April 19, 2013

State of the International Journal of Spine Surgery 2013

After much thought, the ISASS Board of Directors and the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Spine Surgery have elected to self-publish the Journal beginning January 1. This will cut costs and increase our flexibility enough to allow the Journal to do some very special things. Here’s what to expect from the Journal’s relaunch: No more paywalls. Everyone who wants to read an article from the Journal can. No subscriptions, no barriers. A few clicks and the paper is yours, no matter who you are, no matter where you are. Free to publish. Some journals drop paywalls for readers but start charging authors. We won’t and never will. The Journal will be free to read, free to write. A broader reach. For authors, removing paywalls […]
April 10, 2013

ISASS Names Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as New President and Announces Best Papers from ISASS13

Contact: Patti Minglin                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Telephone: 630-209-2524 Email: patti@gogirlcommunications.com Aurora IL USA/Apr 10 2013– ISASS-International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery has named Luiz Pimenta, MD, PhD as its new president. Dr. Pimenta has a degree from the Medical School of the University of São Paulo and completed his neurosurgery residency at Paulista Medical School.  He holds a fellowship in spinal endoscopic surgery and is currently the clinical director of the minimally invasive spine surgery department at the Instituto de Patologia de Coluna in Brazil and an associate professor at the University of California San Diego.  Dr. Pimenta has been developing new techniques and technologies to improve the surgical treatment in different spinal pathologies. He is now focused in minimal invasive spine surgery […]
March 18, 2013

ISASS Policy Statement – Vertebral Augmentation

ISASS Policy Statement – Vertebral Augmentation It is estimated that over 1.4 million people will develop vertebral compression fractures every year (Johnell & Kanis 2006).  Many will be clinically insignificant or heal with non-operative treatment.  A large group will have persistent pain, kypholic deformity, weight loss, depression and a reduced quality of life.  (Old & Calvert 2004; Borgstrom et al. 2006; Suzuki et al. 2008). Open surgical intervention is used when there is severe deformity, instability, or neurologic compromise. Vertebral augmentation such as Vertebroplasty (VP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP) are minimally invasive techniques used to treat painful vertebral compression fractures.  There is good evidence that these techniques can provide immediate and lasting pain relief (Berlemann et al. 2004; Grafe et […]
March 11, 2013

ISASS13 Shows Growth in New Exhibitors and First-Time Attendees

Contact: Patti Minglin                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Telephone: 630-209-2524 Email: patti@gogirlcommunications.com Aurora IL USA/Mar 11 2013—ISASS13, a multi-professional spine industry event hosted by ISASS – International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) is showing signs of growth in both new exhibitors and new attendees.  “We have 17 new exhibitors this year and are seeing an increase in the number of first-time attendees throughout all of our categories,” says Kristy Radcliffe, Executive Director of ISASS.  “ISASS continues to grow in size and reputation as we focus on representing ALLspine surgeons throughout our advocacy and educational efforts and increase the number of opportunities we give our members to learn from one another.” ISASS13 will be held April 3-5 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and has become […]