The ISSLS Prize for Lumbar Spine Research

This year’s ISSLS Prize Winners

We are pleased to inform about this year’s ISSLS Prize winners are as below. The winners will present their papers during the ISSLS Prize Ceremony at the ISSLS Annual Meeting in Banff. Exact date and time will be informed soon

Growth Differentiation Factor-6 Attenuated Pro-inflammatory Molecular Changes in the Rabbit Anular-puncture Model and Degenerated Disc-induced Pain Generation in the Rat Xenograft Radiculopathy Model.
Authors: Shingo Miyazaki, Kenji Kato, Kevin Cheng, Juinchi Yamada, Mary E Lenz, Ashish D Diwan, Koichi Masuda, USA and Australia

Dynamic Imaging of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis Reveals Mid-Range Dynamic Lumbar Instability Not Evident on Static Clinical Radiographs
Authors: Malcolm E Dombrowski, Bryan Rynearson, Clarissa LeVasseur, Zachary Adgate, William F Donaldson, Joon Y Lee, Ameet Aiyangar, William J Anderst; USA and Switzerland

Longitudinal analysis of inflammatory, psychological and sleep-related factors following an acute low back pain episode: the good, the bad and the ugly
Authors: David Klyne, Mary Barbe, Wolbert Van den Hoorn, Paul W Hodges, Australia and USA


Last year’s ISSLS Prize Winners




More info

The ISSLS Prize program, sponsored by European Spine Journal, comprises three prizes of $20,000 US dollars each. Prizes will be awarded competitively on the basis of scientific merit in one or more of the following areas: basic science,  bioengineering science and clinical science.

Papers submitted for the contest must contain original material, not previously published or submitted for publication. A multiple authorship is acceptable. The ISSLS Prize winning manuscripts will be published in European Spine Journal. All other submitted manuscripts will be considered for publication in SPINE, following the regular review process for SPINE.

ISSLS Prize form 2017/2018

The manuscript
Written in English, should be in the form of a complete report, including original illustrations; not exceeding 2700 words – references and tables can be added; double-spaced; and in a form following the guidelines for online submission for the journal SPINE. Ethics committee approval is necessary for all animal studies as well as controlled clinical studies.

One copy to SPINE – by the web through the editorial manager not later than October 31, 2017. You will find “ISSLS Prize” under “Article Type”. Accordingly, articles sent by fax will not be accepted. Do not forget to give complete addresses with telephone number, fax number and e-mail address. Winners will be informed in January 2018. Please note that it is to SPINE you should submit you manuscript

A copy of the manuscript submitted to SPINE should also be sent to ISSLS – email to

One of the authors should be prepared, at her/his own expense, to come to the ISSLS Annual Meeting in Banff, Canada, May 14-18, 2018, to present the paper and to receive the award.

Please note: Submitting a paper for the ISSLS Prize is not an automatic entry to the abstracts for the upcoming annual ISSLS meeting. You must submit an abstract via the ISSLS web site (deadline November 15).