CSRS Research Grant Program

LOI submission for 2019 research grant funding opportunities is now open. Submission closes March 15. 

The mission of the Cervical Spine Research Society is to carry out research and exchange information on the cervical spine. Thanks to the generosity of our 21st Century Research and Education Fund Premier Donors, CSRS will be providing up to $250,000 in research grant funding this year, to be distributed among selected grant proposals.  All of the grant applications undergo a rigorous peer review process by the CSRS Research Committee. The LOI submission is step one of the review process. Selected LOIs will be invited to submit a formal grant application (step 2). Selection for CSRS research funding is always a highly rigorous and competitive process – we receive many high quality proposals each year, and every proposal is thoroughly vetted and reviewed by the Research Committee. In 2018, 54 “Letters of Intent” were received and a total of nine were funded across four grant categories.

A description of each of the 2019 grants and the criteria can be found here.

The LOI submission link can be found here.

A sample of a successful LOI can be found here.

Please note: There is no Medtronic named grant available for 2019.


2018 Research Grant Recipients

2018 Medtronic
Spinal Cord Perfusion Pressure Management in Acute Cervical SCI
Principal Investigator: Brian Kwon, MD
Amount: $100,000

2018 21st Century Research and Education Grant
New Approaches in Salamanders as Platforms for Uncovering Spinal Cord Regeneration Factors
Principal Investigator: Kimberly Johnson, MD
Amount: $75,000

2018 Seed Starter Grants
Is Vaporized Nicotine as Detrimental to Spinal Fusions as Cigarette Smoke?
Principal Investigator: Jesse Bible, MD
Amount: $25,000

CT Osteoabsorbptiometry Assessment of Subchondral Bone Density Predicts Intervertebral Subsidence in a Human Cadaver Model
Principal Investigator: Matthew Colman, MD
Amount: $25,000

Morphological, Biochemical and Biomechanical Characterization of Human Cervical Endplate in Degenerated Disc
Principal Investigator: Yongren Wu, PhD
Amount: $25,000

Assessment of Variation in Preoperative Expectations and Subsequent Fulfillment for Patients Undergoing Elective Cervical Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Inamullah Khan, MD
Amount: $25,000

Reorganization of Brain Architecture and Networks as Biomarkers for Cervical Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Ammar Hawasli, MD
Amount: $25,000

Resident Fellow Grants
Evaluating the Influence of Impaired Cervical Cord Blood Perfusion on Clinical Severity of Cervical Myelopathy Using Intravoxel Incoherent Motion MRI
Principal Investigator: Shuo Niu, MD
Amount: $14,400

Advanced Quantitative MRI to Measure Cervical Cord Tissue Injury and Predict Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Muhammad Ali Akbar, MD
Amount: $14,319


2017 Research Grant Recipients

2017 Medtronic
Randomized, Controlled Trial of Posterior C1-2 Fusion Versus Bracing Alone for Treatment of Type II Odontoid Process Fractures in the Elderly
Principal Investigator: Christopher Kepler, MD
Amount: $72,000

2017 21st Century Research and Education Grant
Biodegradable Microspheres and Hydrogel Drug Delivery System of Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics for the Treatment of Chronic Degenerative Disc Disease
Principal Investigator: Ana Chee, PhD
Amount: $75,000 (year one of two years totaling $150,000)

2017 Seed Starter Grants
Exosomes from Hypoxic Pre-conditioned Bone Marrow Stem Cell Media for Acute Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Ankit Mehta, MD
Amount: $25,000

Development of an Innovative Diagnostic Tool for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Using Somatosensory Evoked Potentials Elicited by Proprioceptive Stimulation: A Proof-of-Concept Pilot Study
Principal Investigator: Julio Furlan, MD
Amount: $24,993

Effect of Cervical Decompression Surgery on Neuromuscular Control and Kinematics During Gait in Adult Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Ram Haddas, PhD
Amount: $24,999

2017 Resident Fellow Grants
Factors that Influence the Prevalence and Severity of Urologic Symptoms in Patients Undergoing Elective Cervical Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Lieberman, MD
Amount: $11,900

Evaluation of C1-C2 Biomechanics: Comparison of Facet Distraction and C1-C2 Arthrodesis
Principal Investigator: Michael Karsy, MD
Amount: $12,150


2016 Research Grant Recipients

2016 Medtronic
The Confounding Burden of Psychological Impairments in Cervical Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Peter G. Passias, MD
Amount: $50,000

Analysis of the Human Serum Proteome in Cervical Radiculopathy Patients to Predict Who Will Fail Conservative Treatment and Require Surgery
Principal Investigator: Steven Presciutti, MD
Amount: $50,000

2016 21st Century Research and Education Grants
Resveratrol as a Therapeutic to Reverse the Adverse Effects of Cigarette Smoke on Bone
Principal Investigator: Erin L. Hsu, MD
Amount: $74,981.00

Exploration for Novel Molecular Biomarkers of Acute Spinal cCord Injury
Principal Investigator: Masao Koda, MD
Amount: $45,000

2016 Seed Starter Grants
Loss of Range of Motion Following Cervical Fusion: Effect on Activities of Daily Living Kinematics and Patient Satisfaction
Principal Investigator: Kevin Bell, PhD
Amount: $25,000

Evaluation of Gait Recovery and Energy Expenditure Following Decompression and Stabilization for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Hamid Hassanzadeh, MD
Amount: $10,400

2016 Resident Fellow Grants
In Situ Tissue Engineering Approach to Intervertebral Disc Regeneration
Principal Investigator: Sapan Gandhi, MD
Amount: $15,000

Prevalence of Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy in Elderly Patients with Fragility
Principal Investigator: Samuel Adams, MD
Amount: $15,000

Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplementation to Reduce Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
Principal Investigator: Zachary NaPier, MD
Amount: $14,944

Comparisons of Anterior and Posterior Surgery for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – A Propensity Score Matched Analysis Using AOSpine CSM International Database
Principal Investigator: So Kato, MD
Amount: $15,000

A Randomized Controlled Trial to Determine the Feasibility and Efficacy of a Web-Based Calculator as a Shared Decision-Making Tool for Cervical Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Ahilan Sivaganesan, MD
Amount: $14,995


2015 Research Grant Recipients

2015 21st Century Research and Education Grants
2nd Year – Therapeutic Approaches to Protect against Ischemia/reperfusion Injury Following Surgical Decompression for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy(CSM): A Potential Solution to Attenuate Perioperative Neurological Complications following Decompressive Surgery
Principal Investigator: Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Pia M. Vidal, BS, PhD, Spyridon K. Karadimas, MD, PhD,  Joannis K. Kallitsis
Amount: $75,000

PLA2-Responsive Multifunctional Micelles for the Targeted Treatment of Pinful Radiculopathy
Principal Investigator: Beth A. Winkelstein, PhD
Zhilang Cheng, Andrew Tsourkas, PhD
Amount: $75,000

2015 Seed Starter Grants
Elucidating Metabolite Changes in the Spinal Cord of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM) Patients using Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Principal Investigator: Izabela Aleksanderek
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $25,000

A Randomized Trial of Early Home Exercise versus Usual Care after Anterior Decompression and Fusion for Degenerative Cervical Spine Conditions
Principal Investigator: Rogelio A. Coronado, PT, PhD
Kristin R. Archer, DPT, PhD, Clinton J. Devin, MD, Joseph S. Cheng, MD, MS, Oran S. Aaronson, MD
Amount: $25,000

2015 Resident Fellow Grants
Driving after Cervical Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Saqib Hasan, MD
Afshin Eli Razi, MD, Yong H. Kim, MD, Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, MD
Amount: $15,000

Prospective Comparason of NIH PROMIS Physical Function, Upper Extremity and Pain Interferance Item Banks in Patients with Cervical Spine Complaints
Principal Investigator: Sravisht Iyer, MD
Han-Jo Kim, MD, Jayme C. Burket, PhD
Amount: $15,000

Improvement in Grip and Pinch Strength  Following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion Procedures
Principal Investigator: Daniel D. Bohls, MD, PhD
Benjamin C. Mayo, BA, Junyoung Ahn, BS, Kern Singh, MD
Amount: $1,400

Vitamin D Levels in Subaxial Cervical Fusion: Prospective Study of Fusion with Subjective and Radiographic Outcomes
Principal Investigator: Vijay Ravindra, MD
Meic H. Schmidt, MD, John Kestle, Erica F. Bisson, MD,  Joel MacDonald, Robert S. Hood, Mark Mahan, Jakub Godzik
Amount: $15,000


2014 Research Grant Recipients

2014 21st Century Research and Education Grants
Chemokine-Directed Homing of Peripheral Blood Mobilized Stem Cells to Enhance Cervical Spine Fusion
Principal Investigator: Kevin Baker, PhD
Daniel K. Park, MD, Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD
Amount: $75,000

The Effects of Peri-Operative Steroids on Dysphagia following Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: A Randomized, Prospective, Double-Blind Study
Principal Investigator: Sanford E. Emery, MD, MBA
John C. France, MD, Scott D. Daffner, MD
Amount: $47,371 (year two of two years totaling)

2014 Seed Starter Grants
Can Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Prevent or “Rescue” Intervertebral Disc Cells from the Inflammatory Changes Associated with Disc Degeneration?
Principal Investigator: Christopher K. Kepler, MD, MBA
D. Greg Anderson, MD, Dessislava Markova, PhD, John Koerner, MD
Amount: $23,500

Disc Regeneration: Evaluation of Growth and Differentiation Factor-5 (GDF-5; BMP14) Production and Expression Pathways in Human Disc Cells Exposed to Proinflammatory Cytokines
Principal Investigator: Helen Gruber, PhD
James H. Norton, PhD, Edward N. Hanley, Jr., MD
Amount: $25,000

2014 Resident Fellow Grants
Elucidating the Interaction between Marrow-Derived Stem Cells and Calcium Phosphate-based Graft Materials in a Chimeric Rat Model of Posterolateral Fusion
Principal Investigator: Okezie Aguwa, MD
Kevin Baker, PhD, Jeffrey S. Fischgrund, MD, Daniel K. Park, MD
Amount: $15,000

A Single Blind, Prospective, Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effect of Local Steroid Application versus Intravenous Steroids on Dysphagia Following Anterior Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
Principal Investigator: Reuben Nair, MD
Jason Savage, MD, Alpesh A. Patel, MD, Wellington K. Hsu, MD
Amount: $15,000

Patients that Develop a Post-Operative C5 Palsy will Demonstrate Evidence of both Edema and Demyelination while Patients with Severe or Permanent Deficits will have Significant Loss of Axonal Density
Principal Investigator: Ammar H. Hawasli, MD, PhD
Wilson Z. Ray, MD, K. Daniel Riew, MD, Neil M. Wright, MD, Sheng-Kwei (Victor) Song, PhD, Michael P. Kelly, MD
Amount: $15,000

Creating a Neuronal Relay in the Injured Spinal Cord with Human Neural Stem Cells Derived from Embryonic Stem Cells
Principal Investigator: George M. Ghobrial, MD
James S. Harrop, MD, Itzhak Fischer, PhD
Amount: $15,000


2013 Research Grant Recipients

2013 21st Century Research and Education Grant
Therapeutic Approaches to Protect Against Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury Following Surgical Decompression for Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: A Potential Solution to Attenuate Perioperative Neurological Complication Following Decompressive Surgery
Principal Investigator: Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $75,000

2013 CSRS Seed Starter Grants
Evaluating Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy (CSM) through Novel Sensitive Upper Limb and Gait Assessments: Elucidating the Mechanisms of Disrupted Manual Dexterity and Locomotion in Humans
Principal Investigator: Sukhvinder Kalsi-Ryan, MD
Spyridon Karadimas, MD, Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $25,000

Osteogenic Gene Expression of Autograft Bone Harvested During Spine Surgery and After in vitro Culture
Principal Investigator: Brandon Lawrence, MD
Darrel S. Brodke, MD, Sarina Sinclair, PhD
Amount: $24,750

C2 Fractures in the Elderly: Complications, Costs and Regional Variations
Principal Investigator: Adam Pearson, MD
Brook I. Martin, PhD, MPH; Todd Albert, MD
Amount: $25,000

2013 CSRS Resident Fellow Grants
Evaluation of Metabolic Changes with NSAID Treatment on Intervertebral Disc Matrix
Principal Investigator: Tiffany Dugan, MD
James Kang, MD, Gwendolyn Sowa, MD/PhD, Nam Vo, MD
Amount: $15,000

Therapeutic Approaches to Protect Against Vascular Dysfunction and Neural Injury in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Spyridon Karadimas, MD, Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $15,000

The Use of Purified Heparan Sulfate in Combination with a Heparin-Binding Biodegradable Nanogel to Reduce the Requirement for Exogenous BMP-2 in Spinal Fusion
Principal Investigator: Michael Nickoli, MD
Wellington K. Hsu, MD, Erin L. Hsu, PhD
Amount: $15,000

Evaluation of Spinal Cord White Matter in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Before and After Decompression using Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey B Stambough, MD
Amount: $15,000


2012 Research Grant Recipients

2012 21st Century Research and Education Grant
The Effects of Peri-Operative Steroids on Dysphagia following Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery: A Randomized, Prospective, Double-Blind Study
Principal Investigator: Sanford E. Emery, MD
Scott D. Daffner, MD
Amount: $75,136 (year one of two years totaling $109,756)

2012 Seed Starter Grants
Ameliorating the Inflammatory Response to BMP-2 with a BMP Binding Protein
Principal Investigator: Michael D. Daubs, MD
Samuel S. Murray, MD, Jeffrey C. Wang, MD
Amount: $25,000

Improving Patient Safety During Management of Spine Trauma
Principal Investigator: Bryan P. Conrad, PhD
MaryBeth Horodyski, EdD, Gianluca Del Rossi, PhD, Mark Prasarn, MD, Glenn R. Rechtine, II, MD
Amount: $25,000

2012 Resident Fellow Grant
Is Postoperative Bracing Beneficial following One and Two level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF) using Allograft and Anterior Cervical Plate? A Prospective, Randomized Study
Principal Investigator: Evan O. Baird, MD
Sheeraz A. Qureshi, MD, MBA, Andrew C. Hecht, MD, Samuel K. Cho, MD, Steven M. Koehler, MD
Amount: $14,900


2011 Research Grant Recipients

2011 21st Century Research and Education Grants
Determination of the True 5-year Incidence of Adjacent Segment Disease after Total Disc Arthroplasty for Cervical Myelo-radiculopathy at One and Two Levels
Principal Investigator: Pierce D. Nunley, MD
Ajay Jawahar, MD, Darrel S. Brodke, MD
Amount: $80,715

A Novel Bioengineered Biomaterial to Treat Painful Neural Trauma via Modified Thrombin Activity for Improving Neuronal Function & Treating Pain
Principal Investigator: Beth A. Winkelstein, PhD
Paul Janmey, PhD
Amount: $75,000

2011 Seed Starter Grant
Timing of Local versus Distal Transplantation of Human Neuronal Stem Cells following Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Ivan Cheng, MD
Amount: $25,000

2011 Resident Fellow Grants
Neuroprotective Effects of Riluzole to Enhance Recovery in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Spyridon K. Karadimas, MD
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $15,000

Relationship Between Pre-Operative Expectations and Post-Operative Outcomes and Satisfaction in Cervical Spine Surgery
Principal Investigator: Alexandra Soroceanu, MD
Mitchel Harris, MD, Kevin McGuire, MD
Amount: $15,000

Surgical Training using Three-Dimensional Real-Time Navigation in Placement of Cervical Lateral Mass Screws
Principal Investigator: S. Tim Yoon, MD
John M. Rhee, MD, Daniel Park, MD
Amount: $12,000


2010 Research Grant Recipients

2010 21st Century Research and Education Grants
High-Resolution Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Alpesh A. Patel, MD
Eun-Kee Jeong, PhD
Amount: $40,530; year 2 of 2 years

Novel Use of Individualized Genomics to Screen and Predict Adjacent Level Degeneration after Cervical Spine Fusion
Principal Investigator: Ahmad Nassr, MD
Matthew P. Abel, MD, Bradford L. Currier, MD, Michael J. Yaszemski, MD, PhD, Mark B. Dekutoski, MD, Paul Huddleston, MD, Peter S. Rose, MD
Amount: $75,000; Duration 2 years

2010 Seed Starter Grant
Investigation of the Neuroprotective Effects of Thioredoxin for the Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Eftekhar Eftekharpour, PhD
Soheila Karimi-Abdolrezae, PhD, Brian J. Schmidt, MD, Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $25,000

2010 Resident Fellow Grants
Determinants of Outcomes from Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Development of a Novel Classification System to Facilitate Clinical Trials and Improved Therapeutic Strategies
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey R. Wilson, MD
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $15,000

In-hospital Complications Related to Cervical Disc Arthroplasty: National Experience Before and After FDA Approval
Principal Investigator: Sergiy Nesterenko, MD
Richard L. Skolasky, ScD, Lee H. Riley, III, MD
Amount: $15,000

A Comparison of Complications and Reoperation following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion and Cervical Total Disc Arthroplasty
Principal Investigator: Michael P. Kelly, MD, K. Daniel Riew, MD, Nelson F. Soohoo, MD
Amount: $15,000

Ultrastructural Manifestations of Normal Aging in Human Cervical and Lumbar Intervertebral Discs
Principal Investigator: Ricardo BV Fontes, MD
Edson A. Liberti, PhD, Vincent C. Traynelis, MD
Amount: $15,000


2009 Research Grant Recipients

2009 21st Century Research and Education Grants
High-Resolution Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) in Patients with Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principal Investigator: Alpesh A. Patel, MD
Eun-Kee Jeong, PhD
Amount: $40,530 Duration: 2 years

In Vivo Mechanics of Pain Resolution following Conservative Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy
Principal Investigator: William Anderst, MS
James D. Kang, MD, William F. Donaldson, MD, Joon Y. Lee, MD
Amount: $62,304 Duration: Year 2 of 2 years 2009 Provisional Approval

In Vivo Quantification of Adjacent Level Cervical Disc Integrity following Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion and Laminoplasty: A Matched Pair Analysis and Comparison using T1rho-weighted MRI
Principal Investigator: Joshua D. Auerbach, MD
K. Daniel Riew, MD, Baron S. Lonner, MD
Amount: $35,000 Duration: Year 2 of 2 years 2009 Provisional Approval

2009 Seed Starter Grant
Validation of Cervical Spine Surgery Simulation
Principal Investigator: Paul A. Anderson, MD
Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD
Amount: $29,701 Duration: 1 year

2009 Resident Fellow Grants
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of the Injured Human Spinal Cord: An Assessment of Recovery and Functional Plasticity
Principal Investigator: David W. Cadotte, MD
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $14,980 Duration: 1 year

Atlanto-Axial Kinematics: Is Motion Preservation at C1-C2 Possible in Cases of Congenital or Acquired Atlanto-Axial Instability?
Principal Investigator: Kyle Mitsunaga, MD
Robert Hart, MD
Amount: $15,000 Duration: 1 year

Dizziness Associated with Cervical Spondylopathy: Prevalence and Outcome Following Surgical Intervention
Principal Investigator: Jon T. Willie, MD, PhD
Neill M. Wright, MD, Timothy Huller, MD, Ian Dorward, MD
Amount: $15,000 Duration: 1 year


2008 Research Grant Recipients

2008 21st Century Research and Education Grants
In Vivo Mechanics of Pain Resolution following Conservative Treatment for Cervical Radiculopathy
Principal Investigator: William Anderst, MS
James D. Kang, MD, William F. Donaldson, MD, Joon Y. Lee, MD
Amount: $62,304; Duration: 2 years

In Vivo Quantification of Adjacent Level Cervical Disc Integrity Following Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion and Laminoplasty: A Matched Pair Analysis and Comparison Using T1rho-weighted MRI
Principal Investigator: Joshua D. Auerbach, MD
K. Daniel Riew, MD, Baron S. Lonner, MD;
Amount: $35,034.05; Duration: 1 year

2008 Seed Starter Grants
A Comparison C1-C2 Transarticular Screw Placement after Self-education and Mentored Education of Orthopaedic Residents
Principal Investigator: John Kirkpatrick
Amount: $22,100; Duration: 1 year

Economic Impact of Early Surgical Decompression after Traumatic Cervical SCI: Cost-effectiveness and Cost-utility Analyses using Ontario-based Health Costing Data
Principal Investigator: Julio C. Furlan, MD, PhD, MBA
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $25,477; Duration : 1 year

2008 Resident Fellow Grants
T2 Mapping as a Noninvasive Biomarker for Degeneration of the Intervertebral Disc
Principal Investigator: Harvey E. Smith, MD
Todd J. Albert, MD, William B. Morrison, MD
Amount: $15,000; Duration : 1 year

Defining Neural Precursor Cell-Host Interactions to Optimize Repair of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury
Principal Investigator: Gregory Hawryluk, BSc, MD
Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD
Amount: $14,852.32; Duration : 1 year


2007 Research Grant Recipients

2007 21st Century Research and Education Grants
The Role of Human Umbilical Cord Blood-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (hUCB-MSC) in Cervical Intervertebral Disc Regeneration
Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD, D. Greg Anderson, MD Philadelphia, PA
Amount: $32,500

Novel Imaging Approach Using 3D Stress MRI to Detect Altered Biomechanics in Patients with Evoked Neck Pain
Beth A. Winkelstein, PhD, Jayaram K. Udupa, PhD, Alan S. Hilibrand, MD,
James M. Schuster, MD, PhD
Amount: $60,310

The Delphi Trial-I (RCT)2: International Randomized Clinical Trial of Rheumatoid Craniocervical Treatment Intervention Prognostic (cost-)Effectiveness Trial Comparing ‘Early’ Surgery with Prolonged Conservative Treatment
W. C. Peul, MD, Jasper F. C. Wolfs, Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD, Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, Marcel Dvorak, MD, PhD, Alan S. Hilibrand, MD
Amount: $50,000

2007 Seed Starter Grants
High-Resolution Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) of the Cervical Spine Cord in the Setting of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Alpesh A. Patel, MD, Darrel S. Brodke, MD
Amount: $18,750

Resorbable Polymer Nanocomposites as Structural Bone graft Substitutes in Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
Harry N. Herkowitz, MD, Rangaramanujam M. Kannan, PhD, Kevin C. Baker, MS
Amount: $16,573.50

2007 Resident Fellow Grant
Assessment of Tumor Metastasis by Multi-Modality Imaging of a Novel Isolated Metastatic Spine Disease Model
Shen-Ying (Richard) Ma, MD, Francis H. Shen, MD, Theresa A. Guise, MD,
Bijoy K. Kundu, PhD
Amount: $13,000


2006 Research Grant Recipients

2006 21st Century Research and Education Grants
The Role of Human Umbilical Cord Blood-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (hUCB-MSC) in Cervical Intervertebral Disc Regeneration
Principle Investigator: Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD
D. Greg Anderson, MD
Amount: $32,500
Duration: 2 years

New Imaging and Diagnostic Modalities: A New Technique of Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Assessment of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy
Principle Investigator: Armin E. P. Curt, MD
Marcel F. Dvorak, MD, FRSC, Alex L. McKay, PhD
Amount: $65,932
Duration: 1 year

Granulocyte-colony Stimulating Factor Suppresses Neuronal and Glial Apoptosis and Promotes Functional Recovery after Spinal Cord Injury
Principle Investigator: Masao Koda, MD, PhD
Sumio Goto, MD, PhD, Akihiko Okawa, MD, PhD, Masashi Yamazaki, MD, PhD
Amount: $33,400
Duration: 1 year

2006 Seed Starter Grants
The Adjunctive Effect of a Binding Peptide on Bone Morphogenic Protein (BMP) in a Rat Spinal Fusion Model
Principle Investigator: Jeffrey C. Wang, MD
Ahmet Alanay, MD, Samuel S. Murray, MD
Amount: $24,432
Duration: 1 year

Novel Elastic Scaffold for Intervertebral Disc Tissue Regeneration
Principle Investigator: Xudong Joshua Li, MD
Francis H. Shen, MD, Yuqing Wan, MS, PhD
Amount: $25,000
Duration: 1 year

2006 Resident Fellow Grant
Clinically Insignificant Epidural Hematoma following Elective Posterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion
Principle Investigator: James A. Sanfilippo, MD
Amount: $15,000
Duration: 1 year


2005 Research Grant Recipients

Medtronic Sofamor Danek Named Research Grant
The Delphi Trial – I(RCT)^2: International Randomized Clinical Trial of Rheumatoid Craniocervical Treatment. An Intervention-Prognostic Trial Comparing ‘Early’ Surgery with Natural History.
Principle Investigator: W.C. Peul, MD
Secondary Authors: J.F.C. Wolfs, MD, M. Boers, MD, PhD (The Netherlands)
Award Amount: $30,000.00

DePuy Spine Named Research Grant
Neural Peptides in vitro Improve Metabolism and Proliferation Disc Cartilage Cells Principle Investigator: Paul A. Anderson, MD
Secondary Authors: Karen Myung, MD, Ray Vanderby, PhD (Madison, WI)
Award Amount: $30,000.00

Synthes Spine Named Research Grant
White Matter Fiber Tracking and Assessment of White Matter Integrity in the Cervical Spinal Cord – Pilot Study
Principle Investigator: Henning Voss, PhD
Secondary Authors: Roger Hartl, MD, Francis W. Gamache, Jr., MD, Aziz M. Ulug, PhD, Douglas Ballon, PhD (New York, NY)
Award Amount: $30,000.00

Aesculap Named Research Grant
Promotion of Spinal Cord Repair and Regeneration in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy by Targeting the Fas Pathway
Principle Investigator: Wen-Ru Yu
Secondary Authors: Michael G. Fehlings, MD (Toronto, Canada)
Award Amount: $29,154.92

Stryker Named Research Grant
Cell Based Gene Therapy to Promote Regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc in the Rabbit
Principle Investigator: Yejia Zhang, MD, PhD
Secondary Authors: Frank M. Phillips, MD (Chicago, IL)
Award Amount: $29,746.00