Symposium #4


Subject overview

Spine ailments are in the top conditions that are costly and leading to more years lived with disability. Advancement in spine care is vital and this can only be with support for excellence in research, development and innovation. High quality research informs better decision making and cost-effective care, hence, better health outcomes. Excellence in research, development and innovation requires interdisciplinary team effort including clinicians, scientists, researchers, data analysts, funders, decision makers, and other relevant disciplines or organizations. In this symposium we will shed light on the road to excellence in research for better spine care, with a focus on building capacity, research translation and research priorities and we call upon countries to put spine care high in their research agenda to help minimize cost and improve health of their communities.


Symposium Objective

1. To identify the current status of research in spine care.
2. To build the case to support excellence in research, development and innovation for better spine care.
3. To raise awareness about the pitfalls related to evidence translation in spine practice.
4. To identify the strategic objectives and priorities in research, development and innovation for spine care.


Topics Highlights

1. Building research capacity among clinicians (importance of research & innovation to advance spine practice)
2. Research translation in different culture and designing clinical trials in different cultures and settings.
3. Define focus areas in research in spine – the current status and future of research in spine practice
4. WHO Strategic objectives of digital health



Saudi Arabia



10.30 – 10.45

Introduction and background

Hana Alsobayel, Saudi Arabia

16.20 – 16.30

Relevance of research for innovation and staying competitive with other specialties

Peter Vajkoczy , Germany

16.30 – 16.40

Clinical trial design: a global view of translation of evidence into practice

Wilco Peul, Netherland

16.40 – 16.50

The reality of research in low and middle income countries

Baron Zarate Kalfopulos, Mexico

16.50 – 17.00

Research priorities in spine for the for the next 10-20 years, Where should we focus on?

Michael Fehlings, Canada

17.00 – 17.10

Shifting the focus to primary spine care

Eric Werner, Norway

17.10 – 17.20

Q & A

H. Alsobaye & P. Vajkoczy

17.20 – 17.45

Panel Discussion And  Q & A

H. Alsobaye & P. Vajkoczy