed easily.

Thinking laterally, this database could also be a great starting point for applications to EU funding.

The council is looking forward to the applications
Marc Garcia-Elias
Research Committee