North American Spine Society Meeting in Toronto

August 04, 2008
Burr Ridge Illinois, August 4, 2008 - The North American Spine Society's 23rd Annual Meeting is being held October 14-18, 2008, in Toronto, Canada, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.  This year's meeing will have more presentations than ever before: 105 podium presentations, 92 SIPPs (Special Interest Paper Presentations) and 189 E-Posters.  

The Best Paper presentations address the latest scientific findings. Some of the top abstracts topics include:

·     Clinical Instinct vs. Standardized Questionnaire: The Spine Specialists Ability to Detect Psychological Distress

·     Predominant Leg Pain is Associated with Better Surgical Outcomes in Degenerative Spondylolisthesis and Spinal Stenosis

·     Radiographic Predictors of Clinical Outcomes Following Operative or Non-Operative Treatment of Degenerative Spondylolisthesis

·     Outcome of Lumbar Fusion in Patients Over 65 Years Old

·     Lumbar Fusion Outcomes Stratified by Specific Diagnostic Indication

·     Outcomes Based on a Low Back Pain Classification System

More hot topics in spine care will be presented during symposia, which are always a favorite offering at the NASS Annual Meeting. The symposia topics will cover a variety of subjects to reflect NASS’ multidisciplinary membership: The Socioeconomic Sport of Spine Care, Lessons Learned from Disc Arthroplasty, Applying Evidence-based Medicine Into Your Practice and Perioperative Management of Spine Surgery. To see the latest products in spine care first-hand, visit the Exhibit Hall, which will have more than 220 exhibiting companies.

Tim Saunders, author of the New York Times bestseller The Likeability Factor: How to Boost Your L-Factor and Achieve the Life of Your Dreams, will give the Keynote Address. Mr. Saunders advocates for an honest, ethical analysis of business realities with a straightforward program for improvement.

The Presidential Speaker will be Lou Holtz, one of the most successful college football coaches of all time; most notably at Notre Dame. Holtz has written three New York Times best selling motivational books and he is currently a college football studio analyst on ESPN.

The specialty educational tracks and premeeting educational course sections are back by popular demand. The specialty educational tracks will be offered for physician assistants/nurse practitioners, rehabilitation specialists and nurses. These tracks will consist of special symposia and SIGs (Special Interest Group discussions). The sections on Spine Biologics and Research and Motion Technologyinformation on developments in spine care were highly-rated and had standing room only in 2007. Drs. Jeffrey Wang and Michael Zindrick, the course chairs, intend to provide more cutting-edge information pn developments in spine care.

At the NASS 23rd Annual Meeting there will be multiple opportunities to attend several networking sessions, symposia, premeeting educational courses, best paper presentations, guest speaker presentations and more!

To learn more about the North American Spine Society’s 23rd Annual Meeting and for instructions on how to register, please visit



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