On May 15–17, 2014, more than 200 registered participants among these many surgeons, engineers, scientists, veterinarians and invited speakers from 35 countries gathered in Xi'an, China to exchange knowledge on the recent advances on the intervertebral disc during the fourth edition of the World Forum for Spine Research (WFSR).
From the 214 abstracts submitted, 21 oral presentations, 26 short talks and 112 posters were presented during the three days making the forum a highly educational program where lively discussions emerged. Prizes were awarded to the best participants in each category.
This unique, international forum attracted clinicians and research scientists together to discuss intervertebral disc health at the basic, translational, and clinical research levels. Additionally, it offered a platform to foster new friendships and collaborations. The pre-course tutorials presented an opportunity for participants to learn about the current surgical techniques of spine implants and to interact with some of the most renowned leaders in the field, such as K. Daniel Riew, Lisbet Haglund, Jeff Wang, Hongxun Sang, and many more.
AOSpine, organizer of the World Forum for Spine Research, would like to sincerely thank and congratulate the chairpersons, faculty, participants, and exhibitors for keeping the WFSR at the forefront of international spine care research.
We look forward to seeing you at the Global Spine Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina in May 2015 and to the next combined Global Spine Congress and World Forum for Spine Research in Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2016.
The World Forum for Spine Research 2014 discussed the Intervertebral Disc—from Degeneration to Theraupeutic Motion Preservation. See the full final program details here.
In 2012, we discussed the Intervertebral Disc—from Degeneration to Pain. Download the scientific program from 2012, including presenter details, here (PDF).