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March 2011
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Regional Update: 5th Annual Meeting of the German Spine Society Report

By Michael Ruf, MD
Global Affairs Advisory Board Member

The 5th Annual Meeting of the German Spine Society was held in Bremen December 16 -18, 2010. The German Spine Society was founded in 2006 as a union of the former German Society for Spine Surgery and the Society for Spinal Research. Since the unification, the number of members has rapidly grown. With more than 700 members presently, the German Spine Society is now the biggest spine society in Europe.

The meeting was inaugurated by PD Dr. Wolfgang Börm, Flensburg, Germany. The focal topics were experience, experiments, innovations, and evidence. Sixty-four oral presentations, 188 posters, and 14 special posters were presented during the three-day meeting. Seven invited lectures enhanced the main topics. A large number of additional workshops were offered. The Georg-Schmorl-Award was presented to Claudia Eder, Vienna, for her work titled “Bone debris collected during surgical decompression: A suitable autograft for spinal fusion?”

More than 1,300 participants, mostly from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, enjoyed the open discussions and the exchange of experiences with colleagues.

The 6th Annual Meeting will take place in Hamburg, December 8 - 10, 2011.