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How to write a better abstract

Owen Williamson (Editorial Secretary) shares his thoughts on how to write a better abstract.

If you are thinking of submitting an abstract to the Spine Society (or indeed any other scientific meeting) this may be useful.

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Notice of meeting Asia Pacific SAS

January 16-18, 2008 Seoul, South Korea

Deadline for Abstract Submission: September 30, 2007

 

The Spine Arthroplasty Society welcomes research contributions, surveys and white papers in all areas relating to the advancement of the science and the clinical experience in the treatment of spinal disorders using but not limited to motion preserving technologies. 

 

Asia Pacific SAS website

 

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Robert Fraser awarded AM

 

In the 2007 Queens Birthday honours list, the Spine Society's inaugural President, Professor Robert Fraser was made a <i>Member of the Order of Australia.</i> The citation for the honour reads:

 

'For service to medicine, particularly in the area of spinal surgery as a clinician, to medical education and research, and through contributions to a range of professional organisations.'

 

The Society congratulates Professor Fraser on the award of such a prestigious honour.

 

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Robert Fraser awarded AM - 29 June 2007

In the 2007 Queens Birthday honours list, the Spine Society's inaugural President, Professor Robert Fraser was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

The citation for the honour reads: 

'For service to medicine, particularly in the area of spinal surgery as a clinician, to medical education and research, and through contributions to a range of professional organisations.' 

The Society congratulates Professor Fraser on the award of such a prestigious honour.

Final Scientific Program 2007

 

FINAL PROGRAM SSA 2007 HOBART

 

Session Time Paper Presenter
       
FRI 20 APRIL
       
SS1 1315 Osteogenic properties of bone cells from normal and osteoporotic sheep R Moore
  1330 Transplanted abdominal granulation tissue induced bone formation - an in vivo study in sheep B Goss
  1345 Clinical and radiological outcomes of a stand-alone anterior fusion cage with integrated screw fixation: one year follow-up S Tizzard
  1400 Clinical and radiological outcomes of an anterior lumbar plate for ALIF: pilot study with 2 year follow-up B La Rue
  1415 Posterior lumbar interbody fusion for the treatment of chronic back pain and radiculopathy in the elderly M Scott-Young
nbsp; 1430 Lumbar zygapophyseal joint fusion using a hollow facet fusion implant - a biomechanical study R Labrom
  1445 Clinical results of two-level lumbar arthroplasty versus combined arthroplasty and fusion (hybrid procedure) M Scott-Young
  1500 Non-fusion stabilisation in lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis R Carey
  1515 Surgical Approaches to isthmic spondylolisthesis E Carragee
 
Posters 1600 Disc mechanical response to cyclic loading - poroelastic and viscoelastic contributions J Costi
  1605 A novel nuclear replacement device – a comparative study of kinematic behaviour utilising a kangaroo spine model. T Sabet
  1610 Thoracic kyphosis affects spinal loads and trunk muscle force A Briggs
  1615 A biomechanical analysis of anterior corpectomy reconstruction in a thoraco-lumbar calf spine fracture model: does posterior instrumentation confer additional stability? B Goss
  1620 Anterior stabilisation and fusion of unstable lumbar burst fractures E Wong
  1625 A new technique for surgical treatment of osteoporotic fractures of the spine  R Schoenmayr
  1630 Occipital condyle fractures: incidence and clinical and radiological follow-up at a level 1 trauma centre G Malham
  1635 Os odontoideum; report of 3 cases and literature review T Goldschlager
  1640 Dynamic plates in anterior cervical fusion surgery: clinical outcomes and the effect of bone graft settling on cervical alignment A Ghahreman
  1645 A prospective evaluation of two cervical interbody fusion cages M Hansen
  1650 Lumbar zygapophyseal joint fusion – a less morbid and biomechanically superior surgical technique compared with on-lay inter-transverse process fusion  R Labrom
  1655 One-level lumbar arthroplasty – 137 patients with follow-up from 3 months to 9 years. M Scott-Young
  1700 Clinical outcomes following lumbar total disc replacement -  a minimum follow-up of two years.  T Sabet
  1705 Effectiveness of cemented rescue screws for anterior cervical plate fixation  T Pitzen
  1710 The use of fulcrum bending films in anterior thoracic correction of scoliosis D Hay
  1715 The use of physical biomodeling in complex spine surgery O Von Arx
  1720 How to write a better abstract O Williamson
       
Sat 21 April
 
SS2 830 Differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells into disc-like cells after co-culture with rat disc explants  A Wei
  845 Needle puncture affects intervertebral disc mechanics and biology in an organ culture model J Costi
  900 Effect of ovarectomy and hormone replacement on the kinematics of the intervertebral disc: an ovine model. R Ho
  915 Can the compressive characteristics of a lumbar disc be restored? S Fisher
 
  930 Beetham Lecture J O'Brien
Presidential Session      
1000 Presidential Guest Lecture - Management of chronic non-specific low back pain E Carragee
 
Symposium 1100 Neuropathic Pain M Cousins
  1130 Psychological management of chronic low back pain M Nicholas
  1200 Discussion E Carragee
 
Lunch      
 
SS3 1330 Classification systems for low back pain: a review of the methodology for development and validation J Ford
  1345 Evidence for minimally invasive procedures for low back pain P Verrills
  1400 Evidence-based guidelines improve performance measures in orthopaedic outpatients for low back pain N Bogduk
  1415 The effectiveness of evidence-based guidelines in a workers compensation population N Bogduk
 
Debate 1430 That new technologies produce better outcomes in the treatment of low back pain - affirmative M Scott-Young
  1445 That new technologies produce better outcomes in the treatment of low back pain - negative C Cain
 
SS4 1530 Computer simulation of microdamage and microfracture in vertebral trabecular bone C Adam
  1545 Are coupled rotations in the lumbar spine largely due to the osseoligamentous anatomy? P Little
  1600 In vitro evaluation of bone cells derived from different skeletal sites to promote spinal fusion: a sheep model R Zarrinkalam
  1615 CT based volumetric reconstruction of the pulmonary system in scoliosis C Adam
  1630 Validation of the sheep as a large animal model for the study of vertebral osteoporosis R Moore
  1645 High flexibility and low stiffness of immature spine: an in vitro biomechanical study in sheep E Clarke
  1700 Sildenafil alleviates cardiovascular deterioration after fat embolism B Goss
  1715 The natural history of age-related disc degeneration: the pathology and sequelae of tears R Moore
 
  1730 First Business Meeting (SSA members)  
 
Sun 22 April
  800 Second Business Meeting(SSA members)  
SS5 900 Paediatric cervical trauma – patterns of injury plus efficacy and safety of third generation instrumentation A Kalkarni
  915 Non-operative management of type 2 odontoid fractures in the elderly F Koech
  930 Assessment of the cervical spine clearance process in a major trauma centre H Ackland
  945 The incidence of wound infection after posterior cervical surgery M Barnes
  1000 Spinal Instrumentation in the setting of active spinal osteomyelitis E Carragee
  1015 Lateral bending and flexion motions place disc tissue at greatest risk of injury: direct measurement of disc maximum shear strain in six degrees of freedom J Costi
  1030 An early radiological comparison between structural allograft and an expandable cage in anterior column reconstruction following burst fracture. B Goss
  1045 Improving safety and quality in spine surgery – a new technique for thoracolumbar level localisation using computer assisted image guidance A Nowitzke
 
SS6 1130 The Outcomes of Scoliosis Surgery in Patients With Syringomyelia H Crawford
  1145 The radiological changes and complications during the first three years following endoscopic scoliosis surgery D Hay
  1200 Biomechanical study of top screw pullout in anterior scoliosis instrumentation A Mayo
  1215 Allogeneic red cell transfusion requirements in scoliosis surgery E Wong
 
  1230 Presentation of Awards  
 

 

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Cedars-Sinai spine conference notification

Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders 6th Annual Spine Conference - March 1-3, 2007 - Mandalay Bay Hotel & Resort Convent ion Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Spine Society of Australia 2007 abstract submission

Spine Society of Australia 2007 abstract submission

The abstract submission centre for SSA 2007 is now open.

The closing date for abstract submission is 1700 hrs EST 8th Jan 2007.

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Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire

Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire

 

The Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire is one of the most widely used health status measures for back pain in the world. It is easy to use, and suitable both for research and clinical practice. There is an extensive literature on its validity and reliability. 

 

It has finally become available on the web, with more than 30 language versions that can be downloaded at 

www.rmdq.org

 

Professor Martin Roland is the author of this instrument has kindly made this available.

 

The instrument is in the public domain.

 

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Neuroendoscopy meeting Paris 2007

Neuroendoscopy meeting Paris 2007

The Congress of NEUROENDOSCOPY 2007, will be held in Paris, from the 9th to the 12th of May, 2007

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Ron Beetham Memorial Lecture

Ron Beetham Memorial Lecture

The Society announces the establishment of the Ron Beetham Memorial Lecture.

The lecture will, from time to time be delivered by an invited guest, who will speak on a topic of historical interest as it relates to spine surgey.

Ron Beetham was a founding member of the Spine Society of Australia.

The Inaugural lecture will be deliverd by Mr Henry Crock at the Society's meeting in Sydeny in April.

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Meeting 2006 draft program released

Meeting 2006 draft program released

The draft program for the Sydney 2006 meeting is now available.

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