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Published 9/1/2011
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Cyndi Chapman

SRS celebrates 45th anniversary

Scoliosis Research Society spans globe

Since 1966, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) has been committed to helping its members provide the best care possible to their patients with various forms of spinal deformity through continuing education, the latest research, and the extensive network of knowledge and resources created by all the members.

“Although the SRS has changed dramatically in many ways over the past 45 years, the main goal of improving the care of all patients with spinal deformity remains the mission statement that drives all of our activities,” said SRS President Lawrence G. Lenke, MD.

From just 35 founding members, SRS has grown to 1,000 members representing 46 different countries. This growth enables the SRS to provide outstanding educational opportunities, including the SRS Annual Meeting and the International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST). SRS also coordinates five worldwide conferences that present the latest technology, education, and research on spinal deformities. Many of the world’s most dedicated surgeons and healthcare professionals who care for patients with spinal deformities attend these meetings and conferences.

Research and scholarship
As part of its mission to promote the optimal care of all patients with spinal deformities, SRS continues to award a large array of grants and scholarships to surgeons from around the globe. These programs provide recipients with a worldwide network of information of the best options available for treating their patients.

In addition to funding independent research grants, SRS also collects data on spinal deformity surgery and complications. SRS members are required to submit Morbidity & Mortality (M&M) data each year, which provides basic information on complication rates for a large number of surgeries. To improve the M&M database, SRS recently embarked on a multicenter adult spinal deformity study in partnership with AOSpine International. The purpose of the “Scoli-Risk” trial is to analyze complications in complex deformity surgery. Over the next 2 years, data from 15 different spine centers around the world will be prospectively collected to accurately determine neurologic and other complications in order to study potentially useful medications and modalities to lessen these complications.

SRS also helps to coordinate several global outreach programs that provide patients with the care they need and would otherwise be unable to receive. Many SRS members travel to underserved regions such as Bulgaria, Ghana, Barbados, Colombia, Trinidad, and Honduras. The traveling surgeons provide support to local doctors and patients in need by performing surgeries and by providing additional education, training, and resources.

Looking forward, building on the past
For the past 45 years SRS members have been dedicated to fulfilling the Society’s mission by utilizing their talent, expertise, and resources.

“The SRS in 2011 is a dynamic, global, and highly respected spine society whose members are the clinical and research leaders of spinal deformity care around the world,” said Dr. Lenke. “This focus and commitment began with our founding members and continues today throughout our membership, leadership, and dedicated staff.”

The SRS annual meeting is scheduled for Sept. 14–17, 2011, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky.

SRS preliminary program (PDF)

For more information about SRS, visit www.srs.org

Cyndi Chapman is the SRS meetings coordinator. She can be reached at cchapman@srs.org