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SICOT e-Newsletter

Issue No. 30 - March 2011

Editorial by Maurice Hinsenkamp, President Elect & Chairman of the Congress Scientific Advisory Committee

Less than six months remain before the SICOT 2011 XXV Triennial World Congress in Prague, Czech Republic. The scientific programme is now prepared in detail with only a few confirmations of attendance pending. It will be an exceptional meeting due to its size but mostly due to its scientific value. More than 600 free papers and over 700 posters have been selected, covering the main topics in orthopaedics and traumatology.

Among the main advantages of a global and general orthopaedic society such as SICOT is our ability to gather the best expertise and knowledge in the different specialties of our field during the same meeting.

Four plenary speakers will update your knowledge in the various topics:

  • Christian Gerber: "Partial Rotator Cuff Tears"
  • Pierre Hoffmeyer: "Polytrauma: An Evolving Spectrum"
  • Frédéric Picard: "Is Computer Assisted Total Knee Surgery Mainstream?"
  • James Wright: "Evidence-Based Orthopaedics: What Does That Actually Mean?"

To allow you to explore the cutting edge of your own subspecialties, specialty societies and worldwide experts will be convened.

The hip topic will be strongly represented during sessions organised by the International Hip Society, with invited speakers such as Daniel Berry, Miguel Cabanela, Philippe Hernigou, Henrik Malchau, Kjeld Soballe, a symposium on hip arthroscopy, an instructional course on the preservation of the hip, and one session during the Educational Day.

Spine will be an important topic with sessions organised by the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), invited speakers such as Ahmet Alanay, Cody Bünger, Rune Hedlund, Kamal Ibrahim, Keith Luk, S. Rajasekaran, Martin Szrepco, George Thompson, among many others who will participate in a symposium on TB infection of the spine and an instructional course on the surgical management of spinal deformities.

Paediatric orthopaedics will be represented, as is now tradition, by the International Federation of Paediatric Orthopaedic Societies (IFPOS) and the International Clubfoot study group, with invited speakers such as John Dormans, Patricia Fucs, Wallace B. Lehman, and Ashok Johari providing a symposium on paediatric trauma and an instructional course on the Ponsetti management of clubfoot.

Trauma will be an important part of the meeting. This year, the SICOT Trauma Committee, chaired by Vilmos Vécsei, will focus on the fractures around the knee with one symposium and three free paper sessions on the same subject.

The topic of the shoulder will also receive special attention with the participation of the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow (ESSSE).

To keep pace with the current tragic events in the world, a symposium on natural disasters will attempt to help the humanitarian volunteers in their indications for amputation which, with the triage, remains a difficult decision for surgeons.

Many other topics will be covered, including research with a symposium on nanosciences, "How to Write a Paper" organised by the Editor of International Orthopaedics, Marko Pecina, and a global clinical approach with the World Orthopaedic Concern (WOC). This year, also specific areas of the world will be honoured, namely the Chinese Orthopaedic Association (COA) who will deliver five invited lectures, the Russian speaking countries who will chair one session, and, last but not least, the Czech Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology (CSOT).

It is impossible to mention everything here and I am unfortunately obliged to omit many other important names and features. In total, 62 free paper sessions, 18 symposia, 16 specialty society meetings, 17 instructional courses, and several lunch workshops organised by the industry answering many questions arising within the field of orthopaedics and traumatology.

Apart from this exceptional scientific programme, our Czech colleagues have prepared wonderful social events to welcome you to Prague from 6 to 9 September 2011.

Do not forget to register before 15 May to benefit from reduced registration fees, which will be especially low for SICOT members. Registration is open here!