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Ian Stokes
11-21-1991, 03:43 AM
Dear BIOMCH-L readers,

The following is the announcement of a forthcoming meeting which should be
of interest to a wide range of participants, including those in
biomechanics. In view of the short notice for the submission of papers,
I suggest contacting the meeting coordinator:

Jean Dansereau
at email BM00@POLYTEC1.BITNET
or fax +1 514 340 4611

I hope to see you there!

Ian Stokes
on behalf of the Scientific committee.

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INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON 3-D SCOLIOTIC DEFORMITIES
joined with the
VIIth INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SPINAL DEFORMITY
AND SURFACE TOPOGRAPHY
Hotel Meridien, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 27-30, 1992,

Montreal, August 28th, 1991

Abstracts are requested for podium or poster presentations in relation to
the six different themes presented on the "announcement and call for
papers". The deadline for abstract submission is December 1st, 1991
(postmarked). The scientific committee will give its decision on the
acceptance of the abstracts by January 15th, 1992. Authors of accepted
abstracts should send a complete paper (4 to 8 pages) by March 1st, 1992.
The proceedings of the Symposium will include the full papers and will be
available during the Symposium, published by an official editor.

The Symposium will be held at the Hotel Meridien, downtown Montreal, close
to "la Place des Arts" and the new "Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal".
1992 coincides with the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the
foundation of Montreal. The Symposium occurs between Saint-Jean Baptiste
day (Quebec day, June 24th) and Canada day (July 1st) and also during the
International Jazz Festival.


ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

The "International Symposium on the Three-Dimensional (3-D) Scoliotic
Deformities" will be a scientific and technical forum allowing the
opportunity for all researchers and clinicians, working in this field, to
exchange knowledge, to establish contact between investigators and to
generate further communication and discussion specifically on the 3-D
aspect of the scoliotic spine and thorax.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM:
The symposium will be divided in six main themes; each theme will be
introduced and discussed by an invited keynote speaker who has a specific
expertise.

1) 3-D acquisition, reconstruction and modelling techniques: capture and
treatment of radiographic images, evaluation of magnetic nuclear
resonance techniques and/or axial tomography, external measurements
(3-D digitization, goniometers, etc.), presentation, analysis,
validation and discussion of various reconstruction and modelling
techniques of the 3-D shape of the spine, rib cage, back surface
topography, etc. Keynote speaker: DR. BURKHARD DRERUP (GERMANY)

2) 3-D biomechanical analysis: application of the finite element
modelling methods, kinematic analysis of the scoliotic trunk,
mechanical evaluation of spinal and rib cage forces and deformations,
mechanical interaction between spine and rib cage, model validation,
etc. Keynote speaker: DR. ALBERT B. SCHULTZ (USA)

3) 3-D deformity measurement methods and terminology: comparison of
different measurement indices for the severity of the spinal
deformity, for the rib cage asymmetries, for the back surface shape,
definition of new indices, new measurement techniques, etc.
Keynote speaker: DR. IAN A.F. STOKES (USA)

4) 3-D etiological and prognostic aspects: clinical studies on
etiological, epidemiological and/or progression factors related to the
3-D aspect of scoliotic deformities, hypothesis verifications, 3-D
interpretation, prognostic factors, etc.
Keynote speaker: DR. R. GEOFFREY BURWELL (UK)

5) 3-D treatment of scoliosis: clinical evaluation and analysis of non-
invasive treatment (braces, electrical stimulation, etc.) and surgical
treatment in relation with 3-D scoliotic deformities.
Keynote speaker: DR. JEAN DUBOUSSET (FRANCE)

6) Surface topography vs internal 3-D spinal and/or trunk anatomy:
Relationships between back shape topography and spine and/or rib cage
geometry, clinical studies, effectiveness of external landmarks or
markers, determination of the vertebral line, etc.
Keynote speaker: DR. NOBUMASA SUZUKI (JAPAN)

DEADLINES:
- Abstract submission: December 1, 1991
- Notification to the authors: January 15, 1992
- Complete paper submission (4 to 8 pages): March 1, 1992

ROUND TABLES:
Round tables will allow, in a form of controversial debates, discussion on
particular subjects related to each theme of the symposium.

Debate 1 - "Should Cobb angle still be used in the management of
scoliosis?" Principal debators: M. MEHTA (ENGLAND) and M.A. ASHER (USA)

Debate 2 - "Is finite element modelling too complex to be of clinical
value?" Principal debators: A. PATWARDHAN (USA) and M.S. MORELAND (USA)
Debate 3 - "Should scoliosis curve types be reclassified using 3-D
measures?" Principal debators: E.E. TRANSFELDT (USA), P. DANGERFIELD (UK)

Debate 4 - "Is idiopathic scoliosis caused by a mechanical sagittal
imbalance or by a nervous system disorder?"
Principal debators: R. DICKSON (UK) and J. DUBOUSSET (FRANCE)

Debate 5 - "Is derotation of the spine the main objective of treatment?"
Principal debators: H. LABELLE (CANADA) and H. GRAF (FRANCE)

Debate 6 - "Should surface topography replace radiography in the
evaluation of scoliotic deformities?"
Principal debators: A. MEROLLI (ITALIA) and S. WILLNER (SWEDEN)

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
President: Jean Dansereau, ing., Ph.D. (CANADA)

Scientific committee:
Dr. H. Labelle, M.D. (CANADA): chairman Dr. P. Dangerfield, M.D. (UK)
Dr. J. Dansereau, Ph.D. (CANADA) Dr. H. Graf, M.D. (FRANCE)
Dr. J. Dimnet, Ph.D. (FRANCE) Dr. I.A.F. Stokes, Ph.D. (USA)
Dr. J. de Guise, Ph.D. (CANADA) Dr. E.E. Transfeldt, M.D. (USA)

Social activities: Dr. Jacques de Guise, Ph.D. (CANADA)
Publicity: Dr. Moris Duhaime, M.D. (CANADA)
Audio-visual: Dr. Charles-Hilaire Rivard, M.D.
(CANADA)
Publication editor committee: Dr. Paul Allard, Ph.D. (CANADA)
Dr. Jean Dansereau, Ph.D. (CANADA)
REGISTRATION FEE:
The fee for the Symposium is 420 $ prior April 1st, 1992 and 480 $
afterwards. The registration fee includes: meeting material, one copy of
the proceedings, welcoming reception, two lunches, banquet, refreshments
and another special social activity. The fee is due upon acceptance of
paper. All cancellation received by April 1st, 1992 will be assessed a
100 $ non refundable charge. After this date, there will be NO REFUNDS.

LANGUAGES:
The official languages of the symposium are English and French.
Simultaneous translation will be available.

PUBLICATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS:
The proceedings of the symposium will be published by an official editor.