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Deadline Approaching for Dunsker Research Award Applications

The Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves is accepting applications for a $15,000 grant opportunity to be applied toward personnel, equipment, statistics and/or supplies. The Joint Spine Section Research Award supports impactful clinical research related to evaluating lumbar disc arthroplasty.

This research award provides a means of peer review for clinical research projects to help improve the quality of the proposal and, therefore, enhance competitiveness for future federal funding. This award is meant to support research that may not have substantial preliminary data. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of scientific rigor, innovation, mentorship/environment and feasibility.

This award is made possible by the Stewart B. Dunsker Honor Your Mentor Fund through the Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF). To support future research awards, please visit the NREF Stewart B. Dunsker Honor Your Mentor Fund page to make a donation.

The deadline is Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Visit the online Spine Section Awards page to download the award application checklist. Send the completed application via email on or before September 1 to Wilson Z. Ray, MD, FAANS, Spine Section Awards Committee, at

For more information about Spine Section awards, please contact Dr. Ray or Kristen Jones, MD, FAANS (