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 SOSORT - IRSSD Combined Conference


Registration now open! 

May 25-28, 2016

Banff - Alberta - Canada



Dr. Edmond Lou and Dr. Eric Parent are honored to invite you to Banff, Alberta in Canada to participate in the 1ST Joint SOSORT-IRSSD education and scientific meeting to be held at The Banff Centre located in the Rocky Mountains. For the first time, clinicians and researchers from the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) and of the International Research Society on Spinal Deformities (IRSSD) will participate in a joint scientific meeting. The scientific meeting will be held from Wednesday May 25 to Saturday May 28, 2016 with a welcome reception on Tuesday May 24th. A pre-conference educational course on clinical scoliosis care (May 24th) and a post-conference research course (May 28th) will also be offered.

The Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) was founded in 2004, and brings together scientists and clinicians focused on the conservative treatment of spinal deformities. SOSORT also led to the creation of the official journal of the society, the open BMC Scoliosis Journal ( SOSORT has also produced Consensus statements during many of the subsequent meetings on key topics including: bracing, exercises and reasons for justifying treatment. This year’s consensus will focus on updating the SOSORT guidelines on conservative treatment for scoliosis. Conferences are now held on the American continent every three years and in Europe otherwise. Recent SOSORT conferences were attended by representatives of 41 countries (Wiesbaden 2014) and 31 countries (Katowice 2015), respectively.

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Dear SOSORT Members,

Our annual meeting in Katowice has just finished, and I want to congratulate  all of you for the huge success of this event. The scientific quality of the meeting was probably the highest we have ever had in our meeting, and this depends on you and your active participation. We are growing, attracting more researchers and more clinicians, becoming stronger and spreading the knowledge about the orthoepedic and rehabilitative treatment of scoliosis around the world.

For the next year we have a main target, that is reaching the Impact Factor for "Scoliosis Journal", that as you know is our own journal, successfully lead so far by Dr. Theo Grivas. It would be great to have the contribution of all of you with original papers so to increase the number of publications. This would really help a lot!

I would also like you to write to me for specific suggestions you have for the Society, some further goals that we can plan to achieve during the next 1-2 years. I mean something very practical and crucial for the SOSORT, but also something feasible. According to your suggestion it will be my work to realize it.

Thank you once again for your support and for having given me the chance to serve once again the Society as the President. That's a big honour for me.


Fabio Zaina



Executive Board 2016

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Fabio Zaina

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Patrick Knott

Past President
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Jacek Durmala

President Elect
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Luke Stikeleather

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Helmut Diers

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Theo Grivas

Member - Chief Editor
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Cindy Marti

Member at Large
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Nigel Price

Member at Large
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Angelo Aulisa

Member at Large

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Scoliosis Journal

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Scoliosis Journal and Spinal Disorders (, the official journal of our society is now indexed in Pub Med. Therefore I would like to invite you to submit your next paper to our new journal in order to support our work. Well-documented studies on conservative and surgical management of scoliosis are still needed in order to balance the therapeutic approach to this disease. As an example, among 2000 articles published on 'scoliosis' in the last 10 years (Medline, 1996-2005), more than 800 (40%) have focused on 'surgery' but only 20 (1%) on 'prevention and control.' Scoliosis will provide a forum to fill this gap, to facilitate international communication of professionals and, finally, to improve the care of patients living with scoliosis.



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Chair: Jean Claude de Mauroy

Co-chair: Andrea Lebel

Newsletter: Mariette Kosse

Facebook: Andrea Lebel, Chris Diers

Twitter: Andrea Lebel, Jason Black, Michael Bradley

Linkedin: Larry Cohen

Research Gate: Patrick Knott

Translation: Nikos Karavidas (Greek), Pamela Espinoza (Spanish), Patricia Mentges (Portuguese), Pavel Cerny (Czech), Jean Claude de Mauroy (French), Michele Romano (Italian)



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