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2022 ISSLS Prize Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Clinical Science

Accelerated disc degeneration after pubertal growth spurt differentiates adults with low back pain from their asymptomatic peers

Anni Aavikko, Martina Lohman, Leena Ristolainen, Hannu Kautiainen, Kalevi Österman, Dietrich Schlenzka, Teija Lund, Finland

Epidemiology, Risk Factors and Clinical Impact of Juvenile Modic Changes in Pediatric Patients with Low Back Pain

G. Michael Mallow, David Zepeda, Timothy G. Kuzel, J. Nicolas Barajas, Khaled Aboushaala, Michael T. Nolte, Alejandro Espinoza-Orias, Chundo Oh, Matthew Colman, Monica Kogan, Frank M. Phillips, Howard S. An, Dino Samartzis, USA

Bioengineering Science

Low Rate Cyclic Loading as a Therapeutic Strategy for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration

Elizabeth A. Capogna, Emma Brown, Evan Walrath, William Furst, Qing Dong, Chao-Ming Zhou, Sarah E. Gullbrand, Nam V. Vo, Gwendolyn A. Sowa, Eric H. Ledet, USA.

Applications for the 2023 ISSLS Prize will open in mid-2022

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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.

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, in accordance with the instructions for online submission, which can be found here:

The manuscript must be submitted to:

One of the authors is required, 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 forthcoming annual ISSLS meeting. You must submit an abstract for the annual meeting in accordance with submission details announced by ISSLS prior to the meeting.

ISSLS Prize winners


With sincere appreciation, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine thanks the following companies for their sponsorship of the 48th ISSLS Annual Meeting in Boston, USA

ISSLS thanks the following exhibitors for their support at the 48th Annual Meeting in Boston, USA