Scoliosis Research Society
SRS: Scoliosis Research Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Dedicated to the optimal care of patients with spinal deformity

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The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has had a busy summer!!  Two major meetings were held in mid-July and early September.  The 24th Annual International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) was held on July 12th-15th in Cape Town, South Africa.  The 52nd Annual Meeting & Course was held on September 6th-9th in Philadelphia.  These are the 2 largest meetings held each year by the SRS.  These meetings are attended by spine surgeons, non-operative spine specialists, fellows and residents in training, nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician’s Assistants, therapists and members of industry, among others. The industry representatives are from the various companies that produce the instruments used to perform surgery and the instrumentation that is placed in the patient’s spine during surgery.  These companies are big supporters of the SRS and partner with surgeons in developing new products.

Some of the greatest minds in spine surgery come together at these meetings to present their findings on various research topics, share new ideas for treating spine problems, reunite with colleagues and friends, and most importantly provide a great learning atmosphere for each other and for the next generation of spine surgeons.  These 2 annual meetings are a forum for the realization of the Society’s mission and goals, the improvement of patient care for those with spinal deformities and other spine diagnoses.  Objectives include giving those that treat spine patients the tools to:

  • look at their own practices and make modifications to improve patient outcomes and reduce complications
  • apply useful strategies to self-evaluate and strengthen their practices
  • compare risks and benefits of new techniques to optimize treatment success for patients
  • maximize patient understanding through the informed consent process, of the risks, benefits, and treatment options available for their spine problem

In other words, they are always thinking of and working on ways to make things better for YOU, their patients!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more specifics on topics covered that we think will be of interest to you as spine patients and family members!