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The ISSLS Prize program, sponsored by European Spine Journal, comprises three awards of $US20,000 each. Prizes are awarded competitively on the basis of scientific merit in one or more of the following areas: basic science, bioengineering science and clinical science.

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the 2021 ISSLS Prize winners

Clinical Science
What are the risk factors for low back pain flares and does this depend on how flare is defined?
Nathalia Costa, Esther Smits, Jessica Kasza, Sauro Salomoni, Manuela Ferreira, Michael Sullivan, Paul W. Hodges, Australia, Canada. 

Basic Science
A Novel Inducible System to Regulate Transgene Expression of TIMP1
Yingchao Han,Zhihua Ouyang, Richard A Wawrose, Stephen R Chen, MaximilianeHallbaum, Qing Dong, Emily Dando, Ying Tang, Bing Wang, Joon Y Lee, Jeremy D Shaw, James D Kang, Gwendolyn A Sowa, Nam V Vo, USA, China.

Bioengineering Science
In vivo sagittal motion of the lumbar spine in low back pain patients: a radiological big data study.
Fabio Galbusera, Frank Niemeyer, Youping Tao, Andrea Cina, Luca Maria Sconfienza, Annette Kienle, Hans-Joachim Wilke, Italy Germany.

Winners from previous years

The submission date for the 2022 ISSLS Prize has not yet been announced.

Papers submitted for the ISSLS Prize Competition must be original, full article manuscripts, not previously published or submitted for publication. All manuscripts submitted for the ISSLS Prize Competition will be considered for publication in the European Spine Journal, following the regular review process for this journal. The ISSLS Prize winning manuscripts will be guaranteed publication in European Spine Journal.

The Manuscript
The manuscript, written in English, should be in the form of a complete original article, including references, illustrations, tables etc. It should be submitted to the European Spine Journal, according to the instructions for online submission, which can be found here: This link will be available when submissions open in 2020.

The manuscript should be submitted to EUROPEAN SPINE JOURNAL no later than the date that will be advised in 2021.

Note: In order to participate in the 2022 ISSLS Prize Competition, the complete manuscript, submitted as a pdf file, together with the completed ISSLS Prize Application Form, must also be sent by e‐mail to at the ISSLS office by the date yet to be set.

One of the authors should be prepared, at her/his own expense, to attend the ISSLS Annual Meeting in Boston, USA, to present the paper and 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 for the Boston meeting (details will be provided in 2021).


With sincere appreciation the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine thanks the following companies for their support of the 47th ISSLS Annual Meeting.