During its 33rd annual meeting this year, Aaron Fields, PhD, an Assistant Professor in the UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery, received the Young Investigator award by the North American Spine Society (NASS), a multidisciplinary medical organization of more than 8,000 members dedicated to fostering evidenced-based and ethical spine care.
Fields, a basic science researcher and engineer, was awarded a $50,000 grant for his research study, "Does Enhancing Cartilage Endplate Permeability Improve Nucleus Pulposus Cell Function?"
"I'm incredibly honored by the NASS Research Project Management Committee’s decision to support our research," said Fields, who currently directs the Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biotransport Laboratory at UCSF.
"This support will enable us to study the translational potential of two strategies for improving spinal disc nutrition, which is a key obstacle that could impede efforts to regenerate the disc,” Fields added.
To learn more about Fields’ research, visit fieldslab.ucsf.edu.