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Tomoya Iseki
Hyogo College of Medicine Nishinomiya, JAPAN
I was very honored to be the first-place winner of the John J. Joyce Award at the 12th Biennial ISAKOS Congress in Cancun, Mexico. The research project that I submitted for the award, entitled “Absence of Ligament Progenitor Cells in the Pediatric Knee Anterolateral Complex,” was supervised by Dr. Musahl Volker, Dr. Rocky Tuan, and Dr. Freddie Fu from the University of Pittsburgh, with additional support from Dr. Kevin G. Shea from Stanford University.
There has been much debate regarding the structure and function of the anterolateral capsule (ALC) of the knee, particularly with regard to whether it contains a distinct ligament. On May 14, there was a great discussion related to this topic during a symposium entitled “Facts About ALL Reconstruction.” Later, during the award presentation, I had a lively debate with moderators Dr. Mark Clatworthy, Dr. Stefano Zaffagnini, and Dr. Jason Koh, during which I explained that the conclusions of our study suggested that a distinct ligament could not be discerned in the ALC on the basis of histology, immunohistochemistry, or gene-expression analysis. I was very honored that my study was selected as the first-place winner.
I would like to thank ISAKOS for its continuous support and am extremely grateful to Professors Marc R. Safran, Stefano Zaffagnini, and the ISAKOS Education Committee. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions regarding our study.

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