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December 2011
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Worldwide Conference Update and a Glance into Future Meetings

Ahmet Alanay, MD
Worldwide Conference Committee Chair

The Worldwide Conference (WWC) Committee held four courses during the final months of 2011. The Prague WWC Course September 6 through the 9 was held in conjunction with the SICOT Tri-Annual Meeting. This course attracted many participants from all around the world.

The WWC in Buenos Aires on October 12-13 took place as a pre-meeting course in conjunction with the Socieded Ibero Latinoamerica de Columna (SILACO) Bi-Annual Meeting. This was a course that included didactic sessions, panel discussions, and workshops on spinal deformity. In addition, for the first time, cases presentations obtained in advance from the audience and discussed by the faculty were part of the program. This very successful program resulted in a packed auditorium where world-renowned faculty discussed a broad variety of pediatric and adult deformity topics. Also, the social activities provided the participants with some unforgettable memories of this lovely city.

The course in Beijing on December 1-4 was held in conjunction with the Chinese Orthopaedic Association (COA) and was attended by a large number of orthopaedic surgeons. During this pre-meeting course, participants heard from some of the world’s leading experts on spinal deformities.

Finally, our last WWC of 2011 was December 8-10 in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This meeting was in conjunction with the Malaysian Spine Society (MSS) and featured six international faculty. The meeting was well-attended with 260 registered doctors and the lecture hall full late into the afternoon. The social program was also charming and the Congress Dinner had a show of local dance which impressed the participants. For the first time, the WWC included a forum for meeting patients, with nearly 60 Malaysian patients and their families attending. The aim of this forum was to introduce the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and its missions to patients and to educate them through lectures on deformity given by local experts and by the SRS President B. Stephen Richards, III. The lectures were followed by Question and Answer sessions, asked by patients, and answered by local doctors, and Dr. Richards. The success of this patient forum has motivated the WWC Committee to do the same during next year’s WWC events.

We are happy to see the increasing worldwide interest in having WWC meetings in conjunction with local spine meetings. This growing interest has pushed us to increase the number of WWC meetings from two to four this coming year. WWC program and sites during 2012 will include India, in conjunction with ASICON in February; Amsterdam, Netherlands, during Spine week, May 28 – June 1; Tel Aviv, Israel, in conjunction with the Israel Orthopaedic Association, (IOS) October 17-19; and finally Saigon, Vietnam, in conjunction with the Vietnam Orthopaedic Association (VOA) during December. The courses in the Netherlands, Israel, and Vietnam are open for volunteer faculty. I would kindly ask those who would like to volunteer as faculty to apply via the SRS Meetings web page or to communicate directly with me via my e-mail - aalanay@gmail.com.

Finally, I would like to thank all co-chairs and local and international faculty of the 2011 courses, as well as the members of WWC Committee for their time and great support for these organizations. I would also like to thank our corporate supporters for their invaluable support in organizing these meetings.

Committee Chair: Ahmet Alanay, MD Committee Members: Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD, FRCS(C), MA; Kenneth J. Paonessa, MD; Mark B. Dekutoski, MD; John R. Dimar, MD; Mohammad El-Sharkawai, MD; Hassan Serhan, MD; Christopher L. Hamill, MD; Peter F. Sturm, MD; Muharrem Yazici, MD; Munish C. Gupta, MD; Youssry M.K. El- Hawary, MD; Scott D. Hodges, MD; David H. Clements, MD; Marinus De Kleuver, MD, PhD; Mark Weidenbaum, MD.