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Gothenburg AIC 2010

Plenary Speakers 

Mohit Bhandari

"Evidence-based orthopaedics: how far have we come?"

Date Tuesday, 31 August
Time 13:00-13:30  
Venue Congress Hall, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 

A University of Toronto graduate in Medicine, Dr Mohit Bhandari completed both his orthopaedic and Master’s of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics training at McMaster University. To broaden his clinical trauma exposure, he trained with world experts in Los Angeles, California, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr Bhandari’s clinical interests include the management of patients with complex lower extremity fractures and fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum.

He has received international recognition for his research efforts including a nationally recognised Canada Research Chair in Musculoskeletal Trauma – the only chair of its kind in Canada. Dr Bhandari has also received the Edouard J. Samson Award for a Canadian orthopaedic surgeon with the greatest impact on research in the last 5 years, the Founder’s Medal for Research, and Randomized trial Mentoring Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Over the past 5 years, Dr Bhandari has published hundreds of peer-reviewed papers across top medical and orthopaedic journals including JAMA, BMJ, CMAJ, and the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-American. He currently holds funding from the National Institutes of Health and Canadian Institutes of Health for large multicentre trials of tibial fracture management. To this end, he has received over 10 million dollars in research funding in the past 5 years.

Most regard Dr Bhandari as the foremost authority in the translation of orthopaedic research to clinical practice (evidence-based orthopaedics). He currently holds the position of Section Editor for Evidence-Based Orthopaedic Surgery in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

He attributes his success to the continued mentorship and collaboration of Professor Gordon Guyatt, members of the CLARITY research group at McMaster University and orthopaedic surgeons across North America.

Steven Garfin

"Spinal motion sparing: is it here to stay?"

Date Thursday, 2 September
Time 10:15-10:45
Venue Congress Hall, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 

Steven R. Garfin, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of California. Additionally, Dr Garfin holds hospital positions at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, and the La Jolla Veterans Administration Hospital.

At the University of Minnesota, Dr Garfin earned a Medical Degree and was honoured with the Alpha Omega Alpha Society award. Dr Garfin's internship in surgery was at the University of California, San Diego as was his orthopaedic surgery residency. As an orthopaedic resident, he received the Zimmer-McCoy Residency Award and the Alfred V. Bateman Resident Anatomy Award. Dr Garfin's fellowship in disorders of the spine was at Pennsylvania Hospital under Drs R.H. Rothman and F.A. Simeone.

Since his Fellowship, Dr Garfin has been recognised for numerous awards including: Volvo Award for Research from ISSLS (x2), AcroMed Research Award of the North American Spine Society (x2), the Cervical Spine Research Society Research Award (x2), and the Orthopaedic Research Society New Investigator Recognition Award. More recently, the North American Spine Society awarded Dr Garfin the Wiltse Award for Leadership in the Field of Spine, and the Selby Award for contributions to NASS. Also, Dr Garfin's research interests have earned many grants by leading medical research institutes, societies, and companies.

Dr Garfin is a member of the following professional societies: the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, North American Spine Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Spinal Arthroplasty Society. For several of these societies Dr Garfin has played active roles as society President, Board Member, and Program Chairman.

Dr Garfin's impressive published research and writing include: author of nine books, 123 book chapters, 255 peer-reviewed journal articles, and 132 abstracts. Additionally, Dr Garfin has written five reviews, one magazine article, and was editor of eight focus journals. Currently, Dr Garfin is Deputy Editor of Spine and is a Reviewer for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Journal of American Medical Association, Spine, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. This very active and prolific doctor is also committed to education; he has presented over 450 lectures and over 80 exhibits at professional medical meetings.

Tommy Hansson

"Ways to improve outcome in orthopaedic surgery"

Date Friday, 3 September
Time 10:15-10:45
Venue Congress Hall, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 

Tommy H. Hansson, M.D., PhD. is professor in Work Orthopaedics at the Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

He defended his PhD thesis, The bone mineral content and biomechanical properties of lumbar vertebrae, in 1977. From 1982 to 1983 he spent a year as a research fellow at the Department of Orthopaedics, University of Washington, United States. He became head of the unified departments of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Hand Surgery in 1989. In 1990 he was appointed full professor and the first holder of a chair in Work Orthopaedics in 1992. 2004 he was elected Vice Dean of the Medical Faculty, Gothenburg University. His research has been mostly focused on spinal disorders ranging from experimental biomechanical studies of bony tissue, ligaments and the disc, to experimental animal model studies on the physiology of the loaded intervertebral disc, muscular response to load and reflex activation of muscles, to invasive studies in humans of spinal kinematics during loading, vibration and repetitive loading to cohort and RCT studies of the cause and treatment of back problems, spinal compression fractures, central spinal stenosis, work inability, and cost effectiveness of back treatments.

Since 2004 he has been a member of the Scientific Board of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation. He has published almost 200 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters and been a frequent invited lecturer around the world. He has received the Volvo Award and the ISSLS Prize on low back pain research at three occasions. In 1991 he received the Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Shinichi Kikuchi

"International collaboration beyond the culture gap"

Date Wednesday, 1 September
Time 10:15-10:45
Venue Congress Hall, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 

Dr Shinichi Kikuchi graduated from Fukushima Medical University in 1971. He studied as a clinical research fellow of Dr Ian Macnab, Professor of the University of Toronto, Canada (1977-1978). He was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Fukushima Medical University (1990-2008) and he is now the President of the University.

His main field is spine surgery. He has presented many papers at the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) meetings and published in the Journal of Spine. He has more than 100 published articles and is now the Deputy Editor of Spine. He received the Volvo Award in 2000 and the ISSLS Prize in 2003 for low back pain at the ISSLS meeting. He was the President of ISSLS in 2005-2006.

He is one of the leaders in the field of Japanese spine surgery. Currently he is the President of the Japanese Spine Surgery and Related Research Society. He has contributed to the clarification of pathomechanism of low back pain with the technique of nerve root block, which includes basic and clinical research.

He has promoted international collaboration and performed collaboration research with Gothenburg University, Sweden, and University of California San Diego, United States, for a long time. This collaboration has brought many excellent papers, especially on chemical factors for lumbar disk herniation and pathomechanism of radicular pain.

Ian Learmonth

"What will shape improvement in THA in the future – Technology, Technique or Training?"

Date Thursday, 2 September
Time 15:30-16:00
Venue Congress Hall, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre 

Prof Learmonth qualified MBCHD at Stellenbosch in 1970, obtained the FRCS and FRCS (Ed) in 1976, and the FCS (SA) (Orth) in 1980. He was an ABC travelling fellow to North America 1982. Initially he practiced as a “rheuma-surgeon”, while for the past two decades he has confined his practice to reconstructive and replacement surgery of the major joints of the lower limbs. He was appointed Pieter Moll and Nuffield professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Cape Town in 1990. In 1994 he moved to the UK as Professor and Head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Bristol.

He established and became Director of the Bristol Implant Research Centre (BIRC), which focused on investigation of the bio-mechanical and biological issues relevant to total joint replacement. Numerous key publications have flowed from the BIRC laboratories. He has been involved in the design and development of several innovative hip prostheses in association with major orthopaedic companies.

Prof Learmonth has authored three books and published extensively in peer review journals. He has presented numerous papers at scientific meetings around the world and has given many presidential and eponymous lectures. He is now an Emeritas Professor at the University of Bristol and is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath and in the Orthopaedic Department at the University of Aristotle, Greece.

He has served in various capacities on a number of research and educational committees. He has greatly enjoyed the opportunity of interfacing with so many of his colleagues in the global fraternity of orthopaedic surgeons. Above all, however, he is keenly aware of the great privilege and professional fulfilment provided by being able to alleviate the chronic pain and suffering of patients suffering from arthritis.

He is married to Genevieve and has two children, Suzie and Sean. He enjoys sport, travel, outdoor activities, hiking and wildlife.