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Our Heritage

Our Heritage
The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation is the proud co-creation of two of the most respected spine-research grant-making foundations, the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). These two organizations bring decades of leadership in advancing spine-care science and practice.

OREF | Making More Possible
From shoulders to knees to toes and everything in between, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) helps provide a better quality of life for persons of all ages by facilitating clinically relevant orthopaedic research and education.

With generous support from orthopaedic surgeons, orthopaedic departments of leading medical schools, grateful patients and orthopaedic industry, OREF funds research and educational initiatives that contribute to more effective treatment options and better outcomes for patients with conditions affecting bones, joints, nerves and muscles.

OREF decides which research studies to fund through a highly structured proposal and peer-review process that is modeled on the process used by the National Institutes of Health and reflects best practices for objective, unbiased assessment by prominent investigators based on scientific rigor.

OREF educational programs focus on encouragement and cultivation of the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons, especially the most promising new orthopaedic investigators whose discoveries are essential to continued advances in patient care. These include programs that OREF has pioneered, on its own and in partnership with other organizations, to provide skill development and mentoring opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons who demonstrate the capabilities and commitment necessary to pursue dual careers as clinician scientists.

An independent, nonprofit 501(c)3 grant-making organization founded in 1955, OREF is the leading and most experienced administrator of grants for the advancement of orthopaedic specialty care. Through May 2012, OREF has awarded more than 4,000 grants and awards totaling more than $120 million. For more information, please visit www.oref.org.