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NEWS RELEASE: SRS Announces the Winners of the Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards

July 20, 2019

Contact: Tressa Goulding, Scoliosis Research Society
Phone: 414-289-9107

Scoliosis Research Society Announces
the Winners of the Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards

Milwaukee, WI (July 20, 2019) – During the 26th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, July 17-20, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced the winners of the Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards. Named after Dr. Thomas E. Whitecloud, who helped found the IMAST meeting, the awards are given to the best basic science and clinical papers.

This year’s winners are:

Whitecloud Award for Best Basic Science Paper:

Correlation of Collagen X Biomarker (CXM) with Peak Height Velocity and Radiographic Measures of Growth in Idiopathic Scoliosis
Michelle C. Welborn, MD; Susan Sienko, PhD; Ryan Coghlan, MS; William Horton, MD

Whitecloud Award for Best Clinical Paper:

Intravenous Ketorolac Substantially Reduces Opioid Use Following Lumbar Spinal Fusion: Early Results of a Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo Controlled Trial
Sravisht Iyer, MD; Evangelia M. Zgonis, BS; Michael E. Steinhaus, MD; Jeffrey J. Varghese, MD, BS; Dan Stein, BS; Jingyan Yang, MHS; Todd J. Albert, MD; Frank J. Schwab, MD; Darren R. Lebl, MD; Han Jo Kim, MD; Matthew E. Cunningham, MD, PhD; James C. Farmer, MD; Federico P. Girardi, MD; Russel C. Huang, MD; Sheeraz Qureshi, MD; Bernard A. Rawlins, MD; James D. Beckman, MD; Harvinder S. Sandhu, MD, MBA

Nominees for the Whitecloud Best Basic Science and Clinical awards are selected by the IMAST Committee from the submitted 2019 abstracts for the IMAST and the SRS Annual Meeting. The nominees are invited to submit their paper’s manuscript which is reviewed by the IMAST committee. During the meeting, attendees vote for their favorite presentation via the IMAST app and the popular votes and manuscript scores are taken into consideration by the IMAST committee, who select the final winners.

The Scoliosis Research Society is a non-profit, professional organization, made up of physicians and allied health personnel. Our primary focus is on providing continuing medical education for health care professionals and on funding/supporting research in spinal deformities. Founded in 1966, SRS has gained recognition as the world's premier spine deformity society. Please visit for further information.


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