Zimmer Holdings Inc. Funds Research Awards Focused On Women's Health Issues

WARSAW, Ind., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. , a worldwide leader in the orthopaedics industry, announced today that it has funded two $30,000 research awards specifically focused on women's musculoskeletal health issues. The awards were announced at the annual luncheon of The Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS), an organization of orthopaedic surgeons dedicated to advancing women's health issues.

The RJOS luncheon is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

The Zimmer Research Award winners, who were selected by a committee of RJOS members, and the titles of their research projects, are:

* Tina Maxian, MD, PhD, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, "Fracture Site Strain and Screw Site Damage after Biologic Fixation of Osteoporotic Supracondylar Femur Fractures;" and

* Mariam Hakim-Zargar, MD, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, "In Vitro Analysis of Tantalum's Effect on Human Bone Formation." Specifically, Dr. Hakim-Zargar will study the effects of tantalum on the bone cells of older women.

Yesterday, Zimmer announced that it was displaying at the AAOS meeting the first knee replacement system designed specifically to address the unique anatomical needs of women patients.

"Zimmer has been a leading supporter of independent orthopaedic research and of diversity in orthopaedic practice and education," said Ray Elliott, Zimmer Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are also keenly focused on addressing orthopaedic health issues in women, who experience joint replacement at a much higher rate than men. The combination of anatomical differences, which we have addressed in our Gender Solutions(TM) Knee Implants, and other conditions, such as osteoporosis, make women particularly susceptible to musculoskeletal disease. We are committed to playing an important role in helping the orthopaedic profession address these women's issues."

Since 1988, Zimmer has donated more than $4 million in unrestricted funding for orthopaedic research.

Zimmer plans to present these research awards on an annual basis. The Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society is responsible for administering the Zimmer Research Award program. A panel of RJOS members reviews all award proposals and makes funding recommendations.

Earlier in the week, Zimmer sponsored the RJOS Practice Management Symposium. Further information about the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society can be found on the RJOS website at http://www.rjos.org .

About Zimmer

Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Warsaw, Indiana, Zimmer is the worldwide #1 pure-play orthopaedic leader in designing, developing, manufacturing and marketing reconstructive and spinal implants, trauma and related orthopaedic surgical products. Zimmer has operations in more than 24 countries around the world and sells products in more than 100 countries. Zimmer's 2005 sales were approximately $3.3 billion. The Company is supported by the efforts of more than 6,700 employees worldwide.

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