9th European Young Researcher Award 2017—Winners!

In order to encourage young researchers in the field of spinal care, and to support their work, AO Spine Europe and Southern Africa (AOSEU) send out annually a call for papers to their communities.

27 March 2018

Anne Versteege wins young researchers award

Also in 2017-2018, AOSEU received a good response rate with high quality participations, out of which the 5 best ones were chosen. Next to a financial contribution for their future research projects, AO Spine will be pleased to invite the winner to the Davos courses in December 2018.

In the reviewing and scoring process of the 25 applications for the AOSEU YRA 2017-2018, coming from 12 different countries, one paper stood out.

1st Place: Anne Versteeg from Utrecht, The Netherlands
The first place went to the Netherlands, more specifically to Anne Versteeg from Utrecht with her research on "Psychometric evaluation and adaptation of the Spine Oncology Study Group Outcomes Questionnaire (SOSGOQ) to evaluate health-related quality of life in patients with spinal metastases". 

Background & Purpose of the study

Evaluating health related quality of life (HRQOL) has become increasingly important especially in oncology. Therefore, the Spine Oncology Study Group Outcomes Questionnaire (SOSGOQ) was developed as the first spinal oncology specific measure. The research project submitted for consideration for the Young Researcher award resulted in the refined SOSGOQ2.0. The SOSGOQ2.0 demonstrated to be a valid and reliable measure to evaluate HRQOL in patients with spinal metastases who undergo surgical and/or radiotherapy treatment. The next step would be to translate the SOSGOQ2.0 into different languages, assess the psychometric properties and determine the minimally clinically important difference (MCID) in the SOSGOQ2.0 that constitutes a clinically meaningful change for a patient. The objective of the proposed study is therefore two fold; 1. to translate the SOSGOQ2.0 into Dutch and assess the psychometric properties, 2. to determine the MCID in the SOSGOQ2.0 in patients with spinal metastases undergoing surgery and/or radiotherapy.

2nd Place: Gianluca Vadalà from Rome, Italy 
Paper: A clinically relevant hydrogel based on hyaluronic acid and platelet rich plasma as a carrier for mesenchymal stem cells: rheological and biological characterization.

3rd Place: Pasquale de Bonis from Ferrara, Italy 
Paper: Transpars Microscopic Approach for the Treatment of Purely Foraminal Herniated Lumbar Disc: A Clinical, Radiological, Two-center Study.

4th Place: Jeroen Geurts from Basel, Switzerland
Paper: Comparison of in vitro osteogenic potential of iliac crest and degenerative facet joint bone autografts for intervertebral fusion in lumbar spinal stenosis.

5th Place: Carla Cunha from Porto, Portugal
Paper: Systemic Delivery of Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells for In Situ Intervertebral Disc Regeneration.

Please join us in congratulating the winners for their achievement.


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