Brian K. Kwon, MD, Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, the Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Injury, and the Dvorak Chair in Spine Trauma, is the recipient of ASIA’s 2018 Apple Award. His paper titled “Spinal cord perfusion pressure predicts neurologic recovery in acute spinal cord injury” appeared in the American Academy of Neurology in October 2017.
The Apple Award for excellence in publishing in spinal cord injury rehabilitation literature is presented annually during the ASIA scientific meeting in recognition of the best published paper by a clinician or researcher in the preceding calendar year. The Apple Award is named in honor of David F. Apple, Jr., MD, founding member and Past President of the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). The award is a collaboration of three entities that were critically important to Dr. Apple during his long career in orthopaedic surgery at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where he served as founding medical director for 30 years. Dr. Apple is currently emeritus medical director of the journal “Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation” of which he was Editor-in-Chief from 1994-2011.
Dr. Kwon is an attending spine surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital, a Level 1 trauma center and regional referral center for spinal cord injuries (SCI). He is also a research scientist at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) and serves as Chair of the SCI Cure Committee for the Rick Hansen Institute. His primary clinical and scientific research focus is on spine trauma and spinal cord injury (SCI). Dr. Kwon has led the development of a novel large animal model of SCI and is utilizing this for both bench-to-bedside and bedside-back-to-bench translational studies. He has also led initiatives to establish a framework for how promising therapies for SCI should be evaluated in the laboratory setting prior to translation into human patients.
Dr. Chris West, Co-Senior author on the paper “Spinal cord perfusion pressure predicts neurologic recovery in acute spinal cord injury” accepted the Apple Award during the award ceremony at the 2018 Scientific Meeting. Dr. West is Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries, a UBC Faculty of Medicine research center that specializes in spinal cord injury. Dr. West is an integrative physiologist with a primary focus on how the cardiovascular system responds to spinal cord injury.
Co-authors: Jordan W. Squair, MSc; Lise M. Bélanger, RN, MSN; Angela Tsang, RN; Leanna Ritchie, RN; Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong, MD, PhD, FRCSC; Stefan Parent, MD, PhD, FRCSC; Sean Christie, MD, PhD, FRCSC; Christopher Bailey, MD, MSc, FRCSC; Sanjay Dhall, MD; John Street, MD, PhD; Tamir Ailon, MD, MPH, FRCSC; Scott Paquette, MD, MEd, FRCSC; Nicolas Dea, MD, FRCSC; Charles G. Fisher, MD, MPH, FRCSC; Marcel F. Dvorak, MD, FRCSC.
Rules and Eligibility
No self-nominations will be accepted. Nominees do not have to be members of ASIA. Recipients must register for and attend the ASIA annual conference at which the award will be announced, with an option to present the winning article as a poster. The Apple award recipient will receive a cash prize, complimentary ASIA registration and expenses to attend (maximum $1,000). The Apple award recipient will also be invited to present during Ground Rounds at the Shepherd Center, where Dr. Apple will present an engraved Crystal award.
How to Apply
Nominations are submitted, along with a copy of the article being nominated, to Patty Duncan: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following individuals are not eligible for the Apple and Vogel Awards: ASIA President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Research and Awards Committee Chair and Vice Chair.
Previous Recipients of the Apple Award:
|2017||Philip Popovich, PhD
|2016||Spyridon Karadimas, MD, PhD
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|2015||Meegan G. Van Straaten, PT, MSPH
|2014||Jacquelyn J. Cragg, MPH
Vancouver, BC, Canada
|2013||Ralph J. Marino, MD
|2012||Mark S. Nash, PhD
|2011||Christopher D. Pritchard, PhD
|2010||Anthony F. DiMarco, MD
|2009||James S. Krause, PhD
|2008||Christopher Patrick Smith, MD
|2007||Mary Jane Mulcahey, PhD