Welcome at the IRSSD Meeting 2018 in Utrecht
it is my distinct pleasure to invite you to the next meeting of the International Research Society on Spinal Deformities (IRSSD), to be held in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from June 14-16, 2018.
The IRSSD was established in 1994 with the objective to provide a forum for the presentation and encouragement of research relating to spinal deformity and to disseminate the results of such research into the broader community. There are more societies in the field with similar objectives, but the IRSSD is unique in the fact that it hosts clinicians as well as researchers from a great variety of backgrounds. The roots of the Society date to the early 1980’s and to the interest in non-ionizing imaging techniques such as Moire Topography to assess the trunk distortions associated with scoliosis. It grew to include the study of the three dimensional nature of the scoliotic spine and now encompasses all aspects of scoliosis from etiology to outcomes of surgical and conservative treatment. The Society meets every 2 years, generally alternating between European and non-European venues.
We are very pleased that this meeting’s Key Note Lecture will be provided by dr Jean Dubousset, who beyond any doubt is one of the most qualified persons in the world to provide an overview of the field of spinal deformity, both from an etiological as well as a practical, treatment oriented (both conservative and surgical) perspective. Guest lectures will be given by Prof. Marinus de Kleuver from The Netherlands and Dr. Kariman Abelin Genevois from France.
We invite everyone that has an interest in spinal deformities to attend this important meeting and especially wish to welcome young researchers and PhD students in this field, for whom we have tried to make registering as attractive as possible. Utrecht is a beautiful, historic University city (the University was founded in 1636) with many attractions such as the historic city centre, the canals, its night life, and many cultural things to do and see inside the city and in its close proximity (the centre of Amsterdam is only about 30 minutes by train).
The meeting will be held in the historic Academy Building, in the same hall where in 1579 the Union of Utrecht was signed, which is considered as the beginning of the Netherlands as a state.
On behalf of the organizing committee I wish you a warm welcome to Utrecht in the summer of 2018.
With kind regards,
René M Castelein
Organizing Committee Chair
This meeting is supported by