• Foundation for Hand Surgery


Spreading your ideas


The ideas are there but the implementation is often strained due to the lack of time (problems in methodology, translation, statistics, difficulty in setting up prospective studies and monitoring patients).
This is why the Foundation aims to help publish scientific articles by providing logistical tools or skills (statistical studies, multi-centre studies, translation, help to authors).
The donations allocated to facilitate the publication of works are subject to approval by the Scientific Committee.
The publication of the results is the author’s responsibility.

Please, submit your proposal article to research@foundation-handsurgery.org




The FESSH/Foundation for Hand Surgery Clinical Research aims to support fundamental hand surgery research for the public health benefit. It therefore aims at supporting original clinical projects that aim to study and improve outcome of hand surgery related conditions. The grant is for one year, however projects with a more extended time scope will be eligible.

Through collaboration with the FESSH Research Committee, the Foundation for Hand Surgery sponsors this clinical research grant, however the selection process will be done solely through the FESSH Research Committee. All data that is acquired through the research, sponsored through this grant, is owned by the applicant and corresponding institution. Neither FESSH, nor the Foundation for Hand Surgery holds any claims on the data that has come from the research.



€50,000 award for a one-year grant. In case there are equivalent applications, the FESSH Research Committee has the right to split the grant into smaller grant amounts.


 Conditions on FESSH Website : https://bit.ly/33biNQD



  • Dr Mark J. van der Oest from Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam with the project « Improving surgical outcomes by optimizing patients’mindset; an international cohort study » 

Dr van der Oest’s project is on exploring how a patients’ mindset changes during the first three months after the start of treatment, and to test which factors (e.g. experience with patient-caregiver interactions) are associated with the change in patients’ mindset. Also, the project aims to test whether changes in patients’ mindset are associated with changes in pain and hand function after treatment. The project is breaking new ground as it explores new perspectives on patient related factors, which clearly have an effect on the outcome of hand surgery.

Dr van der Oest has proven to be a hard working young clinician with a sincere interest in the science surrounding psychosocial factors related to patients expectations to treatment.



  • Dr Olga Politikou from the Medical University of Vienna with the project « Nerve transfers for cognitive reinnervation of spastic muscles in stroke patients”


  • Dr Brigitte van Der Heijden from the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen with the project « Diagnostic performance of dynamic four-dimensional computed tomography (4D CT) compared to arthroscopy for analyzing scapholunate instability”.