July 1, 2023

2024 Brace Design Contest

7th Annual Scolios-us Brace Design Contest

The 7th Annual Brace Design Contest officially starts on June 1, 2024, to honor Scoliosis Awareness Month! Follow the instructions below to download the template and submit your design. The deadline to submit your design is June 30th! Good luck!

Instructions

1. Download the template from our website.

2. Design your scoliosis brace. You can design the template digitally or you can print it and design using paint, pencils, pens, markers, glitter, feathers, etc.

3. Take a picture or scan your design.

4. Upload it to our website no later than June 30th. This year, we are allowing a maximum of three entries per contestant.

There are four age categories this year: 7 & Under, 8 - 10, 11 - 13, and 14 & Up. After the contest has closed, scoliosis experts will judge the designs. We will one award per age category. We will announce the winners on Instagram, Facebook, and on our website.

Upload Your Design Below

Between June 1-30th, you may submit your designs. You may submit up to three designs. By submitting your designs, you give Scolios-us permission to post your designs online. If you run into any issues uploading your design(s), you can always email your design to info@bracingforscoliosus.org.

Meet Your 2024 Judges!

Sara Morgan, PhD, CPO

Sara Morgan, PhD, CPO, is a Senior Research Scientist and co-Director of the Spine Research Program at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN. She conducts research on health outcomes related to bracing and surgery in scoliosis care. She is also an active volunteer in professional organizations, and currently serves as the Research Committee Chair for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

MICHELLE WELBORN, MD

Michelle Welborn, MD, FAAOS, is the chief of spine surgery and president of the medical staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland Oregon and the Diane Ruth Abramson Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic and Burn Surgery. She is active in the AAOS, POSNA, Pediatric Spine Study Group, and the Scoliosis Research Society. She is the head of the multicenter BLISS (Biomarker Longitudinal Idiopathic Scoliosis Study) Study Group and is an editor for Spine, Spine Deformity, and JPO. Her free time is spent hanging out with her husband and twin boys hiking, biking and skiing in the pacific northwest.

Lori Dolan, PhD

Lori Ann Dolan, PhD, has been involved in pediatric orthopedic research at the University of Iowa since 1990 and co-lead the BrAIST project. She has been a member of SOSORT since 2007, a Board member since 2017, and served as the scientific committee chair in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Dolan’s goal is to increase high-quality collaborative research in scoliosis.

Need inspiration? Take a look at the amazing 2023 designs!

Want more inspo? Visit the pages for the previous BDCs!

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7th Annual Scolios-us Brace Design Contest

The 7th Annual Brace Design Contest officially starts on June 1, 2024, to honor Scoliosis Awareness Month! Follow the instructions below to download the template and submit your design. The deadline to submit your design is June 30th! Good luck!

Instructions

1. Download the template from our website.

2. Design your scoliosis brace. You can design the template digitally or you can print it and design using paint, pencils, pens, markers, glitter, feathers, etc.

3. Take a picture or scan your design.

4. Upload it to our website no later than June 30th. This year, we are allowing a maximum of three entries per contestant.

There are four age categories this year: 7 & Under, 8 - 10, 11 - 13, and 14 & Up. After the contest has closed, scoliosis experts will judge the designs. We will one award per age category. We will announce the winners on Instagram, Facebook, and on our website.

Upload Your Design Below

Between June 1-30th, you may submit your designs. You may submit up to three designs. By submitting your designs, you give Scolios-us permission to post your designs online. If you run into any issues uploading your design(s), you can always email your design to info@bracingforscoliosus.org.

Meet Your 2024 Judges!

Sara Morgan, PhD, CPO

Sara Morgan, PhD, CPO, is a Senior Research Scientist and co-Director of the Spine Research Program at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN. She conducts research on health outcomes related to bracing and surgery in scoliosis care. She is also an active volunteer in professional organizations, and currently serves as the Research Committee Chair for the Orthotics and Prosthetics Foundation for Education and Research and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics.

MICHELLE WELBORN, MD

Michelle Welborn, MD, FAAOS, is the chief of spine surgery and president of the medical staff at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland Oregon and the Diane Ruth Abramson Professor of Pediatric Orthopedic and Burn Surgery. She is active in the AAOS, POSNA, Pediatric Spine Study Group, and the Scoliosis Research Society. She is the head of the multicenter BLISS (Biomarker Longitudinal Idiopathic Scoliosis Study) Study Group and is an editor for Spine, Spine Deformity, and JPO. Her free time is spent hanging out with her husband and twin boys hiking, biking and skiing in the pacific northwest.

Lori Dolan, PhD

Lori Ann Dolan, PhD, has been involved in pediatric orthopedic research at the University of Iowa since 1990 and co-lead the BrAIST project. She has been a member of SOSORT since 2007, a Board member since 2017, and served as the scientific committee chair in 2018 and 2019. Dr. Dolan’s goal is to increase high-quality collaborative research in scoliosis.

Need inspiration? Take a look at the amazing 2023 designs!

Want more inspo? Visit the pages for the previous BDCs!

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