Public Release:  Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine names Dr. Hwang winner of Ernest Bors, M.D., Award

Miriam Hwang, M.D., Ph.D., of Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago wins Bors Award for best research article

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IMAGE: Dr. Hwang, a NIDRR-funded postdoctoral fellow, is the winner of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine's Bors Award for Scientific Development. view more

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The editors of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) and the leadership of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP) have announced the winner of this year's Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development. This prestigious award acknowledges the best research article by a young investigator during the calendar year. Miriam Hwang, MD, PhD was selected for her article, "Longitudinal changes in medical complications in adults with pediatric spinal cord injury." (JSCM 2014;37(2):171-178; DOI 10.1179/2045772313Y.0000000150).

Dr. Hwang is a postdoctoral fellow at Marquette University and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago. Her fellowship is funded by an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) grant from the National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research (H133P100008). JSCM is the peer-reviewed official journal of ASCIP.

"We are pleased to welcome Dr. Hwang to the ranks of Bors Award honorees," said Donald Bodner, MD, editor of JSCM. "We anticipate that this is just the first acknowledgment of her dedication to spinal cord injury care and research." As this year's Bors Award honoree, Dr. Hwang will be acknowledged at ASCIP's 2014 Educational Conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch, from August 31 to September 3, 2014. Dr. Hwang will present her paper at this Conference, and accept her award at the Conference awards ceremony.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

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About the Ernest Bors, MD Award for Scientific Development

Since 1994, the Bors Award has memorialized Dr. Ernest Bors (1900-1990), a pioneer in spinal cord injury care and research. Faced with caring for thousands of wounded veterans considered 'hopeless cases', Dr. Bors had to fight for basic resources. Despite these challenges, he made research and publication a priority. The Bors Award honors excellence among young investigators who, following the example set by Dr. Bors, are pursuing careers dedicated to bettering the lives of individuals with spinal cord injury.

For more about Dr. Bors, who was revered by his many patients, see: Bodner D. The Bors Award: Legacy of Ernest H.J. "Pappy" Bors, MD. JSCM 2009;32(1):1-2. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647495/)

About the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) serves the international community of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of people with injuries/disorders of the spinal cord. JSCM is the peer-reviewed official journal of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), a US-based multidisciplinary organization serving scientists, physicians, psychologists, nurses, therapists and social workers in the field of spinal cord injury care and research. JSCM is a member benefit of ASCIP. The editor is Donald R. Bodner, MD, of the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. JSCM is published 6 times a year by Maney Publishing.

Contact: Carolann Murphy, PA, Assistant Editor; Cmurphy@KesslerFoundation.org

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