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Behrooz A. Akbarnia Award for Best Research Paper

The Behrooz A. Akbarnia Award for Best Research paper is granted to the author(s) of one free paper annually at ICEOS. Candidates for the award are selected by the ICEOS program chairs, who base their decisions on the highest scored papers in the abstract submission process. Congress attendees are then given the opportunity to vote on-site during the congress to select the distinguished prize recipient.

2020 Award Recipient - Patrick Cahill, MD

On Saturday, November 14, 2020 The Behrooz Akbarnia Award for best paper was awarded to Dr. Patrick Cahill, presenter and author of “Rib-based Anchors do not Impair Chest Wall Motion in Early Onset Scoliosis”.  Co-authors included Jason Anari, Nirupa Galagedera, Carina Lott, Joseph M. McDonough, Yubing Tong, Drew Torigian, Jayaram K. Udupa, Caiyun Wu, Catherine Qui.

This study included dynamic MR images acquired from 30 EOS patients (pre- and post-surgical) and 51 normal children were evaluated. Tidal volumetric parameters for chest walls and hemi-diaphragms via QdMRI based on segmentation results from 4D constructed images were analyzed for concave and convex sides of the spinal curve. Differential functional responses in thoracic components (concave and convex, separately) were compared before and after surgery.On Saturday, November 14, 2020 The Behrooz Akbarnia Award for best paper was awarded to Dr. Patrick Cahill, presenter and author of “Rib-based Anchors do not Impair Chest Wall Motion in Early Onset Scoliosis”.  Co-authors included Jason Anari, Nirupa Galagedera, Carina Lott, Joseph M. McDonough, Yubing Tong, Drew Torigian, Jayaram K. Udupa, Caiyun Wu, Catherine Qui.

Chest wall and diaphragm component tidal volumes significantly improve after rib-based fixation on both concave and convex sides. The improvement is significantly greater on the concave side than the convex side. Rib-based surgery appears to normalize the relative contribution of the chest wall to diaphragm in the respiratory cycle.

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Past Award Recipients

2019: Graham Fedorak, Bruce MacWilliams, Michal Szcodry, Peter Stasikelis, Joel Lerman, Kim Hammerberg, and Joshua Pahys; “Age-stratified Outcomes of Mehta Casting in a Large Multi-center Cohort of Idiopathic Early-Onset Scoliosis Patients”. 

2018: Ikka Helenius, Paul Sponseller, Anna McClung, Jeff Pawelek, Muharem Yazici, John Emans, George Thompson, Charles Johnston, Suken A. Shah, Behrooz Akbarnia and the Growing Spine Study Group; Surgical and Health Related Quality of Life Outcomes of Growing Rod Graduates for Severe versus Moderate Early-Onset Scoliosis."

2017: Daniel Bouton, Lori Karol, Kiley Poppino, Charles Johnston; Continued Deterioration in Pulmonary Function at Minimum 18-Year Follow-up from Early Thoracic Fusion in Non-Neuromuscular Scoliosis

2016: Amanda Whittaker; Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis: Brace Treatment to Skeletal Maturity