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Winning Abstract

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Dr. John Sherrill and Associate Professor Dr. David Bumpass in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, who co-authored the winning basic science abstract submitted to the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS). Dr. Bumpass presented the top-scoring abstract, “Posterior Cervical Spine Fusion Assemblies Intended to Cross the Cervicothoracic Junction: A Mechanical Analysis,” at the recent annual meeting of CSRS. The full manuscript, with Dr. Sherrill as first author, has been accepted for publication in the journal Clinical Spine Surgery. Dr. Sherrill and Dr. Bumpass collaborated on the study with former faculty member Dr. Erin Mannen.

2021 Nobel Prize includes citation Dr. Jinhu Xiong's 2019 Study

Congratulations to Dr. Jinhu Xiong, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and colleagues on the citation of their study in the scientific background that was included in the announcement of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. The Nobel was awarded to Dr. David Julius and Dr. Ardem Patapoutian for their discoveries of thermal and mechanical transducers. As the Advanced Information for the award explains, the honorees’ work “has unlocked one of the secrets of nature by explaining the molecular basis for sensing heat, cold and mechanical force.”

Dr. Xiong is the lead author of a 2019 study published in Elife, “Stimulation of Piezo1 by mechanical signals promotes bone anabolism.” Coauthors included UAMS and Center for Musculoskeletal Disease Research colleagues Drs. Xuehua Li, Li Han, Intawat Nookaew, Erin Mannen and Maria Almeida, and Dr. Matthew J. Silva of Washington University.

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