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AANS/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves

Friday, September 22, 2017

Kline Award - $10000

The Kline Award sponsored by Integra Foundation is for either basic or clinical research related to peripheral nerves with funding up to $10,000. This research award is intended to establish funding for research related to the peripheral nerves, and to provide a means of peer review for clinical research projects to help improve the quality of the proposal and therefore, enhance competitiveness for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The award is also meant to create an annual funding mechanism to establish the AANS/CNS Spine Section as a known source for quality clinical research aimed at answering questions pertaining to the treatment of disorders of the spine and peripheral nerves.

Previous Recipients

2013Yuval ShapiraYuval Shapira, MD, completed his Neurosurgery residency in 2013 at the Tel Aviv Medical Center, where he developed specific interest and was involved in both clinical and research work concerning peripheral nerve reconstruction with Prof. Shimon Rochkind. Currently Dr. Shapira is starting a fellowship program in peripheral nerve surgery with Prof. Rajiv Midha at the department of clinical neuroscience, University of Calgary, during which he is conducting laboratory research mainly focusing on different therapy strategies to reduce axonal attrition and misdirection following experimental nerve injury, including use of skin derived precursor stem (Schwann) cells and applying brief electrical stimulation.Tel Aviv Medical Center
2012Chetan Bettegowda, MDChetan Bettegowda, MD, grew up in Charlotte, NC and completed his undergraduate studies in Biology and Religion at Duke University. He then entered the MD/PhD program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he completed his PhD thesis in the laboratory of Bert Vogelstein. Upon completion of his medical education, Dr. Bettegowda entered the neurosurgery residency program at Johns Hopkins where he is a currently a chief resident. Dr. Bettegowda’s clinical interests are in neurosurgical oncology, including tumors of the brain and spine. His research interests are in the global genetic profiling of central nervous system tumors and using the knowledge gained from these studies to develop blood based tumor biomarkers that can be used to follow disease burden.Johns Hopkins
2011Jacob D. Alant, MBChB, Mmed, FRCS(C)Jacob D. Alant, MBChB, Mmed, FRCS(C), received his medical degree in 1997 and completed his neurosurgical residency in 2006 at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He completed a Peripheral Nerve Surgery Fellowship with Dr. Rajiv Midha in Calgary, Canada from 2008-2009 and earned his FRCS(C) in 2009. From 2009-2010, he completed a Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship in Calgary.Dr. Alant is currently working on his Masters of Science in Neurosciences at the University of Calgary and is working to further characterize and validate their novel experimental traumatic neuroma-incontinuity injury model.University of Calgary
2010Gerald Tuite, MDDr. Tuite was awarded the Mayfield Award in 1993 during his neurosurgical residency at the University of Michigan. His combined spine and pediatric neurosurgical fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital at Queen Square was followed by a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine. He practices and teaches pediatric neurosurgery at All Children's Hospital in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He and his partners, Carolyn Carey, Bruce Storrs and Luis Rodriguez, are enrolling patients in a randomized, prospective, double blinded surgical trial of the Xiao procedure (a “skin-CNS-bladder” procedure for the treatment of neurogenic bowel and bladder dysfunction related to spina bifida) in conjunction with their urology, neurology and physical therapy colleagues.All Children's Hospital
2009Wilson Z. Ray, MDHe is spending two years conducting research in the lab of Dr. Susan Mackinnon, in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Tung. His focus will be on T-helper cell differentiation in promoting nerve allograft survival.Washington University in St. Louis
2008Nathan J. Ranalli, MDProject Title: Restoring peripheral nerve pathways through tissue engineering with transplantable living constructs comprised of stretch-grown tissue.University of Pennsylvania

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