The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery

A Message from James Yue, MD and Carlos Villanova, MD, PhD

ISASS12 Overall Program Chairs discuss C.U.R.E., Instructional Course Symposia and the scientific quality of the Barcelona meeting.

Dear Colleagues,

From March 20-23, 2012, ISASS will be celebrating the 12th Anniversary of our Annual Scientific Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. This cosmopolitan city is the 12th most-visited city in the world.

It is an exciting time in the treatment of spinal disorders and this year's meeting is certain to be a reflection of this excitement. The core principals of ISASS - C.U.R.E.: Care, Utilization, Research, and Education - will be emphasized during all planned sessions. This year we will introduce Instructional Course Symposia in which both presenters and participants will educate one another in a truly interactive learning environment. We will also have World Café sessions in which participants from around the globe will be able to sit and discuss treatment options and formulate their own consensus as to optimal treatment modalities.

The Barcelona meeting will be the most ambitious meeting yet in terms of faculty, topics, and, more importantly, in scientific quality. The program includes stimulating debates on the evidence for and against the use of biologics, fusion versus non fusion, the aging spine, and many others. Basic science, evidence based medicine, and medical economic topics will be highlighted daily. The second annual Hands-on Cadaveric Bioskills lab will also be held during the meeting emphasizing the surgical educational objectives of our society.

We have paid particular attention to make this meeting interesting and relevant, and we hope you can join us in beautiful Barcelona!

ISASS12 Overall Program Chairs
James Yue, MD and Carlos Villanueva, MD, PhD


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