Medtronic Awards Up to $7 Million for Cross-Disciplinary Spinal Research

The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation in Rosemont, Illinois, has announced a three-year grant of up to $7 million from medical technology company Medtronic to advance the science and practice of spine care.

The CSR Foundation will use the grant to provide as much as $10 million in competitive multiyear awards for independent investigator-driven clinical spine research projects. The size of the grant will depend on the organization's ability to secure additional industry support for its research agenda, which was developed in collaboration with key stakeholders from the fields of neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery.

Founded in 2011 as a joint initiative of the American Association of Neurosurgeons/Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, the CSR Foundation awards grants using a two-stage peer-review process that includes evaluation of clinical impact and evaluation and prioritization of research proposal quality.

"Clinical research in spine care is vital to our ability to advance patient care and improve access to needed technologies and therapies," said Doug King, senior vice president and president of the spine business at Medtronic. "As the global leader in the spine-care industry, Medtronic has demonstrated a commitment to clinical research in numerous ways throughout the years, and this grant is an evolution of that commitment. Collaborative Spine is uniquely positioned at the intersection of orthopedic and neurosurgical spine care. All professional societies affiliated with spine care will have the opportunity to benefit from this research grant."