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On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, it is our esteemed honor to invite you to the 44th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) in Athens, Greece on May 29th to June 2nd, 2017.
Situated in Southern Europe and known as the “cradle” of Western civilization, Athens is located at the crossroads of three continents and has been a hub of many cultures. Throughout its near 6,000 years of history, Athens has played a seminal role in introducing the world to theatre, mythology, philosophy, science, medicine, and democracy. Equally important, the foundations of the spine discipline are deeply rooted in the annals of this country.
Athens is also a modern metropolitan center of incomparable charm and great interest. It is considered one of Europe’s safest capitals, known to have user-friendly transportation networks, an award-winning airport and port terminus, numerous world-class museums and archeological sites, hundreds of restaurants to satisfy every taste, endless markets and shopping opportunities, nightlife to cater to every desire, and a landscape fusing the breathtaking blue water of the sea with its mountainous terrain. In addition, Athens is the gateway to over 2,000 charming and unique Greek islands that consist of mesmerizing beaches and resorts, historical sites, and opportunities for rest and relaxation on the Mediterranean. Among this setting, our meeting will take place at the Hilton Hotel located in the center of the city and in a short distance from the Acropolis. It is also an excellent base to explore a lively city, numerous archaeological sites and many attractive locations.
The scientific program provides an excellent opportunity for prominent as well as younger researchers and clinicians to present their recent scientific findings. During the week, we will also offer two unique symposia, one focusing on translational and commercialization of research and the other on the pros and cons of minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery. We will have three eminent invited guest speakers that are sure to motivate and inspire. Furthermore, for the first time, ISSLS has partnered with AOSpine to offer a superb course helmed by an international faculty and leaders in the field addressing “Sagittal balance and its implications in spine surgery.” Nestled among the scientific events, we will also provide a social program that will be exceptional and unforgettable, providing you an unparalleled opportunity to meet new friends and exchange ideas.
We look forward to welcoming you at the 44th Annual Meeting of ISSLS in Athens!
Dimitris Kletsas and Dino Samartzis