2019 Research Award Papers

1st Place Basic Science Research Award
Inhibiting Spinal Phospholipase A2 Prevents Pain & Attenuates Spinal Neuron Activity After Nerve Root Compression: Beth A Winkelstein, PhD

2nd Place Basic Science Research Award
Lotus Over Expression Enhanced The Motor Function Recovery Following Ips-Ns/Pc Transplantation: Shuhei Ito, MD

3rd Place Basic Science Research Award
Involvement of Autophagy In Human Cervical Spine Degenerated And Herniated Discs: Takashi Yurube, MD, PhD

1st Place Clinical Research Award
Nonoperative Management of Asymptomatic Cervical Spinal Stenosis: A Long-Term Follow-Up Study: Michael P Kelly, MD, MSc

2nd Place Clinical Research Award
The Effect of ACDF or Arthroplasty on Cervicogenic Headaches: A Post-Hoc Analysis Of A Prospective, Multicenter Study With 10-Year Follow-Up: K Daniel Riew, MD

3rd Place Clinical Research Award
Microendoscopic Laminotomy Versus Conventional Laminoplasty For Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy – A 5-Year Follow-Up Study: Akihito Minamide, MD, PhD

1st Place Resident Fellow Research Award
A Deep Learning Model for Detection Of Cervical Spinal Cord Compression In MRI Scans: Zamir Merali, MD

2nd Place Resident Fellow Research Award
Effect Of Local Retropharyngeal Steroids On Fusion Rate After Anterior Cervical Discectomy And Fusion: Steven Wahlmeier, MD

3rd Place Resident Fellow Research Award
Cervical Spine Fractures: Who Really Needs CT Angiography?: Mitchell S Fourman MD

1st Place E-Poster Award
Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Affects Pseudarthrosis Rates and Influences Patient Reported Outcomes: John Mangan MD, MHA

2nd Place E-Poster Award
A Prospective, Psychometric Validation of NIH PROMIS Physical Function, Pain Interference And Upper Extremity Cat In Cervical Spine Patients: Successes And Key Limitations: Sravisht Iyer, MD


2018 Research Award Papers

1st Place Basic Science
Transplantation of Neural Stem/Progenitor Cell Derived from Human iPS Cells with Gamma-Secretase Inhibitor Treatment Promotes Motor Functional Recovery and Axonal Regrowth After Chronic Spinal Cord Injury: Toshiki Okubo, MD, PhD

2nd Place Basic Science
Peptide Amphiphile Nanoscaffolds Enhance the Delivery of Rhbmp-2 in a Rabbit Spine Fusion Model: Ryan Lubbe

3rd Place Basic Science
NF-kB Inhibitor Reduces the Inflammatory Response and Improves Bone Formation in Rhbmp-2-Mediated Spine Fusion: Phillip H. Behrens IV, MD

1st Place Clinical
Effect of Cervical Decompression Surgery on Spine and Lower Extremity Biomechanics in Adult Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Patients: Ram Haddas, PhD

2nd Place Clinical
Comparative Analysis Between Early Surgical and Conservative Treatment of the Incomplete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury Without Major Fracture and Dislocation in the Preexisting Cervical Spinal Stenosis: Jung-Ki Ha, MD

3rd Place Clinical
The Impact of K-Line (-) in the Neck-Flexion Position on Patient-Based Outcomes After Cervical Laminoplasty for Patients with Ossification of the Posterior Longitudinal Ligament: Atsushi Kimura, MD, PhD

1st Place Resident/Fellow
The Impact of Time to Surgical Decompression on Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Acute Traumatic Central Cord Syndrome: Jetan H Badhiwala, MD

2nd Place Resident/Fellow
30-Day Preoperative Opioid Dosage Predicts 12-Month Satisfaction in Cervical Spine Surgery: Jeffrey Hills, MD

3rd Place Resident/Fellow
Smart Human Neural Stem Cells to Degrade Scar and Optimize Regeneration After Traumatic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Christopher S. Ahuja, MD


2017 Research Award Papers

1st Place Basic Science
Neural Stem Cell Mediated Recovery is Enhanced by Chondroitinase ABC Pretreatment in Chronic Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Hidenori Suzuki, MD, PhD

2nd Place Basic Science
Single-Level Cervical Arthrodesis Increases Adjacent Segment Midrange Motion: William Anderst, PhD

3rd Place Basic Science
Enhancement of Neurological Recovery and Attenuation of Inflammation in Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy With Intravenous Igg: Wenru Yu, MD

1st Place Clinical
The Real Costs of ACDF: A Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing Analysis: Gregory D. Schroeder, MD

2nd Place Clinical
The Impact of Local Steroid Application on Dysphagia Following an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Preliminary Results of a Prospectively, Randomized, Single Blind Trial: Kern Singh, MD

3rd Place Clinical
Distal Junctional Kyphosis (Djk) After Cervical Deformity Surgery: Analysis with In-Construct Measurements: Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, MD

1st Place Resident/Fellow
Favorable Prognosis for Significant Preoperative Upper Extremity Weakness Following Elective Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Christopher K. Kepler, MD, MBA

2nd Place Resident/Fellow
Investigating the Utility of Intra-Operative Neurophysiological Monitoring for Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Analysis of Over 140,000 Cases from a National Inpatient Dataset: Jetan H. Badhiwala, MD

3rd Place Resident/Fellow
Comparison of Preoperative and Postoperative Cervical Lordosis in Patients Undergoing Cervical Laminoplasty – Effect of C3 Laminectomy: Philip M Sinatra, MD


2016 Research Award Papers

1st Place Basic Science
Directly Reprogrammed Human Neural Precursor Cells – A Novel and Translationally Relevant Source for Cell Replacement Therapy in Spinal Cord Injury: Narihito Nagoshi, MD, PhD

2nd Place Basic Science
Therapeutic Impact of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Neural Progenitor Cells for the Treatment of Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD

3rd Place Basic Science
Delayed Surgical Decompression for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy Correlates with Reperfusion and Excessive Activation of the Immune System: Pia M. Vidal, PhD

1st Place Clinical
Is There Value in Retrospective, 90 Day Bundled Payment Models for Cervical Spine Procedures? Bryce A. Van Doren, MA, MPH

2nd Place Clinical
Is Cervical Bracing Necessary after Single- and Multi-Level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion? A Prospective Randomized Study: Samuel C. Overley, MD;

3rd Place Clinical
Risk Factors for Failure of Non-Operative Treatment of Unilateral Cervical Facet Fractures: Amir Michael Abtahi, MD

1st Place Resident/Fellow
The Effect of Local vs. Intravenous Steroids on Dysphagia and Dysphonia following Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF): A Single-Blinded, Prospective, Randomized Control Trial: Tyler J. Jenkins, MD

2nd Place Resident/Fellow
A Health Economic and Patient-Centered Analysis on the Value of Surgery for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy: Strong Support for Surgical Intervention: Christopher D. Witiw, MD

3rd Place Resident/Fellow
Should Asymptomatic Levels with MRI Abnormalities be Included in an ACDF Construct? A Long-Term MRI Analysis: Marcus D. Mazur, MD


2015 Research Award Papers

1st Place Basic Science
Transplantation Of Human Ips Cell-Derived Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells Enriched Neural Stem/Progenitor Cells In Chronic And Subacute Spinal Cord Injury ~ Soya Kawabata, MD

2nd Place Basic Science
Surgical Decompression In An Experimental Model Of Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy Induces A Neuroinflammatory Response: Implications For Perioperative Clinical Management ~ Pia M. Vidal, BS, PhD

3rd Place Basic Science
Total Disc Replacement Using Tissue-Engineered Intervertebral Discs: In Vivo Outcome In A Canine Model. ~ Yu Moriguchi, MD, PhD

1st Place Clinical
Prevalence And Imaging Characteristics Of Asymptomatic And Symptomatic Spondylotic Cervical Spinal Cord Compression In General Population ~ Josef Bednarik, MD, PhD

2nd Place Clinical
Predictive Risk Factors of Cervical Spine Instabilities in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Prospective Minimum 10-Year Multicenter Cohort Study ~ Yoshiki Terashima, MD

3rd Place Clinical
What Is The Fate Of The Pseudarthrosis Detected At 1 Year After Anterior Cervical Discectomy And Fusion? ~ Jung-Ki Ha, MD

1st Place Resident/Fellow
Cost Effectiveness Of Operative Vs. Non-Operative Treatment Of Geriatric Type-Ii Odontoid Fracture ~Brendan T. Higgins, MD

2nd Place Resident/Fellow
Laminoplasty Versus Laminectomy And Fusion To Treat Cervical Spondylotic Myelopathy: Outcomes Of The Prospective Multicenter Aospine North America And International Csm Studies ~ Carlo Santaguida, MD

3rd Place Resident/Fellow
Cost Utility Analysis Of Anterior Cervical Discectomy And Fusion For Degenerative Spine Disease In Elderly Population ~ Silky Chotai, MD