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2022 Grant Award Recipients

Paul Park, MD
University of Michigan
Virtual Reality Enabled Resident Education of Lateral Access Spine Surgery

Hardeep Singh, MD
UConn School of Medicine
Effect of Depo-Medrol Application on the Psoas Muscle After Transpsoas LLIF on Post-operative Thigh Pain and Neurological Complications

Dr. Park and Dr. Singh will share the preliminary findings from their research at the 2023 SMISS Annual Forum.

Grant Applications

If you have a new or novel idea or concept in or around the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, please consider applying for a SMISS Research Grant. SMISS will fund (2) physician-initiated research studies in 2023.

Grant Amount

Two (2) grants will be awarded annually with a maximum value of $20,000 USD each.

Grant Deadlines

2023 Application Submission Deadline: June 30, 2023
Award recipients will be announced on August 1, 2023

Grant Conditions

  • Project duration can be up to two years.
  • Funds may only be distributed to an active SMISS members’ institution.
  • An active SMISS member must be listed as the Principal Investigator OR as a Co-Investigator.
  • Funds will be distributed on a timeline:
    • 50% at signature
    • 25% at mid-point with a report required
    • 25% at completion of research with final report submitted to SMISS and proof of manuscript submission.

A report EVERY 6 months to the SMISS Research Committee is required. The authors should be prepared to present their research at the SMISS Annual Forum or an update until research is complete.

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