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The Philadelphia Spine Research Society (PSRS) and the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) welcomes you to the ORS PSRS 4th International Spine Research Symposium. The meeting will be held in Split Rock Resort located in picturesque Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, a short drive from Philadelphia from October 23-27, 2017. Since 2011, the PSRS has been holding a biennial international symposium which has brought together leading researchers, clinicians and industry from all parts of the world. The past meetings have received high praise and positive feedback from participants. Importantly, since there was a unanimous agreement on a need for a focused research meeting on the intervertebral disc, the Society will continue this tradition of holding this international meeting on a biennial basis in Philadelphia.

This exciting multiday meeting will provide a forum for discussion of the latest research, medical innovations, and the most advanced scholarship in Spine Research. This symposium will foster a greater understanding of the clinical problems associated with degenerative disc disease and will highlight cutting-edge scientific research in areas of basic biology, epidemiology, disease mechanisms, biomechanics, tissue engineering, and imaging of the intervertebral disc. New for 2017, the meeting format will have plenty of networking time in the afternoon and post-dinner and the convenient location of Lake Harmony will provide great opportunities for outdoor and adventure activities that has made Pocono mountains a favorite tourist destination. The program will feature invited talks by several leading researchers. The meeting format will also provide opportunities for new investigators, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate students to present their work in podium/poster sessions and to exchange ideas in an informal setting with experienced investigators at the forefront of their field. The Society will confer its 3rd Lifetime Research Achievement Award at the meeting to recognize long standing contributions of a selected nominee. I hope that you will join us for this exciting meeting in October 2017. 

Makarand V. Risbud, PhD
Convener and Chair 4th International ORS/PSRS Spine Research Symposium