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About Us

The Spine Research Institute (SRI) is a unique group of multi-disciplinary experts and facilities dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of spine and other musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).


The foundation of the Spine Research Institute was created in 1982 by our Executive & Scientific Director, Dr. William Marras. What began as a small faculty research lab quickly evolved into a growing collaboration between experts in a variety of complementary fields across engineering, life sciences, and medicine. In 2012, the Spine Research Institute was officially born to recognize a formal collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Medicine at The Ohio State University. As we grow, we continue to include new experts, partners, laboratories, and capabilities in our shared mission.


Our mission at the Spine Research Institute is to systematically improve the way we prevent, evaluate, and treat spine and other musculoskeletal disorders through causal pathways research, education, and the development of platform technologies.


We are united by our core purpose, which is to lessen the physical, emotional, and financial suffering imposed by spine and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Core Values

Core Values

Science We seek objective solutions that are backed by evidence
Integrity We hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards
Collaboration We are committed to building a team of interdisciplinary experts
Education We foster an environment of continuous teaching and learning