Promoting Cross Talk and Inclusiveness in Spine Research

Friday, February 2
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Room 104

ORS Spine Section Members ONLY

The Spine Section meeting will have two distinct parts: an educational component and a research component. In the educational component, Dr Gross and Dr Grisham will discuss how we can build awareness of the importance of diversity and team-dynamics in the research environment. A panel discussion will follow their presentations. The research part will feature speed poster presentations and short presentations by the 2023 Travel Fellowship and Peter Roughley award winners. Three speakers will present research talks on the topic: The Immune System in Chronic Back Pain, which will be followed by a panel discussion and a networking event at Café Sevilla.

Titles of Presentations and Speakers:

An Honest Conversation about DEI in STEM post-COVID
Kelly Cross, PhD, Georgia Tech-Engineering Education

Developing a High-Performing Workplace Culture
Molly Grisham, PhD

BACPAC and Chronic Pain Phenotyping
Conor O’Neill, MD UCSF

Crosstalk in the Human Intervertebral Disc: Inflammation, Nutrient Availability, and Pain
Morgan Giers, PhD, Oregon State University

Interaction between Local and System Inflammation in Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
Nadeen Chahine, PhD, Columbia University

ORS Spine Section Networking Event

The program will be followed by the a networking event at Cafe Sevilla in Long Beach, California, from 7:30 pm onwards. The venue transforms into a vibrant Latin-themed nightclub at 9:30 pm.