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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 24 - September 2010

Editorial by Jochen Eulert - SICOT Secretary General

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.

The scientific programme started with a half day of instructional courses. 409 oral presentations and 664 posters were presented from 1,761 submitted abstracts. The authors came from 72 different countries. The five countries with the highest number of submitted abstracts were United Kingdom (276), India (249), Sweden (127), Japan (117), and Korea (84).

108 invited speakers delivered lectures during the various sessions, which were also chaired by respected experts in their field. The highlights of the meetings are always the world-renowned special guests invited as Plenary Speakers, who this year were:

  • Stevin Garfin (United States): "Spinal motion sparing: is it here to stay?"
  • Tommy Hansson (Sweden): "Ways to improve outcome in orthopaedic surgery"
  • Shinichi Kikuchi (Japan): "International collaboration beyond the culture gap"
  • Ian Learmonth (United Kingdom): "What will shape improvement in THA in the future – Technology, Technique or Training?"
  • Cody Bünger, SICOT President, delivered a presidential lecture on the "Global Challenges in Orthopaedics".

All sessions were very well attended and lively discussions took place at many of them. The participation levels in the industry symposia were high and a huge industrial exhibition offered the latest developments in technology and medical treatment. It demonstrated that doctors and industry are partners in the effort to provide the best care for our patients.

The Opening Ceremony included outstanding entertainment by the famous Gothenburg University Men's Choir, the superb Cre8 Dance Company, and a brilliant one-man show of a "typical" Swedish citizen, performed by Per Fritzell from the comedy group Galenskaparna/After Shave. The guest speaker at the Opening Ceremony was Martin Fritz, Professor of Economic History at the University of Gothenburg, who delivered a distinguished lecture entitled "Gothenburg – an international city". With Japan as the 2010 SICOT Friendship Nation, Katsuji Shimizu, SICOT National Delegate of Japan, represented the Japanese Orthopaedic Association and gave a speech about the history of Swedish influence on orthopaedic surgery in Japan.

The other remarkable events in the social programme were all very successful. The Fun Night was a casual evening held in a garden in central Gothenburg and lasted until the early hours of the morning. The very enjoyable Presidents' Dinner was hosted by Olle Svensson, SOF President, Björn Rydevik, Conference President, and Cody Bünger, SICOT President. It included excellent food and wine, as well as top-class entertainment by the world's number one ABBA tribute band, Waterloo, followed by dancing. The Master of Ceremony was Fredrik Belfrage, a popular Swedish TV and radio presenter, who did a great job both at the Presidents' Dinner and at the Opening Ceremony.

At the Closing Ceremony, awards and diplomas were handed out and the names of the winners are listed here.

All in all, it was a memorable meeting, which was scientifically very interesting and remarkably well organised by our friends from SOF and their many volunteers, together with those who were involved from SICOT and the local PCO, Congrex. We greatly thank the members of SOF for their overwhelming hospitality. We left this wonderful country with the firm hope to return one day.

Jochen Eulert
SICOT Secretary General