The PSRS Lifetime Research Achievement Award was created in 2013 by the Philadelphia Spine Research Society (PSRS) to honor an investigator who has established him/herself with sustained and long-lasting contributions in the area of spine research. The award is given biennially when at the ORS PSRS International Research Symposium.

The first recipient of this award was Professor Irving Shapiro, the Anthony and Gertrude DePalma Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Orthopaedic Research at Thomas Jefferson University. The award continues today with a generous support of the Shapiro Family Trust.


  • Honorarium of $1,000
  • Commemorative plaque

The winner must be present at the ORS PSRS 5th International Spine Research Symposium to accept the award.


The submission package must include:

  • Description of the major research accomplishments of the nominee (approx. 200 words)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A recent curriculum vitae of the nominee (NIH biosketches will not be accepted).

The complete package, prepared by a nominator on behalf of the nominee, must be submitted online through the PSRS Lifetime Achievement Award website by August 9, 2019.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee will review all nominations and select a single nominee to receive the award.

Submissions are now closed. Thank you for your nomination!

The PSRS, founded in 2004, was set up to bring together members of the Greater Philadelphia community of basic scientists, bioengineers and spine surgeons concerned with studies of the intervertebral disc and the associated spinal tissues. Over the last decade, the PSRS has broadened its reach to include a truly global community of researchers interested in the intervertebral disc and spine.

Makarand V. Risbud, PhD, Chair

Lori Setton, PhD

Irving Shapiro, BDS, PhD

Jill Urban, PhD

2019 Michele Crites Battié, PhD

2017 Jill Urban, PhD, Oxford University

2015 Professor Peter Roughley, PhD, McGill University

2013 Professor Irving Shapiro, PhD, Thomas Jefferson University