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Wednesday, June 30 2010

Sainte-Justine hosts 140 specialists from all around the world attending the 8th International research society of scoliosis

Montreal, June 30, 2010 – More than 140 scoliosis specialists from all over the world are convening today at the CHU Sainte-Justine before the opening of an international meeting on scoliosis. The CHU Sainte-Justine and the École Polytechnique de Montréal will host the 8th Biennial Meeting of the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities (IRSSD), which is being held at the Hôtel Intercontinental in Montreal this July 1-3. The scientific meeting, which will bring together representatives from 15 different countries, is lead by Drs Carl-Éric Aubin, Hubert Labelle and Alain Moreau, researchers working in the Musculoskeletal Disorders and Movement Sciences Axis at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center.

Researchers from Canada, China, France, the USA, Japan, the UK, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, among others, will discuss the most recent advances in research, present and future treatments, genetics and analysis of human movement as well as challenges that will have to be faced over the next few years.

Scoliosis is a disease that affects 4% of Canadian children, 90% of whom are young growing girls. The treatments are still very invasive (corset, major surgery) and the causes remain unknown.

Cutting-edge research is being conducted to learn the causes of this musculoskeletal disease in order to develop novel minimally invasive treatments (using endoscopy, for example) as well as screening tests making it possible to target children at risk of disease progression. The CHU Sainte-Justine, in collaboration with the École Polytechnique de Montréal, is a well-established major research hub, a model for the integration of clinical research and treatment development. The Multidisciplinary Musculoskeletal Disorders and Movement Sciences team (one of the CHUSJ’s five hubs of excellence) has some of the best surgeons, fundamental investigators and engineers in the world working on spinal deformities.

The meeting’s many scientific presentations will include:

  • The most recent findings on candidate genes and the etiopathology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
  • A clinical evaluation of adolescent scoliosis screening at school.
  • A virtual simulator that makes it possible to design optimal orthopedic corsets for individual patients.
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of scolioses that exploit children’s growth processes.

A detailed program of the 8th Meeting of the International Research Society of Spinal Deformities (IRSSD) is available at the following address: www.groupes.polymtl.ca/IRSSD2010.

For information

Nicole Saint-Pierre
Communications Advisor
CHU Sainte-Justine
514-345-4931, ext. 2555

Mélanie Dallaire
Communications Advisor – Media Relations
CHU Sainte-Justine

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