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International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST)

April 10-13, 2024 | San Diego, CA, USA

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Registration

  • Early Registration Rate Open
  • Key Dates
  • Events
  • Cancellation and Refund Policy

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Housing

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Program

  • Learning Objectives
  • Daily Schedule
  • Preliminary Program

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Presenters

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  • General Requirements
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CME

  • ACCME Accreditation Statement
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Abstracts

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Exhibits and Support

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Travel

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The 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) has received compliance from Ethical MedTech.  

Key Dates

*dates are subject to change

March 11, 2024 Early Registration Rate Closes
April 1, 2024 Pre-Registration Closes
April 10-13, 2024 31st IMAST in San Diego, California, USA

 

About IMAST

The 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) will offer an in-person meeting experience, in San Diego, CA, where leading spine surgeons, innovative researchers, and the most advanced spine technologies come together in an international forum to demonstrate and discuss recent advances in spine surgery. IMAST focuses on innovative and new methods/techniques for spinal pathology. Educational content includes instructional course lectures, four-minute paper presentations, case discussions, E-Point Presentations, and industry workshops, all lead by a multidisciplinary and international faculty.

Meeting Venue

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92101, USA

 

Program

The 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) has received compliance from Ethical MedTech.  

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of IMAST, you should be able to:

  1. Assess and evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of robotics, navigation and enabling technology for the treatment of spinal conditions.
  2. Discuss the impact of osteoporosis on the ability to treat spinal pathologies
  3. Examine the different types of anterior approaches for pediatrics scoliosis and assess the limitations of each approach
  4. Analyze the operative and nonoperative care of AIS throughout a patient's life, from childhood to adulthood  
  5. Understand the options for the management of adult spinal deformity using minimally invasive surgical techniques

View and download the Preliminary Program by clicking on the button below.

Preliminary Program

At-a-Glance

16:00 - 18:00
Concurrent Sessions | Cases & Cocktails 1-3

Cases & Cocktails 1: Novel Techniques in Complex Thoracolumbar Deformity

Cases & Cocktails 2: Innovation in Pediatric Deformity (VBT, Apifix, Endoscopic, etc.)

Cases & Cocktails 3: Adult and Pediatric Cervical Deformity

18:00 - 20:00
Welcome Reception*

The 31st IMAST will officially begin with the Welcome Reception, a hosted reception featuring hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and reunions with colleagues and friends and exhibitor viewing.

Available at no charge to in-person meeting delegates, $50 USD for guests of registered delegates.

*denotes a Non-CME session/event

Registration

Please join us April 10-13, 2024, in San Diego, California, USA for the 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques.

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Key Dates

Early Registration Rate Closes March 11, 2024
Cancellation Refund Deadline March 11, 2024
Pre-registration Closes April 1, 2024
On-Site Registration Opens April 10, 2024

 

Meeting Pricing

Registration Class Early Registration Rate
On or before March 11, 2024
Late/ Onsite Registration
After March 12, 2024
SRS Member – Physician $900 $1,080
SRS Member – Non-Physician $450 $540
SRS Emeritus Member $450 $540
DSPN Member $900 $1,080
Non-Member Physician $1,100 $1,320
Non-Member Non-Physician $550 $660
Resident / Fellow / Medical Student $450 $540
Delegate from Reduced Rate Country* $400 $480
Industry Representative $1,150 $1,380


*Visit here for countries that qualify for reduced rate registration.

Registration Procedure

SRS encourages online registration. If you forgot your SRS username and password, reset your username and password here.
A PDF registration form is available. Download the form here, complete it and return it to meetings@srs.org.

What is Included?

Registration policies are subject to change.

  • Entrance to all general and concurrent sessions
  • Admission to the industry hands-on workshops
  • Meeting materials
  • Refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Welcome Reception
  • Certificate of attendance and CME credits
  • Meeting app with ARS capabilities for an interactive meeting experience
  • Access to meet face-to-face with exhibitors

Questions?

For registration questions, please contact the SRS Meetings team at meetings@srs.org.

Housing

Key Dates

Hotel Booking Deadline March 4, 2024

 

Headquarter Hotel

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina
333 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, California, 92101 USA

A block of rooms is being held courtesy of the Scoliosis Research Society at the headquarter hotel and meeting venue, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.

Book Hotel Room

Attendees are encouraged to book their hotel reservations at the SRS headquarter hotel. Staying at the headquarter hotel not only allows attendees to take advantage of special discounted room rates, but also puts them in close proximity to all meeting events for maximum interaction with fellow attendees and faculty and a hassle-free experience. Additionally, booking in the block helps the Society avoid penalties for not filling its hotel block, which keeps meeting expenses and thus registration rates lower, and achieve a consistent hotel booking history that helps SRS continue to negotiate the lowest room rates possible for future meetings.

Room Rates

Single/Double Occupancy: $309.00
Triple Occupancy: $304.00
Quadruple Occupancy: $329.00

Room rates are quoted exclusive of any applicable taxes (currently 12.5%), applicable services fees ($0.77 CA Commerce Fee, per night) and/or Hotel-specific fees, and any requested upgrades. Taxes and service fees are subject to change.

Room rates do not include breakfast.

Destination Amenity Fee

Room rates will be subject to a non-commissionable daily destination amenity fee (currently $35.00 per room per night) in effect at the time of check in. This fee will cover several amenities which at this time include: One-hour bicycle rental, One-hour Kayak or paddleboard rental, High speed internet access in guestroom, complimentary wireless internet in the meeting space for basic usage, ie email and browsing (up to 3mbps), daily 45-minute yoga class, boot camp, water aerobics, or Zumba, $15 F/B credit at Starbucks or Exchange, two glasses of wine with complementary cheese offering in Marina Kitchen, and one complimentary shoe shine per stay (boots or suede and gratuity not included). Covered amenities are subject to change.

CME

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Certificates

CME certificates will be available to pre-registered delegates upon the opening of the meeting. Delegates who registered onsite may access their certificates after 30 days.

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Credit Designation

The Scoliosis Research Society designates this Live activity, 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques, for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Meeting Date Maximum Daily Credits
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 2
Thursday, April 11, 2024 6.25
Friday, April 12, 2024 5.75

 

Exhibits and Support

Corporate Support Opportunities are now available!

Support levels are based on total contributions throughout the year and include the Annual Meeting, IMAST, Global Outreach Scholarships, Edgar Dawson Memorial Scholarships, SRS Traveling Fellowships and the Research Education Outreach (REO) Fund.

Download a PDF copy of the 2024 Support Brochure

Completed forms can be returned to the SRS Office via email at corporatesupport@srs.org.

Travel

About San Diego

San Diego is a beach city nestled in the beautiful California Pacific coastline. One of many of the city’s attractions include Balboa Park -- the site of the San Diego Zoo -- as art galleries, artist studios, museums, and gardens. The harbor is home to the USS Midway, a naval aircraft carrier that was the largest ship in the world until 1955, served the US Navy until 1992 and now is a military museum.

Arriving in San Diego

San Diego International Airport (SAN) is the main airport in San Diego. SAN is located approximately 3.3 miles to the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina (333 West Harbor Drive).

Taxis or rideshares (Uber, Lyft) are commonly used and available at the airport.

Presenters

Key Dates

 December 4, 2023  Registration Opens
 January 12, 2024  Deadline to Respond to Invitation, and Complete Financial Relationship Disclosure, Attestation, and Non-exclusive Forms
 January 26, 2024    Deadline to Register for the Meeting, Deadline to Make Changes to Title or Authors* and Deadline to Withdraw to Avoid No-Show Consideration
 February 9, 2024  Online Speaker Ready Room Opens
 March 11, 2024  Deadline to Upload Faculty Presentations
 March 19, 2024  Deadline to upload Manuscript
 April 1, 2024  Deadline to Upload Podium and E-Point Presentations to Speaker Ready Room
 April 1, 2024  Online Speaker Ready Room Closes at 17:00 EDT (US)

*Authors can only be added to an abstract if they have an existing author account in the abstract submission system AND a completed COI Disclosure Form. Changes can NOT be made to the body of the abstract, images, or tables. No exceptions.

Registration

Faculty and Presenting Authors: Please refer to your invitation.

Presenting authors are required to register for the meeting and pay the required registration fees. If the original presenting author is unable to present live in San Diego, another co-author on the paper may present in their place. Please contact education@srs.org by January 26, 2024 with any author changes.

For more information on registration, please visit: Registration.

CME

The 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Deformity is CME accredited, and it is therefore essential that the presentations are free from commercial influence. References to commercial products must use their generic name or be balanced by referring to other similar products. Please see the guidelines below for CME information.

Non-Exclusive License and Attestation

All faculty, podium, and E-Point presenting authors must complete a Non-Exclusive License and Attestation Form in the Speaker Management System. All presenters will be prompted to complete this form upon logging in to accept their presentation(s) by January 12, 2024.

Disclosures

All faculty, podium, and E-Point presentations must disclose the author’s financial relationships with ineligible companies from the past 24 months.

Please note: An ineligible company is one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Sample Disclosure Slide

Product Name Use Policy

SRS strongly prefers that pharmaceuticals and proprietary software/databases as well as surgical approaches or specific instrumentation such as “Surgimap, MIMICS, EOS Imaging, ROTEM, XLIF, DLIF, AxiaLIF, Solera, Vertex, Expedium, Mountaineer, VEPTR, Shilla, etc.,” are not used in presentations. These terms should be replaced by a generic term or description of the drug, software/database and/or instrumentation or technique unless the use of the term directly impacts learners’ understanding of the presentation or data. Instrumentation may also be referred to when the device name is a landmark system that is no longer sold (i.e. Harrington, Cotrel-Dubousset, Luque).

It is recognized that studies evaluating a device or devices or comparing different devices or techniques may require the use of product or technique names. If a device trade name or industry developed technique using a trademarked name are used in an abstract or presentation, it will be specifically reviewed by the CME Committee for evaluation of any relevant financial relationships. When there is a known relevant financial relationship, expanded verbal disclosure will be necessary at the time of presentation.

Furthermore, if a product name is mentioned, the audience should be informed of why it is necessary to give the name.

Product-Specific Language Glossary

Manuscripts

Manuscripts are required for abstracts selected as Podium Presentations. Manuscripts must be uploaded in the Speaker Management System by presenting authors no later than March 19, 2024.

For more information, please visit: Manuscript Guidelines

Abstracts

San Diego, California, USA
April 10-13, 2024

Abstract submission is closed

Abstracts

July 1, 2023 Abstract Submission Open
October 2, 2023 Abstract Submission Closes
Early December 2023 Abstract Acceptance Notifications
January 2024 Acceptance and Registration Deadline

Frequently Asked Questions

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Affiliate Meeting Space

All affiliate function requests need to be submitted online. Visit here for the online Affiliate Space Request Form.

Once approved, SRS will handle all space requests on a first-come, first-served basis. All requests must go through the online approval process before space will be granted.

Please remember the following guidelines when requesting space for an affiliate function:

  • No entertainment functions, meetings, courses or social functions involving surgeon delegates may be scheduled to conflict with SRS meeting program hours, activity hours, exhibit hours or social events. Internal corporate meetings involving supporter or affiliate organization staff only are exempt from this limitation.
  • Entertainment and social functions must be in good taste and conform to the purpose of the meeting, as well as complying with all AdvaMed guidelines governing interaction with physicians.
  • SRS should be notified in writing of any special activities (whether entertainment, education or promotional in nature) planned by an affiliated company for the period during which SRS meeting function occur.
  • Announcements and invitations addressed to members of the medical profession concerning such industry events should clearly indicate the name of the corporate support and must in no manner imply directly or indirectly that the event is part of, or an official activity of, SRS.
  • Attendee lists provided by SRS to Corporate Supporters, either as part of the Benefits of Support outlined in the Corporate Support Program are intended for a one-time, meeting-related use only.  All announcements and invitations addressed to SRS meeting delegates should be pre-approved by SRS.
  • Company is responsible for ordering F&B and/or AV needs for affiliate space. Company is responsible for all expenses and billing will be handled directly between the company and hotel.
General

What is IMAST?

The 31st International Meeting on Advanced Spinal Techniques (IMAST) is an in person meeting experience that provides a scientific forum for leading spine surgeons, innovative researchers, and the most advanced spine technologies from around the world to come together to demonstrate recent advances in spine surgery. For two days, spine surgeons and other allied health professionals from around the world discuss, debate and demonstrate recent advances in spine surgery. Educational content includes didactic presentations, papers on current research, E-Point Presentations, case discussions, debates, instructional course lectures, and video demonstrations all lead by a multidisciplinary and international faculty.

What is appropriate attire for IMAST?

Business casual attire (collared shirts, and jeans or khakis) is appropriate for IMAST sessions.

Who can attend IMAST?

IMAST invites those who include spinal surgery techniques or technology in their profession, including spine surgeons (both orthopedic and neurological surgeons), residents, fellows, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, engineers, and company personnel.

What language is spoken at IMAST?

Presentations and meeting materials will be provided in English.

Where is IMAST 2024?

The 31st IMAST will be held at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, California, United States.

Which Program Should I Submit To?  

IMAST Annual Meeting

(Submission closes February 1, 2024)
  • Approximately 500 attendees
  • 2.5- day meeting
  • Program includes: Instructional Course Lectures, Scientific Program, Expert Roundtable Discussions, Case Based Discussions, Hands-On Workshops, Debates, Industry Workshops, and E-Point presentations.
  • The program is divided between pediatric deformity; adult deformity; degenerative, cervical, tumor, and trauma.
  • Podium presentations are four-minutes in length
  • One-year follow-up on abstract submissions
  • Features topics focused on new, innovative, and advanced techniques
  • Approximately 1,000 attendees
  • 4-day meeting
  • Program includes: Pre-Meeting Course, Scientific Program, Half-Day Courses, Lunchtime Symposia, Case Based Discussions, Industry Workshops, and E-Point presentations.
  • Podium presentations are four-minutes in length
  • Case Discussions are seven-minutes in length
  • Two-year follow-up on abstract submissions
  • Feature latest and greatest scientific research, methods, and techniques in spinal deformity
Registration

How do I register for IMAST?

Registration for the 31st IMAST will open on December 4, 2023. Registering during the Advanced Registration period is encouraged. Please view the Registration Page for registration options and rates.

How long will registration be open?

Early registration will open on December 4, 2023. The early registration rate will be available until March 11, 2024. Online registration will remain open until March 28, 2024 at the late/ On-Site registration rate. On-site registration will be available on April 10, 2024

What is included in my Registration?

Registration

for participation at the meeting in San Diego, California

  • Entrance to all general and concurrent sessions
  • Admission to the industry hands-on workshops
  • Meeting materials
  • Refreshment breaks and lunch
  • Welcome Reception
  • Certificate of attendance and CME credits
  • Meeting app with ARS capabilities for an interactive meeting experience
  • Access to meet face-to-face with exhibitors

How do I receive the reduced resident/fellow/medical student registration rate?

To register as a resident, fellow or medical student you will need to select "Other" when you are asked what is your specialty/practice during the online registration process. Selecting "Other" will allow you to receive the reduced resident/fellow/medical student registration rate.

How do I receive the Reduced Rate Country Registration rate?

View the list of countries that qualify for reduced rate registration.
Individuals residing in the countries listed at the link above qualify for reduced registration rates. When registering online, delegates will automatically be placed in the correct registration class based on the details collected during sign-in process.

Can I pay for my registration by Wire Transfer?

Please contact SRS at meetings@srs.org for more information on payment options.

How do I register multiple people to IMAST?

For information on registering a group of five (5) individuals or more, please email SRS at meetings@srs.org

How do I obtain an invitation letter to attend IMAST in-person?

Only participants registered for the in-person meeting can obtain a personal invitation letter. Individuals that require an invitation letter to obtain a visa in order to attend the meeting must:

  1. Register for the in-person meeting.
  2. Request a Letter of Invitation by emailing the information below to the SRS Meetings Team at meetings@srs.org.
    • Full Name and Designation
    • Company/Institution
    • Address
    • City
    • Country
    • Passport Number (only if required)

SRS cannot assist participants with the visa application process and cannot intervene with embassies or consulates on behalf of participants. The letter of invitation does not financially obligate the Scoliosis Research Society in any way. Please see the Travel page for more information on invitation letters to obtain a visa.

What is the meeting registration cancellation and refund policy?

Full refunds, less a 10% processing fee, will be granted for the cancellation meeting registrations until March 11, 2024. No refunds will be granted after March 11, 2024. Cancellation and refund requests should be sent in writing via email to meetings@srs.org or faxed to 414-276-3349. Delegates will receive a confirmation and refund within 14 days of receipt of their cancellation notice.

How do I get my CME Certificate?

CME can be claimed starting April 10, 2024. To claim CME and download attendance certificates, go to the CME webpage and sign in with your last (family) name and your SRS ID#. You will need to indicate the sessions you attended and then a PDF certificate will be generated for you to download and print. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

More Questions?

Contact:

Scoliosis Research Society
Meetings Department
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: +1-414-289-9107
Fax: +1-414-276-3349
Email: meetings@srs.org

Committee

Education Council

Munish Gupta, Chair

IMAST Committee

Eric Klineberg, Chair
Per Trobisch, Co-Chair (abstract)
Stefan Parent, Past Chair
Haruki Funao
Bangping Qian
Peter Sturm
Baron Zarate
Meric Enercan, Co-Chair Elect
Han Jo Kim
Kristen Jones, Co-Chair Elect
Neel Anand
Teresa Bas
Charles H. Crawford III
Amit Jain, Co-Vice Chair
Caglar Yilgor,  Co-Vice Chair

 

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IMAST Abstract Reviewers

Tenner Guillame
Cheerag Upadhyaya
Chee Kidd Chiu
Fernando Emilio Silva
Nasir Quraishi
Panagiotis Korovessis
Morio Matsumoto
Jung-Hee Lee
Ahmed Shawky Abdelgawaad
Cristina Sacramento-Dominguez
Juan Uribe
Ali Önur
Joseph Baker
Bangping Qian
Takashi Kaito
Bhavuk Garg
Eric Parent
Denis Sakai
Michael J. Faloon
Fernando Techy
Ali A. Baaj
Reuben CC Soh
Weng Hong Chung
YingSong Wang
David B. Bumpass
Takashi Kaito
Ronald A. Lehman Jr
Deniz Konya