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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 24 - September 2010

  • SICOT Events
    - SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress - Prague, Czech Republic
    - Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference - Gothenburg, Sweden
  • SICOT News
    - SICOT Travelling Fellowships 2011
    - New SICOT Membership Application Form Online!

    - Online Payment of Membership Dues
  • Worldwide News 
    - Report of the 17th LOA Annual Meeting
    - Hiranandani Orthopaedic Medical Education (HOME) Fellowships
    - W
    orld Orthopaedic Concern Newsletters
    - Orthopaedic surgeon needed in Haiti
    - Volunteers needed in Bhutan

Pakistan needs your help

Pakistan is suffering one of the worst natural disasters in the form of rain water floods. Heavy rainfall that started on 22 July and subsequent rains and flooding in various regions of Pakistan have affected approximately 20 million people and resulted in nearly 2,000 deaths nationwide. More than 3.5 million children are at risk of communicable diseases. As the water is moving towards the sea, it is causing serious effects on people, animals, plants and agriculture, infrastructure and soil, and public services. Please help the Pakistani people by making a donation to the Foundation for Health Care Improvement (FHCI), a charity organisation in Pakistan founded by Prof Syed Awais, SICOT National Delegate of Pakistan:

Account title:
Bank account number:
Bank name:
Branch address:
Swift code:
Branch code:
Account type:
Foundation for Health Care Improvement (FHCI)
National Bank of Pakistan
Anarkali Branch, Dhani Ram Road, Lahore, Pakistan
PLS Saving Account

Thank you.

In Memoriam

  • Dietrich Tönnis

Prof Dr Dietrich Tönnis, the Doyen of the German Paediatric Orthopaedics, has passed away at the age of 83 in Dortmund, Germany, on Saturday, 21 August 2010.

Prof Dr Dietrich Tönnis received worldwide recognition for his advancement in the treatment of dysplasia of the hip. He was honorary member of the German Society for Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Surgery (DGOOC - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Orthopädie und Orthopädische Chirurgie) and many other national orthopaedic societies. He was also co-founder of the German Association for Paediatric Orthopaedics (VKO - Vereinigung für Kinderorthopädie) and the European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society (EPOS). Read more...

Editorial by Jochen Eulert - SICOT Secretary General

  • Gothenburg AIC 2010

From 31 August to 3 September 2010, the Swedish Orthopaedic Association (SOF) hosted this year’s Annual International Conference of SICOT at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg and they did a wonderful job. The total number of participants was 2,467. Overall, 1,565 doctors attended the meeting, 478 from Sweden, 134 from the Friendship Nation, Japan, and another 953 from the rest of the world. Read more...

SICOT Events

SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress
6-9 September 2011 - Prague, Czech Republic

Please check the SICOT website regularly for updated information about Prague TWC 2011.

  • Call for abstracts

    Online abstract submission will be open from 4 October 2010 to 15 January 2011.

    Main topics

    Other topics  

    Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
    Foot & Ankle
    Knee Ligament & Cartilage Repair
    Minimally Invasive Spinal Techniques
    Natural Disasters

    Prosthesis & Orthotics
    Regenerative Orthopaedics
    Road Trauma Safety

  • Registration

    Conference registration will open at the beginning of October 2010.

  • Exhibition & Sponsorship

    Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to promote your products and services to leading international orthopaedic surgeons, traumatologists and specialists in related fields.

Exhibition & Sponsorship Prospectus (pdf) - at 8 April 2010

If you are interested in sponsoring, exhibiting, or advertising at the Congress, please contact Lina Salvati:

Lina Salvati
Linsa Inc. (Canada)
Tel.: +1 514 924 3476
Skype: ripley9423

Seventh SICOT/SIROT Annual International Conference
combined meeting with the Swedish Orthopaedic Association (SOF)
31 August-3 September 2010 - Gothenburg, Sweden

Photos of Gothenburg AIC 2010 will soon be available on the SICOT website.


  • SICOT Travelling Fellowships 2011

Every year, SICOT offers three young surgeons three-month fellowships to visit an international medical centre. The aim is to attend and learn at a renowned education centre to improve knowledge and surgical skills. The value of each fellowship is EUR 4,000, which includes travel and accommodation. Read more...

  • New SICOT Membership Application Form Online!

Joining SICOT has never been so simple! Apply for membership now by simply filling in the new and more user-friendly online SICOT Membership Application Form and pressing the "Validate" button.

If you have any questions regarding membership, please contact the SICOT Head Office at

  • Online Payment of Membership Dues - REMINDER

SICOT members are invited to pay their 2010 membership dues online. We remind members that according to the SICOT Bylaws, "Payment shall be made normally by March 31st of any given year".

Payment can be made via the Members' Area of the SICOT website, which can be accessed by entering your username (member ID number or e-mail address) and password in the top left-hand corner of the website and pressing the "Login" button. Then click on "Pay your dues online" in the Members' Area.
If you do not have your password, please click on the "Forgot your password?" link above the menu on the left-hand side of the website. You will be redirected to another page, where you will need to fill in your e-mail address. A message containing a link will then be sent to the e-mail address you entered. Clicking on this link will open a new window, where you will be able to choose a new password.
If you have any questions or any problems accessing the Members' Area, please contact the SICOT Head Office at

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month

Less invasive and less technically demanding decompressive procedure for lumbar spinal stenosis - appropriate for general orthopaedic surgeons?
Masashi Takaso, Toshiyuki Nakazawa, Takayuki Imura, Kensuke Fukushima, Masaki Ueno, Wataru Saito, Ryousuke Shintani, Hiroyuki Sakagami, Kazuhisa Takahashi, Masashi Yamazaki, Seiji Ohtori & Toshiaki Kotani

This article presents the clinical and radiological results of a modified spinous process osteotomy decompressive procedure (MSPO), which affords excellent visualisation and provides wide room for Kerrison rongeur use and angulation while minimising destruction of tissues not directly involved in the pathological process. Read more...

  • Cases of the Month 

The SICOT Editorial Department invites the SICOT members to participate in its call for cases by submitting their cases to The cases will be reviewed and possibly adapted to fit the "Case of the Month" layout. The reviewers reserve the right to refuse any case. To see the content and layout of previous cases, please log in to the SICOT website and go to the "Cases of the Month" page which can be found in the SIGNEL sub-menu. Guidelines for Authors

  • Femoral Neck Fractures Training

A SICOT online course on Femoral Neck Fractures is available at for SICOT members.

If you are a SICOT member, please log in to the SICOT website with your username (member ID number/e-mail address) and password. Information about password renewal is available on the SICOT website.

Once you have logged in, you can register for the course here.

Worldwide News

  • Report of the 17th LOA Annual Meeting

The Libyan Orthopaedic Association (LOA) held its 17th annual meeting on 2-3 June 2010 in Tripoli, Libya, with the attendance of more than 300 participants from Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal, Chad, Niger, Benin and Mali. The First Vice President of SICOT, Dr Thami Benzakour, and distinguished lecturers from Germany, Italy, Poland, Austria, and Jordan were guests at the meeting, which saw the birth of the Federation of Orthopaedic Societies of the Sahel-Saharan Community (CEN-SAD) as a regional society. The Bylaws were ratified by the society representatives who attended the meeting. Read more...

  • Hiranandani Orthopaedic Medical Education (HOME) Fellowships

Hiranandani Orthopaedic Medical Education (HOME) is a department that is dedicated to the field of clinical research in Orthopaedics. HOME is working on a number of projects related to clinical research in adult hip and knee surgery. HOME conducted its first workshop on scientific publication (WOSP) in December 2009, in collaboration with the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British Volume). A number of scientific meetings have also been planned for the future.

Research Fellowships, in adult hip and knee surgery, are offered by HOME. The tenure is for six months initially and extendable for a year. The Research Fellow will be a full-time research assistant with dedicated sessions for literature search, data entry, and management of a newly developed software called SwingSmart™. Bachelor accommodation and stipend are offered to the Fellow. Read more...

  • World Orthopaedic Concern Newsletters

The World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC) is dedicated to improving the standard of orthopaedic and reconstructive surgery in all developing countries - in the tropics, subtropics, and anywhere where there is a need. WOC regularly circulates an interesting and informative Newsletter worldwide, providing news of orthopaedic activity mainly in the developing areas of the world. It is hoped that the Newsletters will also be distributed to those who have little or no access to the internet. The most recent issues can be downloaded via the SICOT website and the WOC websites: / /

  • Orthopaedic surgeon needed in Haiti

MSF-Belgium is looking for an orthopaedic surgeon to work in Haiti for a minimum period of one month. A full job description can be found here. If interested, please send CV and dates of availability to Lynette Dominguez:

  • Volunteers needed in Bhutan

Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) is currently advertising volunteer opportunities in Bhutan. The site in Thimphu needs volunteers for monthly assignments for the following months in 2011: January, June, July and December. The site in Mongar needs volunteers for assignments of 6-8 weeks for the following months in 2011: June, July, August, and September. For more information contact the program department.

Industry News

  • Wright 

News Release

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Assistant Editorial Secretary: Hatem Said
External Affairs: Linda Ridefjord
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