16–18 October, Helsinki, Finland

Scientific Programme

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Moldovan, Florina

Dr Florina Moldovan (MD, PhD, Montreal, Canada) is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry at the Université de Montréal. She is an internationally recognized expert in molecular biology of bone, cartilage and genetics of pediatric scoliosis. Her research programme always ties together fundamental and clinical research. Her work has led to the development of a state-of-the-art research program centered on the role of the puberty and genes involved in etiology of spinal deformities in scoliosis. Dr. Moldovan's research discovered POC5 gene as a first causative gene of familial scoliosis. This work covers the science from all angles possible, i.e. genetic mapping and exome sequencing, cell biology, animal models, including knock down and gene overexpression in zebra fish. This experience prepares her very well for a leading role in the basic and genetic clinical aspects of this project. Honors and Awards2018  Hibb,s Award, Basic Research, SRS 20192016 Laureat, Fondation Yves Cotrel-Institut de France2014 GRAMMER European Spine Journal Award 2014 for Best Basic Science Publication 2012 Laureat, Fondation Yves Cotrel-Institut de France2008 Research Scholar - Junior 2, Research Award, FRSQ2006Laureat, Fondation Yves Cotrel-Institut de France2005 William T. Holland Arthritis Grant, The Arthritis Society2004 Carrol A. Award, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation Positions and Honors:Full Professor, Faculty of Dentistry, University of MontrealMedical Doctor, Faculty of  Memberships 2015 Member of Eurospine Society 2015 Member of North American Spine Society (NASS) 2014 President, Animal Care Committee, CIBPAR , CHU Ste-Justine, Montreal2013 Member, Réseau Québécois de Recherche sur les médicaments, RQRM2012 Member, IRSSD Scientific Committee 2012 Member of the International Consortium for Scoliosis Genetics, ICSG (Member since 2012 and Executive Board Member 2014-2017)2011-2012 Member of the Jury, Journée Scientifique de la faculté Dentaire, Université de   Montréal2011 Member, Network of applied genetic medicineMember, Groupe de Recherche Universitare sur le medicament, GRUMMember, the Network for Oral and Bone Health Research, RSBOMember, Fondation Yves Cotrel - Institut de FranceMember, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, ASBMR



14:00 - 15:20
Basic Science
Location: Meeting Room 102
QF11 POC5 variant leads to cellular alterations and retinal anomalies in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis
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