ORS Spine Section Member Podium and Poster 2017 Award recipients with ORS Spine Section Leadership. All award recipients were recognized at the 2016 Research Highlights Session on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Congratulations to the 2017 ORS Spine Section Member Podium and Poster Award Winners!

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. Finalists for the awards were selected from abstracts authored by section members based on best abstract review scores. At the ORS conference, presentations by podium and poster award finalists were scored by independent judges (3 for podium, 2 for posters) based on the following criteria: clear description of hypothesis and methods, clarity of data presentation, formulation of conclusions supported by data, innovation, and overall quality of presentation.

Section Member Podium Awards

Stephen Richardson, PhD
University of Manchester
Defining the Human Fetal Notochordal Cell Phenotype

Joshua Stover
University of Utah
Epigenome Editing of Nociceptive Neurons Abolishes Degenerative IVD Induced Sensitization

Jason Wong
University of California San Francisco
Identification of the Compositional Traits and Permeabilities of the Cartilage Endplate that are Required for Nutrient Transport and Disc Cell Survival

Section Member Poster Awards

Hyowon Choi
Thomas Jefferson University
TonEBP-COX2 Axis Promotes Nucleus Cell Survival Under Hyperosmotic Conditions

Chitra Dahia, PhD
Hospital for Special Surgery
Weill Cornell Medical College
Conditional Genetic Mouse Models Targeting Shh Signaling To Study Intervertebral Disc Aging And Disease

Bailey Fearing, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Engineered Microenvironments Regulate Nucleus Pulposus Cell Phenotype of the Intervertebral Disc Through Serum Response Factor Signaling

Tom Hodgkinson, PhD
University of Manchester
Growth Differentiation Factor 6 Signaling Promotes A Non-degenerate Phenotype And Increases Proteoglycan Production In Human Nucleus Pulposus Cells Through Smad And Smad-independent Signaling Pathways

Prashanti Patil
University of Pittsburgh
Mitochondrial Changes Are Associated With Pro-ageing Features of Senescent Disc Cells

Elizabeth Silagi
Thomas Jefferson University
HIF-1α-Carbonic Anhydrase Axis Controls Acid-Base Metabolism in Hypoxic Nucleus Pulposus Cells

Be on the lookout for information about the 2018 ORS Spine Section Member Poster and Podium Awards coming soon!

ORS Spine Section Member 2017 Awards Supporters

Thank you to the following listed below for their generous support of the ORS Spine Section Member 2017 Podium and Poster Awards.