Dear Colleague,

NSpine is proud to announce the NSpine Main Conference 2017, which will take place in London, UK on June 12-15, 2017 in collaboration with the European Spine Journal, NASS, EANS & Biospine. 

We are delighted to have completed the preliminary programme which includes more than 100 lectures a day in up to 10 parallel rooms. Each newsletter issue will focus on different aspects of the event as it develops.

The Royal College of Surgeons in London is proving to be an attractive venue very popular with faculty and sponsors and we are proud to be delivering a truly multidisciplinary and very extensive programme for 2017. Building on the experience of the events held in 2013 and 2015 we will be covering the entire spine over 4 full days in 2017.

We look forward to welcoming international delegates to our main event and will do our very best to make this a memorable stay.

Yours sincerely,

Bronek Boszczyk, NSpine Director

NSpine 2017 Highlights
Philip Zorab Collaboration

NSpine has entered a collaboration with the Philip Zorab meeting. Nuvasive have generously provided funding for a combined reduced ticket which allows access to both meetings at a discounted rate. We are very grateful for Nuvasive's vision and believe we have together created one of the most comprehensive deformity meetings of 2017.

The NSpine deformity focus will be over the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday dealing with all clinical and technical aspects of deformity management in the paediatric and adult patient. We will be covering this comprehensively in more than 10 sessions as well as in dedicated cadaver labs. The Philip Zorab symposium will be continuing with the cutting edge basic science and evidence-based deformity management from the Thursday onwards.

Faculty Spotlight

We are extremely proud and grateful to have secured an extensive faculty spanning more than 100 experts in their respective fields. Many of these are internationally renowned senior clinicians who will be sharing their knowledge in interactive sessions.

Our newsletters will cover individual faculty members each time. We would like to start with Dominic Thompson who is a Consultant Neurosurgeon and Paediatric Spine Surgeon at Greater Ormond Street Hospital in London. Dominic has extensive experience in managing complex paediatric spinal conditions and has developed the paediatric programme for NSpine 2017. This includes many highly specialised areas usually not seen conferences and we look forward to the discussions in these experts sessions. Our course dinner profits will in part be directed to Dominic’s research programme and outreach activity. Please support this by attending the course dinner. Please find Dominic's impressive biography here. 

Cadaver Labs

NSpine will run cadaver labs at the Royal College of Surgeons on the Tuesday and Wednesday of the meeting – the labs are in the same building allowing seamless attendance. As usual, the labs will focus on high quality and low volume. There will generally be two attendees per table with one expert faculty.

We have two masterclass (VIP) tables dedicated to complex techniques – Claudio Lamartina and Pedro Berjano will each be comprehensively instructing two delegates on osteotomy techniques of the entire spine. A second set of masterclass tumour resection sessions under the guidance of Peter Varga are in preparation.

GSpine - The future of Spinal Surgery
The GSpine sessions look exceptionally exciting. We will be featuring one of the sessions in each newsletter. In this edition the spotlight is on Monday’s additive manufacturing and advanced instrumentation technology. We have invited select manufacturers who utilise different aspects of additive manufacturing to produce innovative custom prosthesis and interbody fusions devices. All of these devices aim to allow bony on and through growth facilitated by different surface properties and structure. This technology which will dominate fusion devices in the coming decade. We are delighted to have presentations from Amedica, EIT, Medicrea and LFC confirmed. We will furthermore be looking at the biomechanical properties of novel rod technologies, specifically K2Ms rail technology, Medicrea’s precontoured rods and Nuvasives Bendini application. Finally, in this session we will be comparing the new carbon composite pedicle screw systems of Icotec, Colign and Carbofix.
Big Ben Sponsor: DePuy Synthes

We welcome DePuy Synthes as the first Big Ben sponsor to receive a focus in our newsletter. DePuy Synthes has been a strong supporter of NSpine’s vision from the outset and a tremendous educational partner. 
DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive orthopaedic and neurological business in the world, built upon the strong legacies of two great companies. We are a total solutions company. DePuy Synthes Companies offer an unparalleled breadth and depth of technology, devices, services and programs in the areas of joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials. Our broad array of inspired, innovative and high quality offerings help advance the health and wellbeing of people around the world. The Spine business offers a comprehensive portfolio of spinal care solutions for the treatment of the most simple to the most complex spine disorders using traditional and minimally invasive techniques. The unmet needs in orthopaedic and neurological care are significant. With insights from patients, physicians, providers, payors and policymakers to guide us, DePuy Synthes Companies are uniquely positioned to meet these needs and deliver life-changing medical innovation.  At DePuy Synthes Companies, we aspire to be your partner of choice, delivering high standards of quality in everything we do.

Sex & the Spine

Our Sex and Spine event at Spineweek in Singapore met with such enthusiasm that we are repeating this in London. There will be keynote lectures addressing specific topics at the end of each day and a dedicated therapists string of workshops on the Thursday.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held at the Kensington Roof Gardens on Tuesday, June 13. This is an outstanding open air venue hosted by Virgin Limited Edition. We have recruited faculty members to provide musical entertainment outdoors for the welcome (more details available soon) and we are putting together a faculty band (as for every NSpine event) for the night club component of the evening.
Expect many dance classics to be played and be surprised at who will be playing!

More collaborations....

We are delighted that the North American Spine Society is partnering with NSpine in a keynote session on the impact of working time directives on surgical training. We will be comparing the impact in the US and Europe and how training systems can accomplish their duties in these restrictive times.


The European Association of the Neurosurgical Societies provide excellent education to neurosurgeons in training and beyond. We are therefore thrilled to have the EANS contribute two full days to the programme focussing on intraspinal tumours and spinal cord injuries. We look forward to the close interaction of delegates with different speciality backgrounds.

Vet Spine

The interspecies masterclass was very popular in past meetings and was described by some as one of the best learning experiences. We are delighted to be partnering with Noel Fitzpatrick (of Supervet fame) and Steven De Decker (President BVNS) in delivering the 2017 vetspine course. This is a true highlight in interactive case discussions focusing on a multitude of species which is stimulating to vet and human surgeons alike. Noel will also be presenting his groundbreaking bionic implant work in one of the GSpine sessions.

European Spine Journal

The European Spine Journal will be joining NSpine to provide the evidence base keynotes as well as dedicated sessions on conducting research and journal reviews. This is a wonderful opportunity to interact closely with experienced faculty in drawing up research projects and bringing these two successful publication. The European Spine Journal is renowned for its evidence-based publications and will be selecting speakers for the keynotes accordingly.

Sports Spine

Nick Birch has selected an amazing faculty for the 2017 sports spine course. Any delegates interested in the treatment of spinal conditions in high performance athletes will enjoy the presentations by these highly experienced surgeons and thereapists. BPMpro will be showcasing the latest body performance measurement tools developed for athletes and expand on their relevance for spinal assessment and rehabilitation.