AOSpine Award winners join GSC

06. May 2019

AOSpine Discovery Award winners join Knowledge Forums at Global Spine Congress

This year's Global Spine Congress (GSC) kicks off in Toronto, Canada on May 15. Over 2,000 spine surgeons and researchers from around the world are attending this three-day event. 

The full and final program for the event is now available online, and highlights include members-only sessions on diverse themes ranging from How to Evaluate New Technologies to How to Become a Good Leader. Leadership is a central part of this year's event, as the GSC is hosting its first ever symposium on the subject, titled Leadership in the Spine World. 

Stand-out activities planned for GSC 2019 include best papers sessions to transform how we look at spine care, collaborative international spine society sessions on global topics led by top clinicians and researchers, and the AOSpine symposium on the latest advances, clinical impact, and future direction of Knowledge Forums (KF).

Young scientists who won the AOSpine 2019 Discovery and Innovation Awards will participate in their first KF at this year's GSC. These awards aim to recognize new talent and encourage young AOSpine members to perform high-quality, clinically-relevant spine research, as well as to be more involved with the AOSpine community.

Winner Joe Baker's study sets out to explore the relationship of the pelvic and spinal geometry and increase the ability to individualize planning in spinal surgery. "I am looking forward to being involved in the AOSpine Knowledge Forum and hope to develop relationships with others."

Arun Kumar Viswanadha's study is designed to find which antibiotic—prophylactic systemic or the intra-wound vancomycin—lasts longer at adequate concentrations in the surgical wound and contributes more to preventing infection. He is happy to receive funding for his project and to have an opportunity to share knowledge "I am looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at this early stage of my career. I hope this will tremendously transform my research career." 

Find out more about all the winners of the AOSpine 2019 Discovery and Innovation Awards here.

Find out more about how to take part in this year's GSC on the official GSC 2019 website​.