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Recap of the 7th ICEOS Meeting

The 7th ICEOS took place on November 21-22 in San Diego, California. Over 150 attendees from 21 countries attended the meeting at Rancho Bernardo.

The meeting featured 39 papers and five lecture/roundtable sessions. The meeting featured an American Idol Style paper session, featuring Host David Marks, and judges Laurel Blakemore, Charles Johnston, and Rick Schwend. The winner of the session was "Pulmonary And Radiographic Outcomes Of VEPTR Treatment In Early Onset Scoliosis" Ozgur Dede, MD; Etsuro K. Motoyama; Charles I. Yang; Rebecca L. Mutich; Austin J. Bowles; Vincent F. Deeney.

The Best Paper award went to Michael Vitale, MD, for his paper “The Classification of Early Onset Scoliosis (C-EOS) Indentifies Patients at Higher Risk for Complications at 5 years Follow-Up” Michael G. Vitale, MD,MPH; Howard Y. Park, BA; Hiroko Matsumoto, MA; Tricia St. Hilaire, BS; Jeff B. Pawelek, BS; Evan P. Trupia, BS; Hasani W. Swindell, BS; John M. Flynn, MD; David L. Skaggs, MD; David P. Roye, MD.

Ten GSSG papers were presented at the meeting.

GSF Exceeds Fundraising Goal of $1 Million!

The Growing Spine Foundation is proud to announce that the 2013 fundraising goal of $1 Million dollars has been met! As of December 30, 2013, $1,030,597 has been raised for GSF Endowment Funds. All members of the GSF leadership contributed to the campaign, along with many members, friends, and corporate supporters.

GSF continues to encourage donations, and can now accept online credit card contributions.

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Congratulations to Dr. George Thompson!

GSF Board and GSSG Executive Committee member George H. Thompson, MD received the Scoliosis Research Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 48th Annual Meeting in Lyon, France.

Dr. Thompson is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and the Director of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Case Medical Center.

Growing Spine Study Group Papers Presented at the IMAST and SRS Annual Meeting

The following GSSG Papers and Posters were presented recently:

SRS Podium

Traditional Growing Rods Versus Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods in Early Onset Scoliosis: A Case-Matched Two Year Study
Behrooz A. Akbarnia, Kenneth Cheung, Gokhan Demirkiran, Hazem Elsebaie, John Emans, Charlie Johnston, Greg Mundis, Hilali Noordeen, Jeff Pawelek, Matthew Shaw, David Skaggs, Paul Sponseller, George Thompson, Muharrem Yazici, Growing Spine Study Group

Early onset scoliosis treated with Growing Rods has a greater increase in T1-S1 length, better Cobb correction, and more than twice the number of surgeries compared to Shilla
David L. Skaggs, Lindsay M. Andras,  Elizabeth R. A. Joiner, Richard E. McCarthy, Scott J. Luhmann, Paul D. Sponseller, John B. Emans, Growing Spine Study Group

SRS Poster

Does distraction based treatment predict thoracic dimensions?
Michael Glotzbecker, John Emans, Meryl Gold, Behrooz Akbarnia, Charles Johnston, Suken Shah, Francisco Sanchez Perez-Grueso, Growing Spine Study Group

IMAST Podium

Five to Sixteen-Year Results of 201 GR Patients: Is There a Difference Between Etiologies?
Behrooz Akbarnia, Nima Kabirian, Jeff Pawelek, John Emans, George Thompson, David Skaggs, Paul Sponseller, Growing Spine Study Group

Proximal Rib Anchors Have 77% Less Risk of Rod Breakage Than Proximal Spine Anchors In Distraction-Based Growing Rods
Paul Sponseller, Kent Yamaguchi, David Skaggs, Shaun Mansour, Karen Myung, Muharram Yazici, Charles Johnston, George Thompson, Behrooz Akbarnia, Michael Vitale, Growing Spine Study Group

Congratulations to all presenters and authors!

GSF Founder and President Performs Ground Breaking New Treatment for Early Onset Scoliosis

In a revolutionary treatment for early-onset scoliosis (EOS), a team of surgeons implanted adjustable growing rods in two children from California. The pioneering surgeries — the first ever in the United States — were performed on May 7th at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Compassionate Use approval to use the MAGEC™ (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System, developed by Ellipse Technologies, Inc., for these two patients.

Dr. Behrooz A. Akbarnia, a world-renowned pioneer in advanced treatments for scoliosis in young children, led the surgeries. Dr. Akbarnia is Medical Director of the San Diego Center for Spinal Disorders and Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Diego and the President of the Growing Spine Foundation. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Burt Yaszay and Dr. Gregory Mundis, who are also members of the early-onset scoliosis program at Rady Children’s Hospital and the Growing Spine Study Group, participated in the procedures.

Click here for more information about this ground break surgery.

Growing Spine Study Group Papers Presented at POSNA Meeting

The following Growing Spine Study Group papers were presented at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Meeting in Toronto in early May:

1. Five to Sixteen-Year Results of 201 Growing Rod Patients: Is There a Difference Between Etiologies? – Behrooz Akbarnia, MD

2. Early Onset Scoliosis Treat with Growing Rods has more Spinal Growth, Better Cobb correction, but more than twice the number of surgeries compared to Shilla. – Lindsay Andras, MD  and David Skaggs, MD

3. Are Rib Anchors Protective Against Rod Breakage in Distraction-Based Growing Rods? – David Skaggs, MD

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