In January 2021 the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities (IRSSD) held its bi-annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Originally the meeting was scheduled in Milwaukee at an iconic Milwaukee hotel, the Pfister, but the pandemic intervened and necessitated the transition of the meeting to a virtual format. Even so, the meeting allowed interaction and open discussion amongst practitioners from around the world.
The IRSSD is an outgrowth of a group of researchers who met in 1980 to discuss surface topography and other techniques for assessment of trunk deformity. The society has always been multi-disciplinary in nature, and over the years there was seen to be a need to broaden the scope of the meeting, which led to the formation of the IRSSD.
Initially the groups emphasis was on surface topography but the society now studies a variety of methods to assess the 3D deformity of scoliosis, including EOS 3D reconstruction.
The IRSSD concentrates on research in spinal deformity with clinical applications. In addition to 3D assessment of the spine, researchers also explore spinal biomechanics, etiopathogenesis, and innovative conservative and surgical therapies. The goal is to integrate basic science with clinical care to improve patient care.
The first IRSSD meeting was held in 1996 in Sweden, hosted by John Sevastick. The second meeting was held in 1998 in Vermont and was hosted by Ian Stokes. The third meeting was held in 2000 in Clermont Ferrand, France, hosted by Alain Tanguy and Bernard Peuchot. The fourth in 2002 in Athens, Greece, organized by Dr. Theodoros B. Grivas.
Since then, the society has met in multiple countries around the world.
For the meeting we were lucky to have four keynote speakers of international note…
Patrick Cahill, MD; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Pulmonary Outcomes in Pediatric Spinal Deformity Surgery
Stefan Parent, MD, PhD; Sainte-Justine Hospital
Optimizing Surgical Results of Vertebral Body Tethering
Brandon Rebholz, MD; Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
Adaptation of Emerging Technologies in Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery
Carol Wise, PhD; Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
What Causes AIS? Ask the Genome!
We also hosted 4 symposia on current controversies with experts in the field…
Eliminating 2D Spinal Assessments and Embracing 3D and 4D
Patrick Knott, PhD, PA-C, Xue-Cheng Liu, MD, PhD, and Saba Pasha, PhD
Gait and Posture Analysis in Scoliosis-Implications for Clinical Practice
Nachi Chockalingham, PhD, Ram Haddas, PhD, Robert Needham, PhD, and Thomas Shannon, PhD
Future Generation of Brace
Carl-Eric Aubin, PhD, PE, Man-Sang Wong, PhD, and Luke Stikeleather, CO
Bracing for the Early Onset Scoliosis
Timothy Hresko, MD, Channing Tassone, MD, John Thometz, MD, and Jim Wynne, CO
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to host this meeting. I would especially like to thank my co-chairman, Dr. Xue-Cheng Liu. His excellent skills in both the clinical and basic science research arena, along with his tireless efforts and outstanding productivity, made this meeting a success. The book is meant to further the mission of the IRSSD in expanding the scope of scoliosis research.
March 16, 2021