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Honorary and Keynote Lectures
Wednesday, 6 October
Fabio Galbusera, PhD, Milan, Italy
Head of the Laboratory of Biological Structures Mechanics (LABS)
I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi
Associate Editor for Biomechanics, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
Intelligence-based spine care: how trustworthy AI can shape the future of diagnosis and treatment of spine disorders
Fabio Galbusera is the Head of the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics of the IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milan, one of the top-ranked Italian research hospitals for orthopaedics. He received the degree in biomedical engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy and the PhD at the Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Center of Musculoskeletal Research Ulm, Germany, with which he has an active collaboration. His main research interest is the biomechanics of the spine and of the intervertebral disc, about which he published more than 130 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. In the last five years, Dr. Galbusera pioneered the use of AI techniques in spine research, and he is nowadays recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field.
Thursday, 7 October
Markus Hengstschläger, PhD, Professor, Vienna, Austria
Head of the Institute of Medical Genetics, Medical University of Vienna
Medical genetics – quo vadis? From AI in genetic diagnosis to gene therapy.
Markus Hengstschläger studied genetics at the University of Vienna, did research at Yale University in the USA and was finally appointed university professor at the Medical University of Vienna, where he now heads the Institute of Medical Genetics. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Austrian Bioethics Commission.
Friday, 8 October
Lawrence G. Lenke, MD, New York, United States
Och Spine Hospital at New York-Presbyterian/Allen
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (in Neurological Surgery)
Chief of Spinal Surgery
Chief of Spinal Deformity Surgery
Co-Director, Adult and Paediatric Comprehensive Spine Surgery Fellowship
Columbia Univ. Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery
Evolution of posterior techniques for spinal deformity correction: 10 years back, current, and 10 Years forward
Dr. Lenke is world-renowned for the surgical treatment of paediatric and adult patients with various forms of spinal anomalies, with expertise in the most complex deformities. Thus, he is a leading authority on such spinal deformities as scoliosis, kyphosis, flatback syndrome, high-grade spondylolisthesis, and major coronal and sagittal malalignment. His prolific clinical research has culminated in over 525 peer-reviewed publications, over 1,000 podium presentations as well as presiding as chair of over 125 spinal surgery courses worldwide.