BioMed Student Video Voted a Favorite
University of Memphis Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate Lauren Eichaker’s "Tendon
Bone Interface" video won third place in the Orthopedic Research Society Video Outreach
Competition. This year, researchers were asked to make a video highlighting how
the collaborations of scientists, engineers and clinicians are vital to improving
orthopaedic healthcare. Click to watch the U of M submission. Scroll to "Tendon Bone Interface" and enjoy!
"When asked," Eichaker said, "I saw this as an opportunity to share the passion and
commitment of the talented people involved in the Biomaterials Applications of Memphis
(BAM) Program. This was an opportunity for me to enhance a megaphone for orthopedic
research not only in our community but around the country. "
Eichaker worked tirelessly to inform the U of M community about the opportunity to
watch videos and vote! She adds, "Once the video project was completed and submitted
it became necessary, and a natural next step, to reach out to others to see the importance
of such projects and to be a part of something bigger than themselves. I spoke with
peers, professors, friends and former classmates who are now in academic institutions
across the country, to share the narrative that this project was more than about the
BAM Program but a conduit to the overarching drive not just to support orthopedic
research, but orthopedic research as an addendum to a larger goal of enhancing regenerative
medicine. Once that message was made clear to others, I left them to their creative
devices to reach out to those in their circles. This included universities, middle
and elementary schools as well as religious institutions. Some spoke emphasizing the
work of young scientists in established and up and coming programs, while others spoke
of a higher calling to participate in a program that is working to heal or repair
the world; a world made up themselves and those around them. The vehicle of messaging
was mostly grass roots however I am grateful for the U of M, UTHSC and the Memphis
Hillel for consistently getting the information out through their public relations
Her efforts were rewarded! The "Tendon to Bone Interface" video received the most
votes and won third place. Eichaker appreciates all of the support. "I would like
to thank U of M and UTHSC for their continued support of my academic pursuits. I also
want to thank the thousands who voted not just for my three minute video but for the
other seven videos in the Orthopedic Research Society’s Video Outreach Competition.
This third place award along with the outpouring of support has given me a new energy
to move forward with a continued passion, focus and effort in my PhD program."