OPUS 12 Foundation                              
Completed OPUS 12 Projects



The five major types of scientific projects sponsored by OPUS 12 Foundation are:
(1) Retrospective studies;
(2) Prospective studies;
(3) Inter-disciplinary review projects and case reports;
(4) Meta-analyses;
(5) Inter-disciplinary consensus statements and meetings. These meetings will convene to discuss both medical and non-medical topics. We seek the foremost experts from various professions and scientific disciplines to take part in these meetings. For example, a topic of a consensus meeting and subsequent statement could be 'The effect of global warming on our medical systems'.

From time to time, OPUS 12 Foundation Research Team will also publish various letters, editorials, and other types of written work.

Please refer to the Research Participation page for details on how you and your institution can participate in OPUS 12 Foundation's research projects.

*** PRIOR TO PARTICIPATING IN OPUS 12 FOUNDATION STUDIES, ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE A LETTER OF PERMISSION FROM THEIR INSTITUTION STATING THAT THEIR PARTICIPATION DOES NOT CONFLICT WITH THEIR INSTITUTION'S POLICIES AND THAT THEY HAVE BEEN PERMITTED TO ENGAGE IN SUCH RESEARCH.

*** INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL MUST BE OBTAINED FOR CONDUCT OF ALL RETROSPECTIVE AND PROSPECTIVE STUDIES AT EACH PARTICIPATING INSTITUTION.

Completed OPUS 12 Foundation Projects:

        Retrospective studies:

  1. CERVICAL DISC DISEASE IN GERIATRIC PATIENTS: A COMPARISON STUDY. The Internet Journal of Neurosurgery (ISSN 1528-8285).  2007;4(1). 
  2. COMPARISON OF OPEN ABDOMENS IN NON-TRAUMA AND TRAUMA PATIENTS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(1):1-8.
  3. INTRADURAL EXTRAMEDULLARY SPINAL CORD TUMORS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY OF TUMOR TYPES, LOCATIONS, AND SURGICAL OUTCOMES. The Internet Journal of Neurosurgery. 2007;4(2).
  4. CORRELATIONS BETWEEN BIOCHEMICAL TESTING, PATHOLOGY FINDINGS AND PREOPERATIVE SESTAMIBI SCANS: A RETROSPECTIVE STUDY OF THE MINIMALLY INVASIVE RADIOGUIDED PARATHYROIDECTOMY (MIRP). Nuclear Medicine Review Central & Eastern Europe. 2007;10(2):82-86.
  5. VENA CAVA FILTERS: A SYNOPSIS OF COMPLICATIONS AND RELATED TOPICS. J Vasc Access. 2008 Apr-Jun;9(2):102-110.

    Prospective studies:

    No completed studies in this category at this time.

    Inter-disciplinary reviews and case reports:
  6. CELIAC ARTERY COMPRESSION SYNDROME: SUCCESSFUL UTILIZATION OF ROBOTIC-ASSISTED LAPAROSCOPIC APPROACH. Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases. 2007 Mar;16(1):93-96.
  7. APPLICATION OF VACUUM ASSISTED THERAPY IN POSTOPERATIVE ASCITIC FLUID LEAKS: AN INTEGRAL PART OF MULTIMODALITY WOUND MANAGEMENT IN CIRRHOTIC PATIENTS. Journal of Burns and Wounds. 2007 Apr;6(e7):91-99.
  8. USE OF HUMAN AND PORCINE DERMAL-DERIVED BIOPROSTHESES IN COMPLEX ABDOMINAL WALL RECONSTRUCTIONS: A LITERATURE REVIEW AND CASE REPORT. Ostomy Wound Management. 2007 May;53(5):30-37.
  9. EVOLVING ROLE OF ENDOSCOPIC RETROGRADE CHOLANGIOPANCREATOGRAPHY (ERCP) IN MANAGEMENT OF EXTRAHEPATIC HEPATIC DUCTAL INJURIES DUE TO BLUNT TRAUMA: DIAGNOSTIC AND TREATMENT ALGORITHMS. HPB Surgery. 2007.
  10. COMPLICATIONS RELATED TO PERCUTANEOUS ENDOSCOPIC GASTROSTOMY (PEG) TUBES: A COMPREHENSIVE CLINICAL REVIEW. Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases. 2007.
  11. INCARCERATED UMBILICAL HERNIA ASSOCIATED WITH GASTRIC PNEUMATOSIS: A CASE REPORT. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(1):9-10.
  12. PROLONGED SURVIVAL IN THE SETTING OF METASTATIC CECAL CARCINOID TUMOR TREATED WITH COMBINED GEMCITABINE-CARBOPLATIN CHEMOTHERAPY REGIMEN. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(1):11-13.
  13. TRENDS IN NONOPERATIVE MANAGEMENT OF TRAUMATIC INJURIES: A SYNOPSIS. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(1):19-35.
  14. COMBINED AORTIC AND DIAPHRAGMATIC INJURY FOLLOWING BLUNT TRAUMA: A CASE REPORT. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(2):5-7.
  15. PRESSURE ULCERS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT: THE 'FORGOTTEN' ENEMY. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(2):17-30.
  16. HOW DAVID BEAT GOLIATH: HISTORY OF PHYSICIANS FIGHTING FRIVOLOUS LAWSUITS. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2008;2(1):1-8.
  17. THE DEAD CONGINUE TO TEACH THE LIVING: EXAMINING THE ROLE OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING IN THE SETTING OF POSTMORTEM EXAMINATIONS. Journal of Surgical Education. 2008 May-Jun;65(3):200-205.
  18. UTILIZATION OF METHYLENE BLUE IN THE SETTING OF HYPOTENSION ASSOCIATED WITH CONCURRENT RENAL AND HEPATIC FAILURE: A CONCISE REVIEW. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2008;2(1):21-29.

        Consensus meetings, statements, editorials and letters:

  1. APPLICATION OF FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES TO VITAL SIGN DATA: A NOVEL METHOD OF TREND INTERPRETATION IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(1):14-16.
  2. ABSITE CORNER. RETROPERITONEAL SARCOMAS. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(1):17-18.
  3. APPLICATION OF FINANCIAL ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES TO CLINICAL LABORATORY DATA: A NOVEL METHOD OF TREND INTERPRETATION IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2007;1(2):1-4.
  4. SHORT TIMERS SYNDROME AMONG MEDICAL TRAINEES: BEYOND BURNOUT. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2008;2(1):30-32.
  5. WORKFORCE, WORK-HOURS, WORKFORCE VITALITY: TOWARDS NEW MODELS OF TRAUMA COVERAGE. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2008 May-Jun;2(3):1-2.
  6. ABSITE CORNER. PORTAL VEIN THROMBOSIS: WHAT SURGEONS NEED TO KNOW. OPUS 12 Scientist. 2008 May-Jun;2(3):30-33.

    Meta-analyses:

    No completed projects in this category at this time.