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Obituary - Dr José Casamitjana

Dear Colleagues,

On May 5th we have lost a faithfully member of the Society and a good friend, José Casamitjana after he suffered from the consequences of a biking accident.


He graduated in 1974 from medical school and started his training as orthopaedic surgeon at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona between 1974 and 1979. He finished his specialisation in Cervical Spine Pathology within the Department of Traumatology at the same hospital in 1986.  From 1998 until 2013, Dr. Casamitjana has been the Head of Cervical Spine Pathology at the same hospital.


He was an engaged clinician, an expert surgeon, and an excellent teacher.


In 2001 he was awarded with the “Mario Boni Award” for the best research paper presented at the annual meeting of the CSRS-Europe in Turin, Italy. He was very much involved in our Society, but also in our sister societies in the United States and Asia Pacific. Since 2001 he was a member of the Board of the CSRS-Europe. In 2011 he was elected as President of our Society. He organized the cadaveric instructional courses in Barcelona and was very open for any suggestions that could improve the quality of this course. Thanks to the efforts of José these courses have been highly appreciated by the participants.


José was an honest man who took hospitality to the highest level, not only during courses and annual meetings, but also personally. He was very active, and also enjoyed life very much. He always spoke with love about his wife, his children, and especially his grandchildren with whom all our thoughts are now. We have lost a great man and a wonderful friend. He was an outstanding and committed member of our Society.


Research & Education

Research Grant Cervical Spine Research Society (European Section)


PLEASE NOTE: Research and Travel Grants are currently unavailable. The next round of funding application dates will be put up on website when decided.

The Cervical Spine Research Society is a multidisciplinary organisation that provides a forum
for the exchange of ideas and promotes clinical and basic scientific research of the cervical spine.

The organisation values collegial interaction and strong scientific principles. To facilitate research in the field of the cervical spine, the Cervical Spine Research Society – European Section (CSRS-ES) has the opportunity to award Research Grants of various amounts, both small start-up and substantial recurring grants up to a maximum amount annually of € 25,000, to research projects.

Requests for a grant should be submitted to the Administrative Secretary of the CSRS-ES. Research in all fields clearly related to the cervical spine are eligable for request of a grant. The Scientific Research & Education Committee will ultimately decide adjudication of the grant. The final grant will be dependent on the number of projects that are adjusted with financial support. Results of the supported studies must be presented at CSRS-ES Annual meetings. The CSRS-ES must also be acknowledged when the study is published.


Research Grant
- Research proposal
- Adequate statistical paragraph and financial paragraph should be included
- Letter of recommendation from the head of the department
- Curriculum Vitae including bibliography

Documents for download:

  1. Research Grant CSRS-ES Application Form
  2. Research GrantCSRS-ES Acceptance Form
  3. Research GrantCSRS-ES Terms and Conditions Form

Travelling Grant
- Proposal Travelling Fellowship:

  • Name of department, City, Country
  • Letter of approval of the head of the department to be visited
  • Demonstrable focus should be pathology, biomechanics or surgery of the cervical spine

Documents for download:

  1. Research Grant Fellowship Report Form
  2. Travelling Fellowship CSRS-ES Application Form
  3. Travelling Fellowship CSRS-ES Terms and Conditions Form

- Applications should be sent electronically to the Administrative Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


PLEASE NOTE: Research Grants are currently unavailable. The next round of funding application dates will be put up on website when decided.


Deadlines for applications are November 30th each year.

XXIst ‘Hands On’ Cadaver Dissection & Instructional Course; October 19-20th 2017, Barcelona, Spain