The ORS Spine Section was launched in March 2015 at the ORS Annual Meeting by the organizers of the Spine Research Interest Group (RIG) and the ORS. The Spine Research Section continues to play an important role in our diverse ORS community and to the future of patient care.

Currently, the section represents over 240 ORS members from around the world including biologists, clinicians, engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, veterinarians, and more.

With the growing international community of membership, the ORS Spine Section has become an essential resource for spine researchers to promote and support excellence in basic research as well as the rapid translation of new discoveries for societal benefit.

2017 Research Section Meeting
Sunday, March 19, 2017
8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
San Diego Convention Center
Room: TBA

Meeting Objectives

  • To present section priorities and accomplishments to the section membership.
  • To educate on focus topics of interest to section membership.
  • To advance knowledge, consensus and best practices in spine research.
  • To provide networking opportunities among different constituencies in spine research (e.g., academics, industry, clinical, regulatory).
  • To promote interactions among section members at varying stages in their careers and specifically to provide educational and networking forum for trainees with interest in spine research.

Meeting Topics

  • Symposium 1: IVD Tissue Engineering
  • Symposium 2: Clinical Opportunities for Technological Solutions to Address IVD Degeneration and Spine Pain

Find out more meeting details.

ORS Spine Section Happy Hour

Sunday, March 19, 2017
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
San Diego Convention Center
Room: TBA 

Join your fellow colleagues in the field and ORS Spine Section members for a networking event to celebrate the first day of the ORS 2017 Annual Meeting.

Section members! Please be on the look for an invite via email to come in January 2017!

Find out more information. 

Section 2017 Poster and Podium Awards

The ORS Spine Section Poster and Podium Awards recognize section members for their excellence in basic, clinical, and transformative research related to the spine and its sub tissues.

There will be total of nine (9) awards for 2017. This includes six (6) Poster Awards and three (3) Podium Awards. All award recipients will be recognized at the 2016 Research Highlights Session on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Find out more.

2016 PSRS Highlights

The 2016 Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium was held on Friday, November 4, 2016 at Drexel University. The meeting was co-chaired by Dr. Sriram Balasubramanian and Dr. Michele Marcolongo, and included the latest research in the areas of disc development & homeostasis, pathophysiology, and diagnostics & therapeutics. In addition, the program featured expert talks covering scoliosis, imaging, and chronic pain. The symposium was attended by over 130 basic scientists, bioengineers, and spine surgeons from around the country.

Congratulations to the podium and poster award recipients!

Podium awards:

3rd Prize – Rose G. Long, AO Research Institute/Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
2nd Prize – Elizabeth S. Silagi, Thomas Jefferson University
1st Prize – Olivia M. Torre, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Poster awards:

3rd Prize – Jennifer W. Liu, Washington University in St. Louis
2nd Prize – Sun H. Peck, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
1st Prize – James R. Peters, Drexel University

Thanks to all of the symposium attendees for their participation. A special thanks to Sri and Michele for hosting the meeting. View the 2016 Program.

Stay tuned! The ORS PSRS 4th International Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium will be held in Fall 2017. Dates and details to follow. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

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