Among the awards being presented at NASS 2017 are The Spine Journal Outstanding Paper Awards, which will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 26.
The Spine Journal and NASS created the Outstanding Paper Awards to recognize excellence in unpublished research in spine care. Each year, the Journal and NASS offer up to four awards for an outstanding paper in the following categories: Basic Science, Surgical Science, Medical & Interventional Science, and Value in Spine Care.
Winning manuscripts receive a $10,000 prize and will be published in an early 2018 issue of The Spine Journal. Winning authors will present their work from the main podium at the meeting and will take questions following the awards presentations.
OUTSTANDING PAPER: MEDICAL/INTERVENTIONAL SCIENCE
From the International Space Station to the clinic: how prolonged unloading may elevate risk for low back pain and lumbar instability
Authors: Jeannie F. Bailey, PhD, Stephanie L. Miller, MS, Kristine Khieu, Conor W. O’Neill , MD, Robert M. Healey , MBA, Dezba G. Couglin, PhD, Jojo V. Sayson, PT, DMT, Douglas G. Chang, MD, PhD, Alan R. Hargens, PhD, Jeffrey C. Lotz, PhD
OUTSTANDING PAPER: SURGICAL SCIENCE
Objective measurement of function following lumbar spinal stenosis decompression reveals improved functional capacity with stagnant real-life physical activity
Authors: Matthew Smuck, MD; Amir Muaremi, PhD; Patricia Zheng, MD; Justin Norden, MPhil; Aman Sinha, MPhil; Richard Hu, MD; Christy Tomkins-Lane, PhD
OUTSTANDING PAPER: VALUE IN SPINE CARE
Establishing benchmarks for the volume-outcome relationship for common lumbar spine surgical procedures
Authors: Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD; Daniel Sturgeon, MS; Camden B. Burns, MD; Tyler J. Hunt, BS; Christopher Bono, MD
OUTSTANDING PAPER: RUNNER UP
A minimum of 5-year follow-up after lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to intervertebral disc herniation
Authors: David J. Kennedy, MD, Patricia Zheng, MD, Matthew Smuck, MD, Zachary L. McCormick, MD, Lisa Huynh, MD, Byron J. Schneider, MD