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Harry Farfan Presidential Lecture – Nicole Saphier: Covid-19: How Science Bent to Politics

Raised in Scottsdale, AZ Nicole B. Saphier, MD, is an Assistant Professor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College and the Director of Breast Imaging at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New Jersey sites.

Nicole B. Saphier

Since completing her fellowship at Mayo Clinic in 2013, Dr. Saphier has had a meteoric rise in national prominence serving as a senior medical contributor on Fox News and Fox Business programming, being a best-selling author of two books, leading advocacy efforts to achieve health care legislation in both Arizona and New Jersey, running for political office, serving on her township’s health board and serving as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women.

Invited Guest Speaker – James H. Stock: The Macroeconomics of Climate Change

James H. Stock is Vice Provost for Climate and Sustainability, Harvard University; the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and a member of the faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School.

James H. Stock

His current research includes energy and environmental economics with a focus on fuels and on U.S. climate change policy. He is co-author, with Mark Watson, of a leading undergraduate econometrics textbook. In 2013-2014 he served as Member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, where his portfolio included macroeconomics and energy and environmental policy. He was Chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2007-2009. He holds a M.S. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

ISSLS – ORS Spine Section:  Artificial Intelligence-Based Spine Care and Research: Current Technology and Future Developments
Chair: Morgan Giers and Dino SamartzisSpeakers:

  • Dino Samartzis – Intelligence-Based Spine Care Model
  • Daisuke Sakai – Spine surgeon’s expectations in AI
  • Fabio Galbusera – Applications and future direction of artificial intelligence for automated image recognition
  • Morgan Giers – Predictive modeling for spine degeneration, herniation and pain
  • Augustus J. Rush – Robotics and augmented reality for spine care – current technology and future direction

Reflections from two ISSLS Founding Members

It is with great pleasure we announce that two of our ISSLS Founding Members will be attending the meeting in Boston to talk about the ISSLS History

Augustus A. White and Manohar M. Panjabi

Augustus A. White and Manohar M. Panjabi will talk about the beginning of ISSLS and the first meetings. They will also talk about the role of ISSLS in advancing the research in spine biomechanics and spinal disorders

Day and time: Thursday May 12 at 11:30 – 12:30
Moderator: Tom Oxland


The ISSLS Research Grant - sponsored by Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd and Seikagaku Corporation

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