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

Milwaukee, WI (April 9, 2022) –  During the 29th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST), the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced the winners of the Thomas E. Whitecloud Awards given to the best basic science/translational and best clinical papers.

This year’s winner for best basic science/translational research paper is “The Role of Vitamin D Deficiency in the Onset of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: A Validation Study on Bipedal Mice Model by Zhen Liu, MD; Jie Li, MD; Zhikai Qian, MD; Ziyang Tang, MD; Kiram Abdukahar, MD; Zongshan Hu, PhD; Zezhang Zhu, MD; Yong Qiu, MD; Jian Cao, Assistant Professor

This year’s winner for best clinical research paper is “Randomized Controlled Trial of Instrumented vs. Uninstrumented Posterolateral Fusion for Lumbar Spondylolisthesis” by Andreas K. Andresen, MD; Leah Y. Carreon, MD, MS; Mikkel Østerheden Andersen, MD

The winning papers will also be the subject of a future episode of our podcast Scoliosis Dialogues: An SRS Podcast for a deeper discussion with the presenting authors. Scheduled for April 20, you can find that episode and previous episodes of our podcast on our website at or on the SRS Youtube channel.

Named after Dr. Thomas E. Whitecloud, co-founder of IMAST, the nominees are selected from abstracts submitted for IMAST. During the meeting, attendees vote for their favorite presentation via the IMAST APP, and the popular votes is taken into consideration by the IMAST Committee, who select the final winners. Click here to review past winners

IMAST is a scientific forum for leading spine surgeons, innovative researchers, and the most advanced spine technologies from around the world to come together to demonstrate recent advances in spine surgery. The meeting includes both live and self-paced enduring material and focuses on innovative and new methods/techniques for spinal pathology. 

Attendees also take part in educational content including didactic presentations, papers on current research, e-posters, case discussions, debates, instructional course lectures, and video demonstrations all lead by a multidisciplinary and international faculty. 

To best reach the global audience, this year’s meeting also featured a virtual option – making it the first-ever hybrid IMAST

The self-paced on-demand recordings of the sessions will be available to registered attendees through June 30, 2022, on our website at

For more information on this international meeting, visit our website


About Scoliosis Research Society

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 http://www.srs.orgfor further information. Also follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.