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 SOSORT - 12 th Conference


May 3-6, 2017     Lyon - France



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committe, It is a great pleasure and an honor to welcome you to the 12th SOSORT International Conference on Scoliosis, which will take place in Lyon from May, 4th to 6th in 2017, following the previous editions: Banff (2016), Katowice (2015), Wiesbaden (2014), Chicago (2013), Milan (2012), Barcelona (2011), Montreal (2010), Lyon (2009), Athens (2008), Boston (2007) and Poznan (2006).

The Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) was founded in 2006, and brings together scientists and clinicians focused on the conservative treatment of spinal deformities. SOSORT also led to the creation of the official journal of the society, the open BMC Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders Journal. SOSORT has also produced Consensus statements during many of the subsequent meetings on key topics including: bracing, exercises and reasons for justifying treatment.

In 2017, SOSORT will continue the tradition as we offer May, 3rd the pre-conference educational session providing background knowledge on the sagittal plane, as well as emergent and modern applications such as high rigidity and adult bracing, regional moulding. Many internationally recognised lecturers contribute to the course. The course is meant for Physicians, Physical Therapists, Orthotists, Surgeons and clinical researchers on conservative care of spinal deformity. The conference will cover a wide range of topics including all vertebral deviations as Kyphosis and Spondylolisthesis from infancy to adult life. Finally, to continue developing our clinical research capacity on conservative treatment.

A fourth SOSORT Research half-day course will be offered Saturday afternoon, May 6th 2017.

Lyon is a historic city designated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Enjoy the rich history of the town including the tradition of silk-weaving. Among numerous examples, Lyon is the place where Auguste and Louis Lumière invented the "Cinématographe" in 1895. Of course you will enjoy the «French cuisine» and wine in this gastronomic city. It will be an unforgettable experience with the Bocuse’s gala dinner.

The conference will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Lyon, a superb facilities, located between the Rhône River and the beautiful Parc de la Tête d’Or for your morning jog.

The city of Lyon is easy to reach from anywhere in the world and offers a very attractive environment for this meeting. A large variety of accommodation is possible near the Palais des Congrès.

The SOSORT 2017 Conference will provide a wonderful forum for you to refresh your knowledge base and explore the innovations in conservative treatment of vertebral deviations. The Conference will strive to offer plenty of networking opportunities, providing you with the opportunity to meet and interact with the leading scientists and researchers, friends and colleagues as well as sponsors and exhibitors.

We are pleased that you have been able to join us for a symphony of outstanding science, and take a little extra time to enjoy the spectacular and unique beauty of this region.

With best wishes,

·Jean Claude de Mauroy

 SOSORT 2017 Conference Chair 


President’s message and plan for the year: 


What I am going to do is the dissemination of educational materials to the SOSORT members, as well as to anyone interested in conservative treatment of scoliosis.
I am also planning to develop e-learning on theory, both for professionals and for patients or their minders.
My main goal is the preparation of the manuscript that would sum up various methods of functional assessment of people suffering from scoliosis, so that all those who deal with scoliosis could follow the same standardized procedures.
Another goal is to deepen cooperation with the local societies, which are engaged in scientific approach to rehabilitation and physiotherapy in order to popularize good standards of treatment.
And the last but not least is to establish a formalized collaboration with the universities, which can collaborate in scientific research.
I hope to fulfill these tasks by the time of our next meeting in Lyon.

Jacek Durmala 


Executive Board 2017

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Jacek Durmala

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Fabio Zaina

Past President
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Michele Romano

President Elect
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Eric Parent

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Helmut Diers

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Angelo Aulisa

Member at large
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Andrea Lebel

Member at Large
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Lori Dolan

Member at large
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James H Wynne

Member at Large

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Scoliosis Journal

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Scoliosis Journal and Spinal Disorders
The official journal of our society is now indexed in Pub Med. Therefore I would like to invite you to submit your next paper to our new journal in order to support our work. Well-documented studies on conservative and surgical management of scoliosis are still needed in order to balance the therapeutic approach to this disease. As an example, among 2000 articles published on 'scoliosis' in the last 10 years (Medline, 1996-2005), more than 800 (40%) have focused on 'surgery' but only 20 (1%) on 'prevention and control.' Scoliosis will provide a forum to fill this gap, to facilitate international communication of professionals and, finally, to improve the care of patients living with scoliosis.


Scientific Events

May 18, 2017! The 4th Annual Non Operative Treatment of Childhood Scoliosis CME is an opportunity to learn about state of the art, non-operative treatment of scoliosis across the ages. In recent years we have gained a new appreciation for, and experience with Mehta casting in children with infantile and juvenile scoliosis. Experts in the field will share theory and hands on practical tips in Mehta or EF casting. Patients with juvenile and adolescent scoliosis also have vastly expanded palette of treatment options including Schroth physical therapy and Rigo Cheneau bracing. Experts from Columbia’s Center for the Conservative Treatment of Scoliosis and visiting lecturers will share their experience in presentations and will demonstrate best practices in workshop settings.
The course will review the current state of knowledge about bracing, updated recently by the pivotal BRAIST trial. We are excited to have one of the authors of this trial, Dr. Stuart Weinstein here to speak on scoliosis and bracing. Participants will emerge with a renewed appreciation of the three dimensional aspects of scoliosis and the full gamut of modern treatment options. Highlights will include presentations by patients and families of patients who have successfully been treated with casting, Schroth therapy and Rigo- Cheneau bracing. The faculty and speakers are the most experienced in the field, bringing expertise in bracing, casting, and therapy for childhood scoliosis.
5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ - maximum
Venue: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center 


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Chair: Andrea Lebel


Newsletter: Mariette Kosse

Facebook: Andrea Lebel, Chris Diers

Twitter: Andrea Lebel, Jason Black,

International Relations: Pamela Espinoza

Linkedin: Larry Cohen

Research Gate: Patrick Knott


Nikos Karavidas (Greek), Pamela Espinoza (Spanish), Patricia Mentges (Portuguese), Pavel Cerny (Czech), Jean Claude de Mauroy (French), Michele Romano (Italian), Wojciech Glinkowski (Polish)


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