2018 Symposium

2018 Program

Thursday 06th September 2018 

Registration Open 
7:30 AM 

Welcome and Introductions
8:00 AM - 8:05 AM
8:00 AM

Ashish DiwanSpine Service St George Hospital | University of New South Wales


Co Chair Prof Allan Sturgess, Department of Rheumatology, St George Hospital, University of New South Wales

Embryonic Development and Genetics 
8:05 AM - 8:55 AM
8:05 AM Dr Gavin Chapman,Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute
Key note 1: Development of the Spinal Column
8:30 AM Prof Danny Chan, The University of Hong Kong
Key note 2: Genetics of the spinal Disc In development and aging degeneration
Primary Care 
8:55 AM - 9:30 AM
8:55 AM Malene Ahern, Department of Health Professions, Macquarie University
Patients’ perspectives of primary care treatment for low back pain
9:05 AM Hazel Jenkin, Department of Chiropractic, Macquarie University
General medical practitioner perspectives on the use of an intervention aiming to decrease non-indicated imaging for low back pain
9:10 AM

Tatiane Mota da Silva, Department of Health Professions, Macquarie University
Predicting pain recovery in patients with acute low back pain: Updating and validation of a clinical prediction model

Recurrent Lumbar Disc Herniation Clinical Trial 1 
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
9:30 AM Uphar Chamoli, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW & UTS
Recurrent LDH - The problem & a Novel Solution
9:45 AM Ashraf Dower, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW
Who is most at Risk

Morning Tea 
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

Adult Degenerative Scoliosis  
10:20 AM - 11:00 AM
10:20 AM Jose Vargas-Castillo, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW
Pathology and Natural History
10:26 AM Larry Cohen, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sydney University
Identifying who to treat: Classification and agreement of sagittal balance and lumbopelvic compensation in the adult spine
10:32 AM Tony Kwon, Charlotte North Carolina USA
Minimally Invasive Lateral Access Solution – A Revolution
Spinal Surgical Clinical Trials 2
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:00 AM Dr Bill Sears, Past President Spine Society of Australia
Juxta fusion degeneration -Dynamic Stabilization 
Chronic Back Pain and Exercise 
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
11:30 AM A/Prof Daniel Belavy, Deakin University
What kind of exercise is most effective for chronic low back pain? A network meta-analysis. 
11:55 AM Jose Vargas-Castillo, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW
Predictors of who may benefit
Key Note Address 
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
12:00 PM Prof Manuela Ferreira, University of Sydney
Key Note 3: Assessments and evaluations of patients with Low back pain. What is recurrence and Why do they occur.

12:30 PM - 1:15 PM 

1:15 PM A/Prof Peter Kent, Curtin University 
Key Note 4: Lumbar pain and its impact on movement - are movement sensors and an understanding of pain cognitions useful keys to advance spinal therapeutics?
1:45 PM Sam Lapkin & Sam Mahajan, Univ of Wollongong & Spine Service, UNSW
So what is back pain?
2:00 PM


  • Prof Kent
  • Prof Ferreira
  • A Diwan
Pars Lysis & Listhesis: The latest 
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2:30 PM Danny Chepurin, Monash University
Bony Stress
2:37 PM Vivek Ramakrishna, UTS
It is the Disc
2:42 PM

Kyle Sheldrick, UNSW
Natural History and Non Op Care

2:49 PM  Ashish Diwan, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW
Surgical Update

Tea and Coffee Break
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Cervical Spine  
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
3:15 PM Tarcisio de Campos, Department of Health Professions, Macquarie University
Prevention of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis
3:22 PM Keerthana Sritharan, Spine Service
Validity of Sagittal and Axial Plane Metrics in the Assessment of Cervical Canal Stenosis on Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Spinal Canal Stenosis - Clinical Trials 3 
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
3:30 PM Dr Xiao-Long Chen, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW
Lumbar Canal Stenosis - Pathology and Natural History
3:40 PM Prof Ian Harris, Liverpool Hospital, UNSW
The Success Trial - a Sham-Surgery control arm study for Lumbar Canal Stenosis
Yoga Time 
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Disc Physiology, its Degradation and Regeneration 
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
4:15 PM Prof Danny Chan, The University of Hong Kong
The Spinal Disc Degeneration
4:35 PM Ji TuWuhan University
Sestrin-Mediated Inhibition of Stress Induced Intervertebral Disc Degradation Through the Enhancement of Autophagy
4:45 PM

Justin Mowbray, Spine Service, St George Hospital, UNSW
Intradiscal Therapies

Conference Mixer
5:00 PM onwards


2018 Speakers

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