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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

It is indeed our great honour to warmly welcome you all to the 2nd International Spine care Conference SPINE20, which will be held 17th and 18th September 2021 as a hybrid event, in Rome, Italy

The Conference will be organized around the theme “Spine20: Care for People’s  Health and Prosperity” and aims to promotes top level research and to learn and discuss some of the latest trends in these research fields through close interaction with distinguished and prominent leaders who excel in the spine care field .

SPINE20 can best be described as a global spine alliance think tank. It brings spine interested professional societies from all over the world together aiming to promote a spine care of excellence.

SPINE20 Inaugural Meeting is created to establish a sustainable advocacy and policy group that will result in improved understanding of global spine health issues, the need for improved inter professional education, access to care, treatment and prevention of disability for spine patients. The goal is to optimize spine care options for patients throughout the world by making recommendations to G20 members and Sherpas.

Spine20 new vision statement “Care for People’s  Health and Prosperity” emphasises the ambition of the Society to further reinforce health and  prosperity as a core partner in multidisciplinary spine care, and to guarantee accessible and high-value spine therapy or advancing the care of patients with spine diseases and related disorders.

Our goal is to deliver an outstanding program, which covers the entire spectrum of research & innovations in Spine Care, Spine Surgery and share the cross-cultural experiences of various treatment procedures and rehabilitation methods, by sharing ideas, updating knowledge and enhancing professional developments.​

There will be great opportunities for the sharing of the state-of-art and rapidly-advancing modern day management of spine illnesses.

The Conference in Rome takes place during the presidency of Italy at the G20 forum. For the first time, Italy is presiding over this globally important forum.

It will give tremendous exposure to spine care in the Nation and beyond.  “2020” will be spoken of in the future and our hearts and minds will swell with memories of tragedy, disruption, worry, sacrifice, challenges and the warmth of human kindness that only the likes of a global pandemic can bring with such intensity. 

And we will remember the privilege and responsibility we have as a society, to be a voice for those citizens and patients suffering from spine disease and related disorders, to ensure they continue to receive the health services they need.

While this decade began with some unique challenges—namely the global spread of COVID-19 and restriction of movement in many countries— we also witnessed a strong sense of solidarity, as people came together to support one another through the situation. As the world adapted to current realities, new digital solutions allowed us to remain connected. We hope to bring the value of these newly developed communication channels to this hybrid edition of the conference in 2021.

On behalf of the Executive and Scientific Program Committees of SPINE20, we ask you to stay engaged, keep us proactive and help us shape the future of Spine studies.

We look forward to welcoming you to SPINE20, 2021.

Giuseppe Costanzo
Spine20 2021 Chair

Bernando Misaggi
SICV&GIS President

Please note that as the number of lives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world is still high, the health and safety of our congress attendees remains our primary concern. The pandemic changed almost everything. During the last year we have learned a lot about virtual communication as well as found some advantages of on-line meetings.

Although  we all would be happy to meet each other face-to-face, together with the local authorities in Italy, we have concluded that it is safe to organise our hybrid meeting in hybrid format  (Onsite event&Online event) and have adopted the necessary safety measures.

For regulatory reasons, the capacity of the venue has been reduced to about 50%.

For those of you who will not be able to travel, we are putting in place the option to participate virtually to the congress, thanks to an online platform, where sessions in digital format will be made available for both the live and the online attendees. We are building on the positive experience of last year, we will enhance online interactivity and participation, with a new digital platform with improved functionalities.