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The International Research Society of Spinal Deformities (IRSSD) and its contribution to science

Keith M Bagnall1*, Theodoros B Grivas2, Nathalie Alos3, Marc Asher4, Carl-Eric Aubin567, Geoffrey R Burwell8, Peter H Dangerfield9, Thomas Edouard10, Doug Hill11, Edmond Lou12, Alain Moreau101314, Joe O'Brien15, Ian Stokes16, Hans-Rudolf Weiss17 and Jim Raso18

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Anatomy, United Arab Emirates University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Box 17666, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2 Trauma and Orthopaedic Department, "Tzanio" General Hospital of Piraeus, Greece

3 Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, Montréal, QC, Canada

4 Kansas University Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd: MS 3017, Kansas City, KS 66160 USA

5 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Station “Centre-Ville”, P.O. Box 6079, Montreal, QC, H3C 3A7, Canada

6 'CAD Innovation in Orthopedic Engineering", NSERC-Medtronic Industrial, Spine Biomechanics, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Station “Centre-Ville”, P.O. Box 6079, Montreal, QC, H3C 3A7, Canada

7 Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, P.O. Box 6079, Downtown Station, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3A7 Canada

8 Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Queen's Medical Centre Campus, Nottingham, UK

9 School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK

10 Viscogliosi Laboratory in Molecular Genetics of Musculoskeletal Diseases, Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center, Montréal, Qc, Canada

11 Rehabilitation Technology, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

12 Rehabilitation Technology, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

13 Department of Stomatology, Faculty of Dentistry, Université de Montréal, Canada

14 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Canada

15 National Scoliosis Foundation, 5 Cabot Place, Stoughton, MA 02072, USA

16 University of Vermont,, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabiliation, Burlington, VT 05405-0084, USA

17 Orthopädie, Physikalische und Rehabilitative Medizin, Chirotherapie, Physikalische Therapie Alzeyer Str. 23, D-55457 Gensingen, Germany

18 Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230 111 Ave NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Scoliosis 2009, 4:28  doi:10.1186/1748-7161-4-28

Published: 22 December 2009

Abstract

From the time of its initial, informal meetings starting in 1980 to its formal creation in 1990, the IRSSD has met on a bi-annual basis to discuss all aspects of the spine and associated deformities. It has encouraged open discussion on all topics and, in particular, has tried to be the seed-bed for new ideas. The members are spread around the world and include people from all areas of academia as well as the most important people, the patients themselves. Most notably, application of the ideas and results of the research has always been at the forefront of the discussions. This paper was conceived with the idea of evaluating the impact made by the IRSSD over the last 30 years in the various areas and is intended to create discussion for the upcoming meeting in Montreal regarding future focus: "We are lost over the Atlantic Ocean but we are making good time."