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Scoliosis Research Society 49th Annual Meeting & Course

Pre-Conference Cruise!

SRS, along with our partners Alaska Destination Services (ADS), invite you to cruise to the 49th Annual Meeting & Course from Vancouver, BC, Canada! Cruise details are below. Those interested in the cruise should book early as space in the block is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Holland America 7-Day Northbound Alaska Cruise

Sunday, August 31, 2014 Vancouver, BC
Monday, September 1, 2014 Scenic Cruising the Inside Passage
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Ketchikan, Alaska
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Juneau, Alaska
Thursday, September 4, 2014 Skagway, Alaska
Friday, September 5, 2014 Glacier Bay
Saturday, September 6, 2014 At Sea- Gulf of Alaska
Sunday, September 7, 2014 Seward, Alaska*

*Transportation will be available at an additional cost through ADS from Seward to Anchorage. Flight arrangements are the responsibility of the delegate and guest.



Social Events

Opening Ceremonies & Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Open to all registered delegates and their registered guests at no additional fee. Name badges are required.

The Annual Meeting will officially begin with the Opening Ceremonies and this year’s Howard Steel Lecture, presented by Martin Buser, four-time Iditarod winner. The evening will include an introduction of the SRS officers and honored presidents from other spine societies.  All delegates and registered guests are invited and encourage to attend the Opening Ceremonies.  Following the Opening Ceremonies, we will move to a hosted reception featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and plenty of lively conversations and reunions with colleagues and friends.

The Welcome Reception is supported, in part, by grants from Medtronic and Spinecraft.

Farewell Reception

Friday, September 12, 2014

Open to all registered delegates and registered guests. Tickets are $25 each and should be purchased in advance. A limited number of tickets may be available onsite but SRS strongly urges delegates and guests to purchase tickets at the time of registration. Name badges are required.

The 49th Annual Meeting & Course will culminate with a cultural experience at The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Enjoy exhibits about Alaskan culture and heritage including guided tours of the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. The exhibition features more than 600 objects from the Smithsonian's collections that were selected and interpreted with help from Alaska Native advisers. In addition, 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 which measured a magnitude of 9.2 on Good Friday, March 27, 1964. A special exhibit commemorating this event will be on display at the museum.

The museum is just a short walk from the Dena’ina Center and the headquarters hotels; directions will be provided with your ticket. A limited number of buses will be depart the Hilton and Captain Cook at 7:00pm, and will continue between the headquarters hotels and the museum until 10:00pm. 

The Farewell Reception is supported, in part, by grants from OrthoPediatrics and SpineCraft. 

Guest Hospitality Suite & Activity
Location: Whitby Room, Captain Cook Hotel

Registered guests of Annual Meeting & Course are welcome to meet and plan their days over a continental breakfast, courtesy of SRS. The Guest Hospitality Suite is open Thursday, September 11 through Saturday, September 13 from 7:30 – 10:00 AM in the Whitby Room at the Captain Cook Hotel, one of the headquarter hotels of the Annual Meeting & Course.

SRS is pleased to announce the following activity available only to registered guests:
Native Beading Activity
Thursday, September 11, 2014
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM (times are tentative)

The art of beaded decoration has been and still is a time honored tradition in many Native Alaskan cultures. The beads were used to decorate clothing such as parkas, ceremonial dolls and much more. An indigenous Native artist will teach guests the significance of such decoration and also how to skin sew/adorn animal hides. Each guest will receive beads, skin and a key ring to create their own traditional Alaskan souvenir!

Optional Tours

The following tours are available to registered delegates and guests through Alaska Destination Specialists (ADS), our partners in Anchorage. All tour reservations must be made directly on the ADS website, beginning April 15, 2014. Any questions regarding registration or tour details should be directed to ASD.



Tuesday, September 9
Prince William Sound 9:00 AM-7:30 PM $226.70
Wednesday, September 10
National Park Zip Lining 8:00 AM-6:00 PM $320.50
Coastal Trail Bike Ride 1:00-4:00 PM $60.00
Thursday, September 11
Spouse Hospitality Program Morning **Included in Guest Registration Fee
Ride and Row 9:00 AM-4:30 PM $143.00
Anchorage Highlights 12:30-4:00 PM $102.00
Friday, September 12
Anchorage Highlights 8:30 AM-12:00 PM $102.00
National Park Zip Lining 8:00 AM-6:00 PM $320.50

Prince William Sound
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

$226.70 per person

Travel by exclusive motorcoach along the beautiful coast of the Turnagain Arm to Portage and through the Whittier Tunnel, the longest tunnel in North America. Tunnel through the Chugach Mountain Range and emerge in the small town harbor of Whittier, the gateway to Prince William Sound. Board a high-speed catamaran for a spectacular sightseeing glacier cruise.  In addition to viewing glaciers, participants will have the opportunity to view sea otters, bald eagles, fur seals, doll porpoise, sea lions and whales during the cruise.  The most common whales in Price William Sound are humpback and the orca or killer whale.  Passengers may also spot wildlife such as bear or mountain goats.  This cruise will travel to Barry Arm to view Cascade, Barry and Cox Glaciers as well as into the Harriman Fjords and on to Surprise Glacier.  Travel over 135 miles into Prince William Sound and come face to face with theses towering masses of ice while the calm protected waters of Price William Sound offer a rare no seasickness policy. Lunch is included during the cruise.

Price includes roundtrip transportation, driver gratuity, five-hour glacier cruise and lunch.

National Park Zip Lining
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014
8:00 AM-6:00 PM
$320.50 per person

Travel two hours north of Anchorage with an experienced guide narrating the trip to the quaint town of Talkeetna. Once in Talkeetna, explore Alaska’s boreal forests and take in stunning views of Mt. McKinley (Denali) and the Alaska Range from tree-top platforms or while careening through the air. Learn about the natural history of the area and rappel though it. Afterward, take a guided walking tour through downtown Talkeetna; explore the climbing mountain and stop for lunch at one of the locally owned, historic eateries for a hearty Alaskan lunch before making the return to Anchorage.

Price includes roundtrip transportation, three-hour zip line adventure, lunch, snacks, bottled water and guide gratuity.

Coastal Trail Bike Ride
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1:00-4:00 PM
$60.00 per person

Anchorage is fortunate to have an award winning trail system throughout the city and along the scenic coastline. On this trip, participants will take a guided ride along the inlet on the route voted best trail to view moose in Anchorage! Participants can expect to enjoy panoramic views of the Cook Inlet and the chance to view Mt. McKinley as they ride along this paved trail.  The trail is non-technical and good for all skill levels.

Price includes three-hour guided bike tour, snacks, bottled water, equipment rental (helmet mandatory) and guide gratuity.

Ride and Row
Thursday, September 11, 2014

9:00 AM-4:30 PM
$143.00 per person  

Travel north on the Glenn Highway for a scenic drive through Alaska’s backcountry and arrive the seven-mile long lake created by the retreat of Eklutna Glacier which is fed by glacial and fresh water streams. An experienced guide will lead participants in kayaks across the lake pointing out any wildlife sightings along the way. Participants may encounter moose, waterfowl, dall sheep and porcupines, just to name a few, as they make their way through the pristine waters. Once across the lake, participants will stop for a lake-side lunch and campfire before making the guided return trip via mountain bikes. No experience necessary, a kayaking lesson will be provided by the guide.

Price includes roundtrip transportation, driver gratuity, guided kayaking, safety equipment (mandatory), guided mountain bike trail ride, lunch and guide gratuity.

Anchorage Highlights
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014
8:30 AM-12:00 PM
$102.00 per person

Tour begins with a curbside pick-up from the hotel at 1:00pm. This narrated tour of Anchorage includes highlights such as Lake Hood, the world’s largest float plan base and historic downtown.  Learn about how the 1964 earthquake changed the face of Anchorage as we know it today. There will be a stop at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, a renowned cultural center and museum, for a guided tour. Guests will hear the history of our great state beginning with the first people coming to Alaska across the Bering Sea Land Bridge to present day as they walk a wooded path around beautiful Lake Tiulana and visit six life-sized Alaskan native culture sites. This tour will share the rich heritage of Alaska’s eleven native cultural groups drawing upon the ways of life from long ago and time-honored traditions.

Price includes roundtrip transportation, driver gratuity, three-hour guide tour, bottled water and snacks, admission fees.

Tour Guide Recommendations
By Local Host, James M. Eule, MD

Alaskan salmon or rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River
Fenton Bros


Try your luck for some Alaskan salmon or large rainbow trout on the Kenai River! A three-hour drive or one-hour flight gets you to the banks of the Kenai River that over 2 million salmon run up a year! Spend a day or week fishing with top guides for salmon or trout. If you’re an avid fly fisherman or a novice who’s always wanted to try, you can get into some great fishing. Don’t worry about bringing any of your fishing gear to Alaska, just show up and catch some fish! Lodging can also be arranged in the Kenai River area.

Custom Design your own Flight-Seeing Tour
Madura Air II


Pick your adventure and see Anchorage, Denali, glaciers and wildlife from the sky! Tours are available from one to four hours in length and can be customized to your liking.

Pre- and Post-Conference Activity Suggestions

Bear Viewing – Leave Anchorage via floatplane to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge, approximately a 75-minute flight. Land in Silver Salmon Creek Lake, canoe or boat about a ½ mile to trailhead and hike approximately ¾ mile to lodge (four wheelers available for non-hikers). Bear viewing followed by lunch at lodge and return to Anchorage.

Day Raft Trip on Lake Creek – Departure from Quiet Lake which is approximately one hour by float plane from Anchorage. After a short ¾ mile downhill hike to Lake Creek, raft 19 miles while possibly seeing bears, moose and eagles. Grab lunch at RiverSong Lodge sandbar and return to Anchorage that evening.

Fly-Out Day Fishing Trip – Fly to Yenta River Lodge from Anchorage and fish silver salmon from boats. Other fishing opportunities for large Northern Pike or trout are available on request.

Horseback Riding in Rainy Pass – Fly into the Alaska Range in Rainy Pass where the Iditarod runs through. Take a scenic horseback ride through the wilderness

Alaska Railroad Tours – See Alaska by Rail. Trips available through www.alaskarailroad.com

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50th Annual Meeting & Course
September 30-October 4, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

For more information and/or questions, please contact:

Scoliosis Research Society
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-289-9107
Email: meetings@srs.org

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