Collaborative Spine is...
The Collaborative Spine Research Foundation was created in 2011 as a joint initiative between the American Association of Neurosurgeons/Neurosurgery Research Education Foundation (AAN/NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF). With decades of leadership and knowledge regarding the science and practice of spine care between the two groups, the organizations recognized the need to have a body focused on a sole mission: To advance the science and practice of the highest quality spine care through the collaborative funding and support of clinical research. This mission statement is the core tenet of Collaborative Spine, and all of the organization’s goals, processes, grants and programs work to achieve this end.
The goal of Collaborative Spine is to serve as the principal funding source of clinical spine research in North America. Research that the Foundation supports is based on a needs-assessment agenda developed with a diverse group of stakeholders. To achieve this, Collaborative Spine has:
- Created a broadly based Research Agenda Advisory Council to help identify the most crucial research issues within the clinical-spine arena that need to be addressed over the next five to ten years.
- Initiated and maintained consultation with stakeholders, including academic and medical societies; industry; insurers; and individual physicians, to gain insight regarding research needs.
- Developed mechanisms to secure funding for the most important research issues identified by stakeholders.
- Created strategies, vehicles, and processes to support, assess and ensure that all research is conducted in a valid, meaningful and rigorous fashion.
- Created a formalized grant-awarding process, with all awards given using a two-stage peer-review process that includes an evaluation of clinical impact and an evaluation and prioritization of research proposal quality.
- Developed a program to mentor and provide tight oversight of research studies in order to guarantee progress, timeliness, and compliance with research protocols.