Scoliosis Research Society
SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

Winners of the Russell A. Hibbs, John H. Moe & Louis A. Goldstein Awards

September 29, 2016

Contact: Tressa Goulding, Scoliosis Research Society
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Scoliosis Research Society Announces the Winners of the
Russell A. Hibbs, John H. Moe & Louis A. Goldstein Awards

Milwaukee, WI (September 24, 2016) – During the 51st Annual Meeting & Course held in Prague, Czech Republic, September 21-24, 2016, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) announced the winners of Russell A. Hibbs, John H. Moe & Louis A. Goldstein Awards. Named after pioneers in scoliosis surgery, the awards are given to the best basic research and best clinical research papers.

Nominees for the awards are selected by the Program Committee from the submitted 2016 abstracts for the IMAST and the SRS Annual Meeting. The nominees are invited to submit their paper’s manuscript which is reviewed by the Program committee. During the meeting, attendees vote for their favorite presentation via the SRS meeting mobile app and the popular votes and manuscript scores are taken into consideration by the Program committee, who select the final winners.

This year’s winners are:

Russell A. Hibbs Basic Research Award

Paper 28:  The Possible Pathogenesis in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Based on Experimental Model of Melatonin-deficient C57BL/6J Mice

Using the [125I]iodomelatonin-binding assay in this study, we found that the responsible site for the development of scoliosis was likely to the melatonin receptor in the paraventricular hypothalamus nucleus.
Masafumi Machida, MD; Jean Dubousset, MD; Atsushi Miyake, MD, PhD; Mitsuru Yagi, MD, PhD; Masakuzu Takemitsu, MD, PhD

(Pictured left to right) Kenneth MC Cheung, MD; Jean Dubousset, MD; Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD; David W. Polly, Jr.,MD

Russell A. Hibbs Clinical Research Award

Paper 37: Preventing Curve Progression in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) with Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation - A Randomised Double-blinded Placebo-controlled Trial

AIS is associated with osteopenia. Previous reports indicated AIS subjects had low dietary calcium (Ca) intakes and low Vit-D levels. This clinical trial on immature AIS girls with baseline arealBMD Z-score<0 and Cobb angle≥15° indicates daily [600mg Ca+ 400/800 IU Vit-D3] can improve low bone mass and prevent curve progression in AIS after adjusted for baseline maturity, baseline curve severity and bracing history.
Tsz Ping Lam, MD; Benjamin Hon Kei Yip, PhD; Elisa MS Tam, PhD; Gene Chi Wai Man, PhD; Wayne Lee, PhD; Kwong Man Lee; Fiona Wai Ping Yu, MPH; Yong Qiu, MD; Bobby Kin Wah Ng, MD; Jack C.Y. Cheng, MD

(Pictured left to right) Kenneth MC Cheung, MD; Tsz Ping Lam, MD; Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD; David W. Polly, Jr.,MD

John H. Moe Award for Best Basic Research E-Poster

Paper 281: Medical Complications in 3,519 Surgically Treated Elderly Patients with Adult Spinal Deformity: Comparison of Multicenter Surgeon Maintained vs. Medicare Claims Database

The aim of our study was to report the incidence of major medical complications in elderly patients with adult spinal deformity (ASD). A secondarily goal was to compare the rates reported by a prospective multicenter surgeon-maintained database vs. the Medicare claims database. We found that surgeon maintained databases reported similar complication rates as the Medicare claims database for most major medical complications. Multicenter surgeon-maintained databases provide substantially greater granularity regarding deformity characteristics and surgical details.
Amit Jain, MD; Hamid Hassanzadeh, MD; Varun Puvanesarajah; Eric O. Klineberg, MD; Michael P. Kelly, MD, MS; D.Kojo Hamilton, MD; Virginie Lafage, PhD; Aaron James Buckland, MBBS, FRACS; Peter G. Passias, MD; Themistocles S. Protopsaltis, MD; Renaud Lafage, MS; Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD; Christopher I. Shaffrey, MD; Khaled M Kebaish, MD, FRCSC; International Spine Study Group

(Pictured left to right) Kenneth MC Cheung, MD; Renaud Lafage, MS; Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD; David W. Polly, Jr.,MD

Louis A Goldstein Award for Best Clinical Research E-Poster

Paper 200:  Results of Shilla growing technique in pre-adolescent scoliosis

The Shilla technique, even in apex fused instrumented curves was not able to control the crankshaft phenomenon during growth spurt. This should be taken in consideration for the timing of the final fusion.
Khalil Emile Kharrat, MD; Maroun Rizkallah, MD; Amer Sebaaly, BS, MD

(Pictured left to right) Kenneth MC Cheung, MD; Amer Sebaaly, BS, MD; Justin S. Smith, MD, PhD; David W. Polly, Jr.,MD

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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