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November 22, 2022

2022 Research Grant Winners and Their Abstracts

During the 37th Annual Meeting, NASS announced the winners of its 2022 Research Grants. Since 1989, NASS has funded more than $4.4 million in multidisciplinary spine-related research. A total of $167,840 was awarded to this year’s four recipients based on scientific merit, significance of the project, approach and feasibility. Winners were selected by the NASS Research Funding Committee and Evidence Analysis & Research Council, and approved by the NASS Executive Committee.

Abstracts for each of the 2022 grant winners may be found here. The winners were:
  • Tej D. Azad, MD, MS for their Young Investigator Translational research project: “Development of a Liquid Biopsy for Spinal Cord Compression.”
  • Raphaële Charest-Morin, MD for their Translational research project: “Can Personalized Blood Biomarkers Detect Residual Disease in Surgically Treated Chordoma? A Pilot Study.”
  • Chan Gao, MD, PhD for their Young Investigator Basic research project: “Heterotopic Ossification Induced by Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: A New Approach to Prophylaxis and Treatment.”
  • Aditya Vedantam, MD for their Young Investigator Clinical research project: “Investigating Intrinsic Spinal Cord Stress in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy Using Patient-Specific 3D Modeling.”
The 2023 Research Funding Application is live - apply now!