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SICOT e-Newsletter

 Issue No. 26 - November 2010

  • SICOT Events
    - SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress - Prague, Czech Republic
  • SICOT News
    - NUHS/SICOT Trauma Fellowship Award
    - SICOT Travelling Fellowships 2011

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.

Editorial by Jochen Eulert, Secretary General

The collection and distribution of knowledge has been a major goal for SICOT for many years. Nowadays this has become easier with the development of IT, which is changing the world. With this in mind, SICOT has created an electronic learning programme:

COT Global Network of Electronic Learning = SIGNEL

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

    Abstract submission is open! Click here to submit your abstracts.

    Abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2011

    Main topics

    Other topics  
    Endoscopic Spinal Surgery
    Foot & Ankle
    Knee Ligament & Cartilage Repair
    Minimally Invasive Spinal Techniques
    Natural Disasters
    Prosthetics & Orthotics
    Regenerative Orthopaedics
    Road Trauma Safety

  • Registration

    Congress registration is open here!

  • SICOT Educational Day 2011

The SICOT Educational Day is a new initiative undertaken by the SICOT Young Surgeons Committee. The aim of this day is to provide a comprehensive review course for residents and an evidence-based update for practicing surgeons on a specific theme at each SICOT meeting. The theme is selected in such a way that it is mutually beneficial to the residents in their exams and to the orthopaedic surgeons in their daily practice.

The theme chosen for this year is 'The Hip'. Great teachers from around the world are being brought together to lecture on their area of expertise. Read more...

  • SICOT Diploma Examination

Registration is open for the ninth SICOT Diploma Examination which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, in September 2011 (exact date to be confirmed) and will consist of a written part and an oral part. Read more...
  • Accommodation

Discover the various hotels available around the Prague Congress Centre here.

  • 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)

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


  • NUHS/SICOT Trauma Fellowship Award

On 13 September 2010 a new SICOT Fellowship Award blossomed in the Asia Pacific region. A Memorandum of Understanding between SICOT and the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma, National University Hospital, Singapore, created a new window of opportunity. Read more...

  • 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. Don't miss this great opportunity and apply before 31 December 2010! Read more...

SICOT Global Network for Electronic Learning - SIGNEL

  • Article of the Month  

Reindeer bone extract can heal the critical-size rat femur defect
Hanna Tölli, Sauli Kujala, Timo Jämsä & Pekka Jalovaara

Bone extract from reindeer induces new ectopic bone formation (BF) in muscle pouches, but its feasibility in experimental bone lesions has not been evaluated. We investigated the effects of implants, containing 2, 5, 15, 20 or 50 mg of reindeer bone extract in a collagen carrier, on the healing of 8-mm femur defects in 78 rats. Read more...

  • Case of the Month 

Is it always a Baker's cyst?

A 72-year-old woman is presented to our out-patients clinic with a three-month history of progressive right knee pain. She reports no trauma. This pain is sharp in nature, it is aggravated by exercise and relieved by rest. The physical examination of the right knee shows no swelling or tenderness on palpation. There is no redness or heat. A little Baker's cyst is palbable.

1.) What are the most appropriate investigations after the physical examination? Read more...

  • 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

  • Johns Hopkins University Clinical Observership

The Johns Hopkins University is happy to announce the availability of a clinical observership and research position at its Division of Shoulder Surgery. It is a one-year position and it is open in 2011. Read more...

Industry News

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Editorial Department
Editorial Secretary: Syed Awais
Assistant Editorial Secretary: Hatem Said
External Affairs: Linda Ridefjord
Special thanks to Anthony Hall
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