SPINE-WORK: An Inclusive research community to study and improve force-based manipulations for spine pain
SPINE-WORK creates and fosters a multidisciplinary, scientifically and culturally diverse network of researchers from across the spectrum of approaches to understand force-based manipulations and spine pain.
The high priority research areas are:
1) Terminology and measurement of force-based manipulations (FBMs): The goal is to bridge language gaps that exist among clinicians, basic scientists, and engineers (e.g., stress, stiffness);
2) Mechanistic, multiscale research into mechanisms of FBMs: The goal is to encourage interdisciplinary collaborations that foster the creation of new knowledge across scales from the single cell to the whole spine;
3) Biomarkers of FBMs: The goal is to encourage discovery of biomarkers, such as anatomical, mechanical and imaging, that could be used to identify good candidates for FBMs;
4) Diversity and Health Disparity: The goals are to promote diversity in FBM/spine research, to identify social and racial disparities in spine pain and spine pain treatment, and to pursue opportunities to overcome those disparities.
Beth Winkelstein, University of Pennsylvania (contact)
Victor Barocas, University of Minnesota