NASS 32nd Annual Meeting
2017 Research Grant Awards and
Traveling Fellowship Winners
NASS announced the winners of the 2017 Research Grant & Clinical Traveling Fellowship Awards at its 32nd Annual Meeting. A total of $149,999.72 was awarded to this year’s
recipients based on scientific merit, significance of the project, approach and feasibility.
Winners were selected by the NASS Research Project Management Committee and Research Council, and approved by the NASS Executive Committee.
2017 Traveling Fellowships
NASS Clinical Traveling Fellowships span at least one month to be spent in three to five
different medical centers studying spine techniques. The 2017 Clinical Traveling Fellowship winners are:
Mohammed Hassan Ibrahim Mahboub, MD, received a fellowship of $7,169.72 for
study at Oregon Health & Science University, University of Southern California and
UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Abduljabar Alhamoud, MD, received a fellowship of $5,500 for study at Rothman
Institute, Hospital of Special Surgery and Rush University.
2017 Research Grant Awards
NASS Research grants provide funding for promising projects by qualified investigators in
the spine field. Since 1989, NASS has funded more than $3.8 million in grants for spine-related research. The 2017 Research Grant Award winners are:
Clinical Grant: “A Prospective, Double-Blind, Randomized Control Trial of Post-
Operative Acetaminophen versus Ketorolac in Lumbar Spinal Fusion”
Primary Investigator: Harvinder Sandhu, MD
Grant amount: $46,550
Young Investigator Grant—Translational: “Identifying Molecular Determinants of
Local Control After Radiation Therapy to Spinal Metastases from Non-Small Cell
Lung Cancer (NSCLS)”
Primary Investigator: Erik S. Anderson, MD, PhD
Grant amount: $43,875 (partial funding for year one of a two-year grant)
Young Investigator Grant—Basic: “Real-Time Non-Radiation Based Navigation
Using 3D Ultrasound for Pedicle Screw Placement”
Primary Investigator: Ilker Hacihaliloglu, BSC, MSc, PhD
Grant amount: $46,905 (partial funding for year one of a two-year grant)
Reports from Previous Grant Winners
Previous NASS grant recipients include the following 2014 winners who presented their
findings at the Annual Meeting in Orlando. Abstracts of their grant-supported studies are
included on the following pages. Watch for more reports from previous grant winners in
upcoming issues of SpineLine.
NASS Research Project
and NASS Research Council