Young Investigator Research Grant 2021 Awardees Announced

Winners receive $20,000 to pursue novel discoveries in the science of spine surgery

08 April 2021

For the 14th year, the AO Spine North America Research Committee has established the Young Investigator Research Grant Award (YIRGA), funding new investigators who have a desire to perform high-quality, clinically relevant spinal or spinal cord research in basic or clinical science. The applications were evaluated in a peer review process by the Research Committee members.

The following investigators will each be awarded a one-year grant of up to $20,000 to help with their research. 

Jacob Greenberg, MD, MSCI - Washington University

Using Intensive Longitudinal Data to Identify Individualized Profiles Associated With Lumbar Fusion Outcome

Andrew Jack, MD, MSc, FRCSC - University of Alberta


Increased Postoperative Foraminal C5 Nerve Root Strain: A Mechanistic Animal Model for C5 Palsy

Thorsten Jentzsch, Dr. med., MSc EpidemiologyToronto Western Hospital

New Definition of Instability and Indication for Fusion Surgery: Standing Versus Supine Imaging

Marcus Mazur, MD - University of Utah

Is a Motorized Cervical Traction Device Safer Than Traditional Methods Using Pulleys and Weights?

The selected research projects will be carried out in 2021 and the investigators will be invited to present their results at the 2022 Fellows Forum in Banff, Alberta, Canada. 

Congratulations to the winners–they certainly represent a significant contribution to the quality of research being performed in North America. For AO Spine NA, it is a pleasure to be able to invest in promising projects like these and to incentivize the members to actively take part in the scientific development of the region.

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