28 May - 1 June, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Welcome Address by the President of EUROSPINE

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is my great honour to invite you to join the Society at its next annual scientific meeting at Spineweek 2012, to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from May 28 to June 1.

Spineweek is the biggest spine meeting of this year, it promises to be a great scientific and social success. The EUROSPINE meeting is regularly attended by over 2,000 delegates as well as representatives from the industry. EUROSPINE has one of the highest academic standards with 85 of the best submissions accepted for oral presentations and a further double accepted for short and poster presentation. The industry and the other scientific societies join the EUROSPINE Society in hosting workshops, pre-meeting gatherings on specific topics and expert lectures.

The European Spine Journal continues to become a strong arm of the society with one of the highest impact factors of the speciality. EUROSPINE's Spine Tango database will continue to offer it's possibilities to the members to collect data in order to become one of the strongest tools for health technology assessment in the future. Our goal is to fully own this tool in order to be totally independent from any third party and to provide the best quality of analysis of clinical data. EUROSPINE members are requested to participate in the success of Spine Tango which is a unique international medical database.

This year EUROSPINE together with the EUROSPINE Foundation, which is dedicated to help EUROSPINE with its different tasks, developed the education program in a very professionnal way. European courses in english were followed by regional meetings in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Turkish. The education week hosted in Lucern was a great success. Marco Brayda Bruno, EduCom Chair and Gerard Vanacker, CEO of the EUROSPINE Foundation, were the keys for the success of this course attended by over 100 surgeons with theoretical and practical sessions in cadlabs. I would like to thank all the faculties who attended and provided their help for this course.

The economic downturn with the inevitable pressure on health care budgets necessitates a strong and active society, dealing with the academic, economic and regulatory pressures on behalf of its members. We, as spine surgeons, have to develop new ideas and concepts to provide the best care to our patients, based on innovations and evidence based medicine (EBM). EBM is now the standart for innovation and Eurospine society want to support this concept. Spinal implants must follow the new trends for a sustainable environment.

The 2012 EUROSPINE meeting in Amsterdam is a tremendous challenge with the Spineweek organisation. This historical site is a centre of art and culture, the social aspect of the meeting is an assured success and keenly anticipated.

Also to that end, if you are not already, I would encourage you to become a member of EUROSPINE and participate in the tremendous development of our speciality in Europe. All active members are welcome to participate in committees.

Jean Charles LE HUEC
President of EUROSPINE, the Spine Society of Europe
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