March 2019

Research Grant Committee Update

Ivan Cheng, MD
Research Grant Committee Chair

It is my pleasure to announce that for the Fall cycle, the Research Grant Committee reviewed 11 total submissions and awarded four grants a total of $70,000 in funding. Congratulations to the winners listed below:



Amount Funded

Grant Type

Are Outcomes Affected when Sagittal and Coronal Last Touched Vertebra are Discordant and the More Proximal Level is Selected as LIV?

Benjamin D. Rove, MD


Standard Research Grant

Exploiting the use of patient-specific urine-derived stem cells in prediction of hypoxia inducible factor abnormalities in deformity progression of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Kenneth MC Cheung, MD


Small Exploratory

Schroth Method for Conservative Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: How Deep the Correction Goes

Saba Pasha, PhD, MS


Small Exploratory

The Effects of the Axial Vertebral Rotation on Curve Progression After Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Michael G. Vitale, MD, MPH


SRS-K2M Standard Research Grant

We had four team leaders who performed an admirable job in reviewing each submission in a timely manner while providing quality feedback. Thank you to Shay Bess, James Harrop, Saba Pasha, and Lukas Zebala.


Chair: Ivan Cheng Committee: Leah Y. Carreon, Past Chair; Marcel F. Dvorak; Frank LaMarca; Luis E. Munhoz da Rocha; Maxwell Boakye (C); Mohsen Karami (C); J. Naresh-Babu (C); Saba Pasha (C); Anuj Singla (C); Jennifer Strahle (C); Vidyadhar V. Upasani (C); Michelle C. Welborn (C); Qianyu Zhuang (C); Virginie Lafage, Chair Elect; Jwalant S. Mehta; Robert A. Morgan; Jianxiong Shen; Shay Bess; Theodore J. Choma; James S. Harrop; Lukas P. Zebala; Donita I. Bylski-Austrow; René Castelein; Jean-Christophe A. Leveque; P. Justin Tortolani; J. Abbott Byrd, Treasurer, Ex Oficio