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09:00 – 12:00 Focus Group #1-2
ISSLS Degenerative Spinal Phenotypes Focus Group. Creating a common language to advance knowledge
Chairs: M Battié & D Samartzis

Artificial Intelligence in Spine – (AI-ISSLS)
Chairs: F Galbusera, A Mannion, D Samartzis, HJ Wilke

Location: Salon J (open to everyone)
About the program: In the past decade, advancements in computing and analytics have led to unparalleled growth for the development of artificial intelligence (AI). With increased accessibility to affordable computational power and large datasets (“Big Data”), AI has radically altered the medical landscape. Machine learning, deep learning and computer vision techniques have further facilitated the development of immediate, automated imaging assessment. Additionally, computer vision algorithms used to categorize injuries found predictive associations with patient outcomes in phenotypic variations of the bone, disc, soft tissues, and alignment. In time, these algorithms may enhance predictions for clinical outcome, post-operative length of stay, patients at risk for complications, readmissions, and other adverse events.
In this open focus group we aim at discussing and initiating a platform for collaboration of large clinical datasets and imaging to facilitate AI solutions for spine pathologies, as well as at proposing new AI approaches for basic research. We also aim at developing an AI-ISSLS Guideline for scientific writing, reporting and reviewing AI research, which are becoming significant issues due to the high number of AI studies being published nowadays, not always of high quality.
13:00-16:00 Focus Group #3
How High Is Up? A Virtual Debate On The Future of Outcomes Research in Spinal Disorders
Chair: Rowland Hazard
Location: Special Poster Room 1
About the meeting: Spinal treatment outcomes research remains enigmatic. In this Focus Group results from the 2022 ISSLS Treatment Outcomes Survey will be presented for further discussion and debate

ISSLS Focus Groups  

The call for Proposals is closed and will open again in autumn 2022

ISSLS Focus Groups gives a chance to meet with colleagues from around the world on a specialty topic of your choice.

The International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) has been a leading scientific society in the area of low back pathology for over 40 years. Our Annual Meeting serves a forum for the exchange of information between members and non-­members in the basic science and clinical areas related to low back pain, disability, and other lumbar spine problems.

The distinctive strengths of ISSLS include the broad international attendance at our Annual Meeting and the multidisciplinary nature of the attendees.

Given this multidiscplinary focus of our Annual Meeting, some clinicians and basic scientists may not attend, rather preferring a more focused meeting in their area of specialty. For example, some surgeons may prefer a very focused meeting on surgical issues in the lumbar spine rather than the broad mix that is presented at ISSLS.

The Idea
To take advantage of our broad attendance from international leaders at the Annual Meeting, we would like to provide our members with the opportunity to organize focused sub-­specialty sessions prior to the Annual Meeting. These Focus Groups would enable advanced discussion and possible collaboration amongst a subset of interested members & non-­members. There is no limit to the nature of the topic to be discussed, apart from it being relevant to the mission of ISSLS. Possibilities include genetics, disc biology, registry, radiology etc., but ultimately are up to the creative energies of our membership.

What we can help you with is to advertise the Focus Group meeting on our website and arrange for a conference room with necessary AV and food and beverage.  There are four spots in the program on the first day of the meeting.

Next Steps
Each Focus Group must have a Chair who is an ISSLS member. The Chair is responsible for submitting a proposal that outlines the topic and describes briefly the rationale for a Focus Group (max. 1 page). The Focus Group Chair should be prepared to provide a brief report on progress at the Focus Group Report session during the ISSLS meeting. It is anticipated that some Focus Groups may meet in several consecutive years, while others may meet only once.

The Focus Group proposals are due to the ISSLS Administrative Secretary by January 15 each given year. A maximum of four Focus Group proposals will be approved. E-mail proposals can be sent to: [javascript protected email address]


With sincere appreciation, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine thanks the following companies for their sponsorship of the 48th ISSLS Annual Meeting in Boston, USA

ISSLS thanks the following exhibitors for their support at the 48th Annual Meeting in Boston, USA