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Neurosurgery Spinal Research Laboratory

Our Mission

To improve care and surgical outcomes for patients with spinal problems through basic, translational, and clinically based research.

The Spinal Research Laboratory is the leading research laboratory in the world dedicated to animal models of spinal conditions. Using novel models and techniques, Dr Sciubba and his collaborators have been able to create new ways to study tumors of the spinal cord and spinal column, spinal paralysis, and spinal fusion physiology. In addition, they consistently test certain spinal devices for effectiveness in the spine.

An Overview of Our Research

The Spinal Research Laboratory is centered at the Hunterian Research Laboratory of the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Specifically located in the Cancer Research Building 2 (CRB2), it serves as the headquarters for all aspects of spinal research generated from the Department. It is also the center for basic and translational experiments and surgical operations on animals and cadavers.

Led by Dr Daniel Sciubba, this laboratory has received annual funding from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and various foundations including: American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), North American Spine Society (NASS), AOSpine, Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF), and the AANS/CNS Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves. Recently, the laboratory has also begun relationships with industry, including K2M and Depuy Spine. In addition, private donations are accepted regularly to help fund various projects.

Learn more about the array of research projects that Dr. Sciubba and his collaborators are conducting.