NASS 2024: Premeeting Webinars to Enhance Your Knowledge and Skills

As we gear up for the NASS Annual Meeting, we are excited to offer a series of premeeting webinars designed to enrich your expertise and prepare you for the comprehensive discussions and innovations showcased during the main event. These webinars are open to all, with NASS members benefiting from a discounted rate. The sessions cover a range of critical topics, featuring leading experts in the field who will provide valuable insights and practical strategies.This year’s pre-meeting webinars feature cutting-edge symposia submissions carefully selected by the Program Committee for online environments. Join us for real-time engagement, delving into diverse spine-related topics and gaining valuable insights from leading professionals.

CME is available. All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT.

Members: $35; Nonmembers: $65

Thursday, August 15, 7:00 p.m. CDT

Next Generation PEEK Interbody Fusion Devices: Scientific Foundations and Clinical Outcomes

Chairs: Raymond Hah, MD, and Ryan K. Roeder, PhD
Faculty: William R. Walsh, PhD; R. Kiran Alluri, MD; Matthew W. Colman, MD

Since gaining regulatory clearance in 2001, polyetheretherketone (PEEK) interbody fusion devices (IBFDs) have become a preferred choice over titanium, thanks to their radiolucency and ability to transfer osteogenic loads to the graft space. This webinar will delve into the innovations in PEEK IBFDs, including 3D-printed PEEK/PEKK implants, bioactive surfaces, and microporosity, aiming to promote better osseous integration. Participants will gain insights into the ideal characteristics of interbody fusion devices, new technologies in PEEK IBFDs, and the latest preclinical and clinical data.

Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m. CDT

Cervical Spine Controversies: Getting the Weekend Warrior or Professional Athlete Back to Play

Chair: Venu Nemani, MD, PhD
Faculty: Wellington Hsu, MD; Philip Louie, MD; Sheeraz Quereshi, MD; Alexander Satin, MD; Michael McCarthy, MD; Scott Zuckerman, MD; Andrew Hecht, MD

Presented in collaboration with the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS), this webinar will address various cervical spine pathologies in athletes, such as burners/stingers, cervical radiculopathy, and cervical myelopathy. It will explore controversies surrounding the return to play for amateur and professional athletes. The session will discuss technologies like cervical disc replacement and their roles in treatment, especially for contact sports. Attendees will also learn about managing asymptomatic cervical stenosis in athletes.

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 p.m. CDT

Personalizing Care for Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

Chairs: Mark Lambrechts, MD, and Konstantinos Margetis, MD
Faculty: Michael Fehlings, MD; Yi Lu; Joseph Butler, MD; Jamie Wilson, MD; John Birkedal; Iahn Cajigas

This webinar focuses on the latest management strategies for incomplete spinal cord injuries, emphasizing personalized care through machine learning algorithms and individual predictors of outcomes. It will explore surgical versus conservative treatments, especially in geriatric and frail patients, and the impact of surgical timing on recovery. Emerging technologies like brain-computer interfaces and neuromodulation will also be discussed to highlight their potential in improving patient outcomes.