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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: