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February 13, 2024

NASS Grant Recipient Li (Jasmine) Xiao, PhD Discusses How Funding Has Been Crucial for Her Research and Career Development

Since 1989, the NASS Annual Research Fund has funded more than $4.6 million in spine-related research projects internationally. One of those grants was in 2021 to Principal Investigator, Li (Jasmine) Xiao, PhD, now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, who was awarded a Basic Research Grant for "Can modulation of macrophage phenotype reverse disc degeneration?"
Li (Jasmine) Xiao, PhD
“The NASS research grant has been crucial for my research goal and career development,” said Dr. Xiao. “As a research scientist, it has allowed me to pursue my interests in studying immune-disc interactions. Additionally, the grant led to my promotion as an Assistant Professor in my department. This funding has launched my research career and opened up more opportunities for the future. I am grateful for its support in advancing my research and academic journey."

Dr. Xiao’s grant-funded study resulted in two abstract presentations at Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) Annual Meeting, including a nomination for 2023 ORS Spine Section Poster Award as well as two peer-reviewed research publications in Advanced Materials Technologies (accepted) and Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (under communication).
Over the years, NASS has funded grants that include basic, clinical and translational science, as well as research on innovative nontraditional, nonsurgical treatment methodologies, performed with integrity. The mission is to improve quality spine care for patients and understanding of underlying disorders. NASS achieves these goals through funding grants and fellowships.

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As a NASS member, you have an important role in helping to shape the future of spine care by making a tax-deductible donation today. Your donation will ensure greater funding will be available to researchers with promising ideas that could impact the future of spine care globally; 100% of Annual Research Fund dollars collected directly to funding research projects.