Research Career Achievement Award is presented to a SPARTAN member who has made outstanding contributions over at least 10 years to clinical, translational, and/or basic science in spondyloarthritis. The award recognizes (1) A cohesive, major research program (2) demonstrating innovation (3) demonstrating reserach productivity with impactful publications
The Laurie Savage Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2017 to honor the contributions of individuals with exceptional contributions to the field of Spondyloarthritis. The award is named for Laurie M. Savage, M.S. FLE., long-time Executive Director of the Spondylitis Association of America (SAA). Laurie was instrumental in organizing the professional community to further the cause of Spondyloarthritis through SPARTAN, first as a program of the SAA, and later, as an independently incorporated organization. In the words of SPARTAN Board of Director members: She has been an amazing force for these patients. The SAA was the parent organization for SPARTAN and Laurie in a sense, our parent figure. Laurie gave a lifetime of work to spondyloarthritis, both in support of patients but also research. She was a visionary for the field and given spondyloarthritis a face in North America, when organizations representing more broad rheumatic diseases did not. Laurie passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018, after her three-year-long battle with cancer. She fought cancer like she did everything else – with optimism and fearlessness – and a determination to not allow it to interfere with her life and passions.