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Emory spine physicians receive international honor for lumbar research

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Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center physicians and School of Medicine faculty Tim Yoon, MD, PhD, William Hutton, and Zili Wang MD, PhD, received the Lumbar Spine Research Prize awarded by The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS).  The ceremony took place at the ISSLS annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Each annual meeting the ISSLS awards prizes in the areas of clinical studies, bioengineering studies and basic science.  The goal of the prizes, sponsored by DePuy Synthes Spine, are to encourage and continue Lumbar Spine Research. 

The winning abstract titled, "Effect of Link Protein Peptide on Human Intervertebral Disc Cells," aimed to determine if link protein peptide (LPP) could have value in stimulating the growth and regeneration of degenerated discs with less concern of creating unwanted bone.

"I am honored that our research was recognized in such a manner and even more thankful to my colleagues for their tireless work on this research," says Yoon. "The ISSLS’s emphasis on lumbar research demonstrates their commitment to advancements in this field of study."

All three physicians have dedicated many years to spine and lumbar research and have received other prestigious accolades and honors throughout their careers.

"Being recognized by an international community of experts in lumbar research is very humbling," says Hutton. "Our colleagues have highly impressive bodies of research and a forum such as this allows us all the opportunity to share, learn, and exchange information to the ultimate benefit of our patients."

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