2018 Berton Rahn Research Award

AO Foundation recognizes Daisuke Sakai, MD, PhD, at eCM conference

11 July 2018

Prof R Geoff Richards, AO Research Institute Davos Director, presents Daisuke Sakai with the
Berton Rahn Research Award, Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland,
June 2018

The 2018 winner of the Berton Rahn Research Award is Daisuke Sakai, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tokai University School of Medicine in Kanagawa, Japan. Sakai’s clinical interest focuses on the pathology of degenerative spine disease and the management of spinal deformity including adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, adult spinal deformity, and functional rehabilitation. The work this award recognizes took place under the AO Collaborative Research Project consortium Annulus Fibrosus Repair.

The Berton Rahn Research Award was established in recognition of Berton Rahn's immense contribution to the AO Foundation. Initially designed to honor the best completed AO start up project in any one year (based on final reports and publications from all completed studies), since 2017 any AO funded project has been eligible for the award, provided the applicant was under 40 years of age when they applied for the grant.

The award comprises a keynote presentation at AO Research Institute Davos's eCM conference, certificate, and financial prize. The AO Research Institute Davos Advisory Committee (ARI AC) reviews submissions from the various AO research committees and selects one as the winner. AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) employees cannot be nominated.

Sakai gave a presentation titled Exploration of cells and their niche in the intervertebral disc: studies from AO CRP Annulus Fibrosus Repair at the 2018 eCM Conference: Cartilage & Disc: Repair and Regeneration (June 2018, Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland).

To find out more about Sakai, his work, and previous winners of the Berton Rahn Research Award read the attached PDF.

On behalf of the AO Foundation, we congratulate Sakai on winning this prestigious award.

Daisuke Sakai, 2018 Berton Rahn Research Award Recipient, gives a presentation during the eCM Conference, Congress Centre Davos, Switzerland, June 2018

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